That’s right! I’m back with another fun DIY place card tutorial 🙊 2019 really is the year of the place card over here at The Small Adventurer! This is my fifth place card craft of this year. My very first one was these super cute chocolate bar place cards from back in February 🍫
I will always be a huge SpongeBob fan. It was such a big part of my childhood, and its importance to me hasn’t wavered at all, even as I go into my 23rd year on this Earth. I even included it in my about page here on the blog! So far, I’ve only shared SpongeBob recipes on the blog, but no DIY projects – until now 😏
Whilst I was watching SpongeBob one day, his work name tag caught my eye and I instantly thought: “I could turn that into a place card!” I then remembered the episode called “The Fry Cook Games”, where Patrick starts working for The Chumbucket’s side and gets his own name tag, and realised I could work that design into this project as well.
Having two different, but still SpongeBob-related design options would make these place cards perfect for any “double” event. For example, if two people are having a joint birthday party, one person’s guests can have the Krusty Krab place cards, and the other person’s guests can have The Chumbucket ones.
You could even use these for a wedding, and have one design for the bride’s side and one for the groom! That might seem crazy to some people, but I actually noted it down in my collection of wedding ideas as soon as I thought of it 😂
If place cards aren’t you’re kind of thing, you could also use these on Halloween or any event where you dress up and go as an employee of the Krusty Krab or The Chumbucket! Just keep on reading to find out how to make them 😊
YOU WILL NEED:
For the Krusty Krab design (inspiration):
♡ Blue craft foam sheet
♡ Cricut Explore Air 2
♡ Adhesive vinyl in red, white, and purple
♡ Transfer tape sheet
For The Chumbucket design (inspiration):
♡ White craft foam sheet
♡ Cricut Explore Air 2
♡ Adhesive vinyl in green and black
♡ Transfer tape sheet
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For the Krusty Krab design:
1. Using your pencil and ruler, sketch out as many name tags as you need on your blue craft foam. For this design, I made mine 9cm in width and 5cm in height. Cut them all out.
2. Search for your desired image of an anchor illustration online. I recommend using one with a transparent background so you don’t have to erase it in Cricut Design Space later on. If the image isn’t purple already, open it up in Photoshop and re-colour it purple so that your Cricut Explore will cut it from your purple vinyl.
3. Open up the anchor image in Cricut Design Space. Copy and paste as many as you need for your place cards. Resize them to ensure that they will fit on your name tags, then cut them out using your Cricut Explore. Place the purple vinyl sheet to the side to weed out later.
4. Open a new project in Cricut Design Space and select the text option. Obviously, you can’t find the exact font that is used on SpongeBob’s name tag, so I used the font Onyx (in all caps) as it’s somewhat similar, as well as neat and easy to read. Write in all the names you’ll need for your place cards, colour them red, and resize them – both in height and width – to ensure they will fit on your cards, then cut them out with your red vinyl. Place to the side afterwards.
5. Pick up your purple vinyl and cut around each anchor image. Peel off the excess vinyl of each one. Cut out a piece of transfer tape that is the same size as one of your anchors, peel off the protective sheet, stick the adhesive side down onto the anchor, and press down firmly.
6. Carefully peel off the transfer tape, along with the anchor, from the vinyl backing, then press down onto the middle of your blue foam sheet. Press down firmly, then slowly peel off the transfer sheet, leaving the anchor on the foam. Repeat with your remaining anchors.
7. Pick up your red vinyl sheet and cut around each individual letter of your first name. Peel off any excess vinyl, then cut out one piece of transfer tape for each letter, and press that onto the letters. Carefully peel off the transfer tape – along with the red letter – and stick that onto some white vinyl.
8. Remove the transfer tape, then cut around the red letter you just stuck down, but a bit wider than the letter is, so that it has a white vinyl outer edge. Then, cut out another piece of transfer tape that is the same size as your letter with the edge, press it onto the letter and use it to peel the letter off the vinyl backing before adding it to your craft foam sheet.
PS. If you’re unsure about the spacing of the names, I recommend giving each letter of one name its white outer edge, then play around with the placement of all the letters before taking off the vinyl backing and sticking them down. I also recommend doing one name at a time so you don’t lose any letters or misspell anyone’s name. Once you’ve added all your letters to each foam sheet, you’re done with the Krusty Krab designs!
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For The Chumbucket design:
1. Using your pencil and ruler, sketch out as many name tags as you need on your blue craft foam. For this design, I made mine 8cm in width and 5cm in height. Cut them all out.
2. Open up a new project in Design Space and select the text option. We’re going to start with the guest’s names. I used the font Two Turtle Doves as it’s messy and uneven, just like Patrick’s hand writing. Type out each guest’s name in their own text box, and resize each one so that their half as tall as the foam sheets are, then cut them out using some black vinyl.
3. Using some extra black vinyl and a pair of scissors, cut out a tiny black cross for each place card you’re making. Using just your hands, peel off the backing and stick one onto the bottom left corner of each Chumbucket place card you have.
4. Now, cut out three black lines of vinyl for each name tag you’re making. Using your hand, peel off the backing of one line per place card and stick that onto the very bottom of each place card. Keep the other two vinyl strips in a safe place, but don’t add them just yet.
5. Go back to your vinyl names and cut out each name individually. Peel off any excess vinyl, then cut out a piece of transfer tape that is as big as the name you’re using, press it onto the name firmly, peel both it and the name off the vinyl backing, then press it firmly onto the place card above the line you just added. Carefully remove the transfer tape without taking off the name of the line underneath.
6. Start a new project on Design Space and select the font Bernard MD Condensed. Type just the word “Chumbucket” in all capitals, then resize the width to 2.5 inches, and the height to 0.3 inches.
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7. Open a new text box and type “The” – in all capitals, once again – and resize the height to 0.3 inches. Click and drag this word so that’s sitting above the “Chumbucket” word that just added, and resize it manually so that the “The” is as big as the “MBU” in Chumbucket, as that’s how it is in the show.
8. Copy and paste as many “The”s and “Chumbucket”s as you need, cut them all out with your green vinyl, then carefully peel off the excess vinyl. Cut out each word from your green vinyl individually.
9. Place one of the “The”s in front of you, cut out a piece of transfer tape that is the same size, press it firmly onto the word, peel them both off together, and press that down to the middle top of your white foam sheet before removing the transfer tape.
10. Locate one of the “Chumbucket”s, cut out a piece of transfer tape that is the same size, press it firmly onto the word, peel them both off together and press them down directly underneath the “The” you just placed, then remove the transfer tape.
11. Using your hands, peel the backing off the two black strips that were leftover for each card, and stick them underneath the word “Chumbucket”. Repeat steps 9 to 11 with your remaining place cards, and you’re done! 🎉
These were so much fun to make, and I am super happy with the outcome! Ahh, there’s nothing I love more than party decor with a good theme ☺️
Until next time,