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Watercolor Place Cards and Free Printable


Personalize your holiday table with charming DIY place cards made with watercolors.

watercolorplacecardcraftberrybushforehowWith the holidays fast approaching, here is a super quick and easy place card that looks beautiful not only on a Thanksgiving table but also at Christmas. Your friends will never know it took you only a few minutes (unless you share this post, in which case, I will be forever grateful).


Things You’ll Need

  • Watercolor paper or thick cardstock paper
  • Watercolor set
  • Paintbrush (I usually use my Raphail #2, and a 0 for the finer strokes.)
  • Fine-tipped marker


Gently rip around the piece of watercolor paper to make a ragged edge. I love the texture and look the paper takes on when ripped.

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Prepare your colors of choice.


Lightly draw a curved line at the top-left corner.


Draw a few lines coming out of the curved line.


Draw elongated, tear-like shapes from each line. If you wish, you can draw a couple of ovals for olives.


Start with your lightest green, and fill in the leaves.


Take some of your darker green and paint the bottom half of the leaves.


Mix a little bit of green and red (1:1) to make brown, and color in your olives.


Use a fine-tipped marker to write a name, and voila, a pretty watercolor place card for your special guests.

Tip: You might also find this tutorial helpful, if you wish to add more detail to your branch.


I hope you give it a go, but if you’re not feeling up to it because you’re too busy baking, you can also download these here.

Print on thicker paper to get the ragged-edge look, or simply cut around the border.



If you have any questions or need clarification, please leave a comment or send me an email at and I’d be happy to help you.

Have a great day!

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