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Mustache Place Card Holders

I think I'm getting crazy carried away with the mustaches.  I hope when all is said and done it's not too much.  But I have to admit, it's been kind of fun seeing mustaches everywhere and all the possibilities.  I'm not too surprised that these mustache place card holders and tables cards crept into my thoughts and will make an appearance at our Mustache Graduation party.

While Drama Queen is a major artist and works with clay all the time, I don't have the skills, equipment, and expertise that she does.  I have used the Model Magic clay for a few projects and while it was great for my skill level, I found it was a little more expensive than I'd like.

After a trip through my Pinterest boards, I came across a DIY Model Magic recipe from Growing a Jeweled Rose.  Using only a few kitchen ingredients, I was able to make my own clay for these mustache place card holders.

Once the clay was ready, I packed it into my mustache ice cube tray.  I found mine at Hobby Lobby in a special end cap with mustache products, but you can find several on Amazon.

I found it was a fine line between packing the clay in to create the design and making the silicone mold expand from too much clay.  You'll be able to feel the difference, so keep an eye on that.

I was a little impatient in making these, so I stuck my clay and ice cube tray into the refrigerator to hurry the hardening process.  I let it sit in there for about 1/2 hour.  Then I carefully popped out the mustaches. 

The clay wasn't hard yet, so I stuck a bent paper clipper holder in the center to create a holder for the place cards.  

Let the clay dry for a day or two.  Then paint the mustaches black.  I used 2 coats of spray paint just because that was easy, but a good acrylic paint should work wonders too.

To finish my place cards off, I used my Mustache table cards to write my dessert table offerings.  I cut out the center design of the table cards and stuck them into the paper clip.

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