DIY: Snowman Place Cards

This holiday season, in addition to our regular Julep contributors, we’re also sharing stories from our Minted artists and designers about how they celebrate this most wonderful time of the year.

Name: Bob Daly
Where you’re based: Reston, VA
How long you’ve been with Minted: Since August 2012
Favorite thing about the holidays: Sugar cookies
On my holiday wish list this year: Things for my toolbox
This never fails to get me in the holiday spirit: Cheesy 80s holiday rock songs
Favorite holiday tradition: Decorating cookies with the kids

For a festive (and fast!) way to dress up your dinner table for the holidays, Bob shared this adorable and easy-to-make snowman place-card tutorial.

Click through for the step-by-step instructions

• Off-white card stock
• Construction paper in various colors
• Buttons
• Scissors
• Pencil
• Craft glue
• Mason jar (or something similar with a 3.5-inch diameter to trace a circle)


1. Using the mason jar, trace a circle onto the off-white card stock, then cut it out.

2. To create the top hat, cut a 2” x 2” square from a dark-colored sheet of paper. For a more unique look, try using dark navy, chocolate brown, or charcoal gray instead of black. Once you have your square, cut out two small rectangles to create the top-hat shape (making sure to leave the hat’s brim). Cut a small strip of paper in another color to use as trimming. Glue the trimming to the hat, then glue the hat to the circle.

3. Fold over about a quarter of the circle (from the bottom) and crease it so the card stands on its own. Glue buttons for the eyes and nose and let dry. Next, using your pencil, make five dots around the nose button to create the snowman’s mouth. When you’re satisfied with how they look, use your Sharpie to ink them in. Be sure to leave enough room to write your guest’s name below.

4. Repeat steps 1–3 for each guest; write their names and display them at each place setting. You could also use them as buffet-table signs to label each dish.

Photos: Jessi Gilbert

More Holiday DIYs:
• How to Display Your Holiday Cards: Binder-Ring Flipbook
• Scandinavian-Inspired Clay Ornaments
• Easy DIY Christmas Stockings

  1. Kim Dietrich Elam

    Super cute, Bob!