DIY Light Box Place Cards

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Colorful DIY Table Decor

Today I’m sharing some easy colorful DIY projects for your holiday table.

colorful table decor

Disclosure: Thanks to JOANN for partnering with me on this colorful table… as always… they get me. They really get me.

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Right now, our current plan for Thanksgiving is a family affair! Which means the pressure’s off a bit as far as the fanfare and logistics. Buuuut…. I still want to decorate a pretty table for the kids to enjoy so I’m sharing a couple of the DIY table decoration ideas I made for the occasion and, guys… I love them. The light-up place card might be a top ten craft to date. I say this a lot before I share a project, but if you want to be more neutral with this… then by all means, adapt and adjust. All of these projects would be amazing in a crisp white or in shades of neutral. But color’s rad too. (Full material list at the end of this post!)

Light Box Place Card

Step 1. Cut a rectangle from the lid of the box

I was using wooden boxes so I used a sharp utility knife and scored the lines over and over until I had cut through the box lid. Paper maché boxes would be even EASIER but my JOANN didn’t have enough in stock and I was impatient! I made sure to leave 1-2 CMs of the lid as a frame.

cut rectangle out of wooden box

Step 2. Paint your boxes.

I used craft paint in assorted colors, but spray paint would work fine too! It all depends on the colors you want to work with!

paint the wooden boxes

Step 3. Cut tracing paper to fit inside the box lid

For this step, vellum would also work and would be a little sturdier. Tracing paper is cheaper, but you only need a couple of sheets. Using scissors or a sharp blade, cut the tracing paper to fit inside the lid of your box.

cut tracing paper tracing paper to fit in the lid

Step 4. Add the names to your tracing paper

I pulled out my Cricut for this and used pretty shiny green vinyl. If you have non-serial-killer handwriting, a sharpie and your best penmanship would totally work and save you a step! That said… I love the way the vinyl looks because it’s not translucent at all.

Add names to tracing paper

Step 5. Glue the tracing paper inside the lid of the box

Using a hot glue gun, glue the tracing paper with the names to the underside of the box lid.

use a glue gun to adhere tracing paper

Step 6. Add LED mini lights

Tell me that’s not the sweetest little place card EVER. I LOVE how bright and colorful it is, but it’s also a fun favor for your guests to take home when you’re done!

Add mini LED lights

DIY light box place cards

Colorful Beaded Napkin Rings

Step 1. Paint your beads

I’m working with assorted wooden beads so I first divided them up into six groups- one for each color box. My quick and easy hack for painting beads is to place them in a ziplock bag and squirt the craft paint in. I added a tiny bit of water to a couple of the bags where the paint felt thicker. Simply move the beads around in the bag until they’re covered and then pour them out onto parchment paper to dry.

place beads and paint in plastic bag

mix the beads around in the paint

The paint job’s not pristine because they were resting on the parchment paper, but for napkin rings I wasn’t too concerned. (If you want a perfect finish, thread the beads onto a small skewer with either end resting on a bowl or small cardboard box to elevate them.)

pour the beads onto parchment paper

Use a skewer to separate the beads so they don’t stick to each other when dry.

separate beads with skewer

Step 2. Thread the beads onto ribbon

I took a small gauge floral wire and poked it through the end of my ribbon. Then I used the wire to help thread the beads alternating one large with one small. I determined that 5 of each size was about the right length.

thread a ribbon through the beads

Step 3. Tie the ribbon to form the napkin ring

I tied the ends of the ribbon tight thereby pulling the beads into a circle and finished it off with a bow. You could do this another way and either skip the bow or add a tassel… up to you!

tie the ends of the ribbon to make a ring

colorful beaded napkin rings

Painted Pumpkins

For the centerpiece, I kept it SUPER simple and spray painted a couple dozen faux pumpkins. I tried to use paint that corresponded to the boxes and the napkin rings to tie the whole tablescape together!

spray painted faux pumpkins

colorful pumpkin centerpiece

I love how bright and cheerful the table looks… and I KNOW the kids will love it. They saw me photographing their boxes and already tried to sneak them away into their rooms… if there’s something I know kids like- it’s a trinket holder.

make your own colorful table decor


To elevate the spray painted pumpkins a bit, it would be easy to add some faux succulents or even some grocery store flowers the morning of your holiday. Our kitchen table is tight for space so I left it alone, but I’d love to see what you guys do with this if you make these for your table!

colorful holiday table decor

bright and colorful table decor

Colorful Table Decor Materials

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  1. Love These! Thinking about them as a favor for the kids at our Christmas party or for CHANUKAH(we embrace it All) to hold their gelt.