When I was designing the mood board for our wedding and dreaming up decor ideas, I had a lot of hexagons and geometric shapes throughout because it was one of the main ways I wanted to represent the "modern" aspect of our event. (If you're interested you can see more images of our wedding here!) I thought marble hexagon place card tiles would fit in perfectly with the rest of our decor and styling.
I fully appreciate the magic that is marble and hexagons, and I hope that's why you're here too! The place cards I did for my own wedding are still one of the most talked-about and memorable aspects of the day. If you're looking to do these for your own event too, read on for how to DIY these marble hexagon place cards!
First of all, I want to warn you. These are truly a labor of love, and the prep work is the hardest part. BUT. They are so worth it. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's begin!
- Marble tiles (mine were the 3" honed versions)
- Disposable gloves
- X-acto knife
- Cutting mat
- Tack cloth or cheesecloth
- Something to protect your work surface!
- Pen and ink of choice (I used a Brause EF66 nib and custom mixed gold ink)
When you receive your marble tiles in the mail, they will come mounted on a mesh sheet since these are typically used in home improvement. Put your gloves on before opening up the packages of sheets and you'll thank me later. (Spoiler: Tile splinters are a thing.)
- Peel all your tiles off the mesh backing. This will take a while, so you may not want to do it all in one sitting. Make sure to wear your gloves and protect your work surface!
- YES! They're all individual now. There will still be little pieces of glue sticking out from the back of the tile, so this is where your X-acto and cutting mat will come in. Place the tile right side up and trim off all the excess glue, cutting as close to the tile as possible. You may still want to wear your gloves for this step. (Some people like to sand the glue off instead but I didn't want so much tile dust in the air.)
- The back still looks ugly, but no one is going to care that much. If this bothers you a lot, or if you want to spend the time and effort, you can add felt to the back, although I didn't.
- Take your tack cloth and rub each tile individually to remove all dust, debris and tile splinters. Ouch.
Finally they are all prepped and beautiful! They should look like the above photo. No one will ever know how much time you spent prepping these, unfortunately.. you know, they just think you buy them looking like this..
I won't go over the steps of writing on them, but basically you can write on them with nib and ink like you would on paper, or you can use a paint pen. Test it out first on one tile and see which nib works best for you on the tile. If you'd like, you can spray these afterward with a matte fixative to make sure the ink doesn't rub off (I didn't do this, but you totally can!).
That's it! It's really just the prep work that gets you but the end result is so worth it in my opinion. Your guests will most likely take theirs home after the wedding as a keepsake (our guests did!) and even if they don't, they'll remember those place cards for a long time after.
Let me know if you have any questions or end up trying this project! I'd love to hear how it goes!
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