Wild Kingdom: A DIY Wedding Place Card Idea for Animal Lovers

A little gold spray paint can go a long way.
From: Fall/Winter 2014 edition

Some couples just have the DIY spirit. For the 11 months between their engagement aboard a sailboat to their wedding at Bonney Lake’s Kelley Farm, Julia and Jeffrey Dull built their own marquee letters to spell out the word “Bar”, scoured thrift stores for bud vases for centerpieces and hand-painted 200 plastic farm animals with gold spray paint to use as place cards. “My husband loves animals, so I wanted to include them in a chic way,” says Julia, who got the idea off of Pinterest. The two used a vintage typewriter to label the tags, which were attached to the animals with twine, and offered them to their guests as favors at the end of the event. “They were my favorite part of the décor details,” says Julia. And it made for a thrifty favor: Julia found plastic farm animals on Amazon for $84 (for 144), and spent $42 for six cans of gold spray paint. Total cost per animal: $1.

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