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Make an Easy Photo or Placeholder


I have a great placeholder DIY tutorial for you today using just a few supplies.  These can be created in no time, and are perfect for holiday and party table settings, as well as photo or holiday greeting card display.  Change the add-ons to accommodate any occasion!  Add a meaningful photo and give as a gift that will be cherished. The base wire holder is super easy to make, and embellishing possibilities are limitless.

Creating the Basic Stand


Wax or UTEE (ultra thick embossing enamel)

Ranger melting pot if using UTEE, double broiler if using candle wax (see this how to melt candle wax)

Silicone Cube Tray

18 guage craft wire

Wire cutters

Round mandrel or other object to form circle wire holder


The Wire

 Cut 10 inch segments of wire and wrap around mandrel or other round tube at one end.  Wrap wire twice to create the double circle that the card or photo slips into.


Bend wire at base of circle with your fingers as shown in photo .  Now it is ready to be inserted into the cube.


The Base

Melt your candle wax or UTEE per instructions, carefully pour into silicone square cubes and let harden.  UTEE sets up pretty quickly (just a couple of minutes), wax takes 15-20 minutes.

For this reason, if using UTEE, pour only 2-3 cubes at a time and insert the wire while base is still in tray.  You could also let it harden all the way, then pop it out and drill a hole in the center for you wire.  I prefer the in tray option (sorry no photo) since UTEE acts as a strong adhesive and will secure the wire without glue if placed before hardening.  Just make sure the wire doesn’t shift.  You may have to hold it in place for 1 minute.  If drilling, dip tip of wire in adhesive before inserting into drilled hole.

Here are UTEE cubes after hardening…

DIY place holder or photo display tutorial using wax and wire @savedbyloves

If using wax insert wire when wax is almost completely set.  This will be about 20 minutes.  Just insert the wire and make sure the wax is hard enough to hold it up.  Let harden fully, then remove your ready to embellish stand.

Thanksgiving Placeholders

The idea for these stands came to me when thinking of our Thanksgiving table.  I wanted everyone to have leaves to write gratitude/blessings on, to add to a “thankful tree” centerpiece I threw together.

To make the tree:  I grabbed a mason jar I had painted red, removed the ornaments from my Halloween paper ornament tree and put the tree in a hole I cut in the jar lid, added some stones to hold the tree in place, and topped it off with a fall bow.


Thanksgiving Placeholders; I embellished my stands with leaves I die cut from paint swatches with my Sizzix.  I hole punched them at the base and tied them to the wire with leftover hemp cord from a prior project.  For the name cards, I stamped cardstock circles with monogram letters and mounted them on scalloped circles.



 For Christmas placeholders, I attached a foil poinsettia (tutorial here) to the base, and a shiny silver bow.  I used the interference blue UTEE to create the cube because it looks like snow.

UTEE Ultra thick embossing enamel project tutorial

How to Make Place Cards


Book Page Pumpkin Patch

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Today I am sharing with you a great eco-friendly project for you fall decor, using old book pages or music sheets.  It came to mind when I ran across this paper sphere garland I shared with you last year…

The process is pretty quick and easy.  Here is how I did it.

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Book Pages

Pumpkin shape die, or paper punch, or template to trace onto pages and hand cut

Craft glue


Raffia or Ribbon


Cut pumpkin shapes with your die cutter or by hand.  I used 16-20 per 3D pumpkin. You could also use an oval shape if you don’t have a pumpkin die.

Fold down center and glue halves back to back like I showed you with the sphere garland:


When all of your 16 shapes are glued together, adhere the last and first pumpkins to complete the 3D pumpkin.  There will be a hole in the center for you to place a stick for the stem.  Add a line of glue along the stick to secure in place.  Embellish with raffia, ribbon, leaves, or beads as desired.

Make book page pumpkins @savedbyloves #papercraft #pumpkin #Halloween #Fall #DIY #upcycle

Make book page pumpkins @savedbyloves #papercraft #pumpkin #Halloween #Fall #DIY #upcycle

Make book page pumpkins @savedbyloves #papercraft #pumpkin #Halloween #Fall #DIY #upcycle

You could use them on your Thanksgiving table scape as place cards, or as part of a centerpiece.  Instead of a stick use wire & create a loop at the top of the stem.  Use the loop to thread your pumpkins on string for beautiful harvest garland.

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