I shared with you earlier in the week my plans for a gold and rustic table for Thanksgiving starting with some sweet cork placemats. I wasn’t able to use wood slabs under my chargers, so I decided to incorporate them in another way – as place cards!

birch coasters

I picked up 6 birch coasters from Michaels, and lucky for me, they were marked clearance for $0.99/each (originally $2.99). Whoopee!

Even though I only need 4 tomorrow, I wanted to make a couple extra to use for future parties of 6. I also bought a small container of chalkboard paint. The directions said to apply 2 coats, 1 hour apart, then let cure for 24 hours before seasoning then using.

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I take chalkboards very seriously.

Using a small brush, I just free-handed a chalkboard circle-ish shape inside each coaster.

chalkboard birch placecards

I did the two coats, then the next day I seasoned the chalkboards by rubbing chalk over the whole thing then erasing.

seasoning the chalkboards

seasoned chalkboard placecard

But I wasn’t done yet. I needed to display my tiny chalkboards in the most awesome way…which brings me to my next purchase.

toy deer

Four tiny Bambis ended up being kind of a splurge at $2.49/ea, but when you need a miniature deer you need a miniature deer. Amiright??

I spray painted them gold using Krylon metallic (which is my fav gold spray paint) and took them from basic to posh miniature deer.

DIY Birch Place Cards

Wood Slab Chalkboard Place Cards

I bought a bag of plain pine cones and painted the edges on some of them with gold paint (Martha Stewart Metallic Yellow Gold 32105 and Gold 32103). It was super simple and really made them pop!

Gold Pinecone Centerpiece

I am LOVING how this is coming together!! Now, I’m off to prep for the big meal tomorrow! Happy Thanksgiving!

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