Craft Cottage - Wooden Card Holders

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Crafting Time:

1-3 hours


Wood Working






Nifty & Thrifty

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Wooden Card Holders

Delightfully simple, these pieces of wood are a nice, rustic addition to your party’s décor. Use them to hold place cards, food labels, photos, whatever you can think of! Recently pruned a tree in your yard? Don’t discard the branches just yet—those are perfect for this craft.

Supplies & Tools:

  • Tree branches, about 3–4" diameter
  • Saw
  • Workbench
  • Safety goggles
  • Dremel or similar power tool
  • Pencil
  • Ruler


  1. Gather branches, tools and safety gear. Decide how many pieces you want to make.
  2. Put on safety gear.
  3. Use saw per manufacturer’s directions and cut branch into chunks. No need to measure or be exact when deciding the length of each chunk. A variety of sizes can add to the rustic feeling when these card holder are displayed. Our card holders range in height from 2 to 4 inches.
    Note: If you do not have the necessary equipment, find a friend to help! A fellow elf in Santa’s Workshop helped us cut the branches into chunks.
  4. Secure a piece of wood in the workbench and/or a vice.
  5. Draw a line on top of each chunk using a pencil and a ruler.
  6. Use Dremel per manufacturer’s instructions and with the appropriate attachment. Follow the line you have just drawn and cut a line using the Dremel.
  7. Do not press too hard at first; let the Dremel to the work. (If you apply too much pressure, you may break the cutting piece.)
  8. Once the line has been cut roughly, you can go back over the line with the Dremel to clean up any edges.
  9. Test the wood with a small piece of paper (such as a business card or index card) and set it in the cut of each wood piece. If the paper is tilted you know you need to cut a little more.
  10. Once you are finished cutting, rinse and dry all the wood chunks.
  11. Now you are ready to use the card holders!

Companion Craft for Kids:

Do you have wonky pieces of wood leftover from making these wooden card holders? Let your child decorate them with yarn, pompoms, pipe cleaners, and wiggly eyes to make some fun characters! Click here for the instructions.

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