How To Print Place Cards

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Print Place Cards at Home in Only 5 Steps

Printing your own place cards from home is a breeze. Below you will find two comprehensive tutorials that outline the entire process of personalizing and printing your place cards from start to finish. Creating your own table cards has never been so easy. For extra flair consider embellishing your place cards with bows or ribbon!

Tutorial 1: How to Print Your Own 4-Up Place Cards

Tutorial 2: How to Print Personalized Pre-Cut Place Cards

If you would rather speed things up a bit, we offer a selection of 4-up place cards pre-scored and pre-perforated on an 8 1/2 x 11 sheet of cardstock for maximum ease.

With a selection of over 80 precut place cards, we guarantee you will find the perfect match for your occasion.

We want you to spend your time creating an elegant table card that truly embodies the theme of your event. Both tutorials can be found below.




How to Print Pre-Cut Place Cards

Blank place cards made elegant & beautiful are just minutes away with our free templates and this step by step guide. In this tutorial you will learn how to set up the Word document, set a custom document size for printing, as well as print your beautiful place cards!

Free Downloadable Print Templates

Step 1 – Download the free printing template

Download the free printing template provided on our web site appropriate for your product. The downloaded file will contain the template itself as well as a few additional helpful files to make your DIY project as easy as possible. This printing template is also available on each Place Card product page.

 

Open Template in Microsoft Word or another word processor that reads DOC format.

Step 2 – Open the template file in Microsoft Word

Open the template file in Microsoft Word or with another word processor that reads the DOC format.

  • The template is formatted to the dimensions of the flat place card (4.5 x 5 inches
  • Margins are set to .5 inches all around except for the top.
  • The top margin is set to 3.25 inches to accomodate for the back side of the card which you will not be printing on.

Once folded, its finished size will be 4.5 x 2.5 inches. You’ll have a better idea once you see the printed place card.

 

 

 

Adjust Printer's Guide Flush Against Paper

Step 3 – Enter your guests names and table numbers

Change the sample place card wording so that it’s relevant to your event. Type the name and table number for one of your guests. Consider Changing the font face and size. Perhaps you’ll choose text to match that of your invitation.

We’ve set up our template and we’re almost ready to print.

We suggest cutting a plain piece of paper down to the dimensions of the place card and use it as a printing test. Load the test sheet into the printer and adjust the printer’s plastic guide to rest flush against the paper.

Step 4 – Time To Print!

Before printing, we need to set the custom document size of our place card. Otherwise, the printer assumes we are printing on a standard 8 1/2 x 11 sheet instead of a place card.

Printing On a PC

Printing On a MAC

  1. Go to File/Print and choose your printer.
  2. Click the Properties button to access the printer driver.
  3. Print Driver Information

  4. Find the area for paper size.
  5. Enter a custom value using the dimensions of our unfolded place card – 4.5in wide by 5in high.
  6. Print Driver Information

  7. Accept the changes and hit OK. You’ll find yourself back at the print dialog box.
  8. Hit OK once more and print your test sheet. Only the bottom half of the test sheet will be printed.
  1. Go to File/Print and choose your printer.
  2. Click the Page Setup button to access the printer driver.
  3. Under Paper Size, scroll to the bottom and select Manage Custom Sizes.
  4. Print Driver Information

  5. Click the [+], Click ‘Untitled’ and name your new custom paper size ‘4.5 x 5’
  6. Custom Paper Size Settings

  7. Next to Paper Size, enter the custom dimensions of our unfolded place card-4.5in width by 5in height and hit OK. You’ll find yourself back at the Page Setup dialog box.
  8. Hit OK once more to return to the Print dialog box.
  9. Finally, press Print and print your test sheet. Only the bottom half of the test sheet will be printed.

Completed Place Card

Step 5 – Fold and Finish

Fold the sheet in half as you would fold a place card. The front panel printing should be vertically and horizontally aligned.

Like What You See?

Once you’ve settled on the look of your place card, you should save the template to your Documents folder. At your convenience, you can go back to your customized template and finish typing the rest of your names and table numbers.

 

Print Individual Single Cut Cards

Lets Print the Rest!

You can load your place cards into your printer and print the cards one by one, changing the template wording to show a different name and table number for every card, or you can set up a mail merge. A mail merge requires some extra setup time so we’ll leave that lesson for another article.

 

 

 

 

Congratulations! You’ve learned how to print professional looking place cards using LCI Paper’s free template and your printer.

 



Learn How to Print 4up Printable Place Cards

4up Printable Place Card template

 

The easiest way to print your own place cards is by ordering our 4up Printable Place Cards and downloading our free Word printing template. All you have to do is type in your guests’ names and table numbers and click print! Because these come on a standard size 8 1/2 x 11 inch sheet, you dont have to mess with any printer settings and you can print with any home inkjet or laser printer! Here’s how:

 

Step 1 – Download Our 4up Printable Place Card Printing Template

The downloaded file will contain the template itself as well as a few additional helpful files to make your DIY project as easy as possible. This printing template is also available on each Place Card product page.

Step 2 – Open the file 4Up-Place-Cards.doc in Microsoft Word

This file is located inside your ZIP file download. When you open it, you will see a document with four names and table numbers.


Place Card template with updated font

Step 3 – Enter your guests names and table numbers

Replace the sample names and table numbers with the information for your guests. If you like, you can change your fonts and font sizes, add graphics, and be as creative as you like.


4-Up Place Card print screen Word 2010

 

Step 4 – Print your personalized place cards

Click File > Print. Because these sheets measure 8 1/2 x 11 inches–the same size as plain copy paper–you won’t need to change any settings. Print one 4-Up sheet and make sure you’re happy with the results.

You can print a test on a sheet of copy paper, then hold it up in front of the 4-Up sheet to make sure everything is lined up to your preference.

Continue to work with your Word template, replacing names and table numbers with another set of four guests, printing that sheet, and repeating.


Step 5 – Fold and tear to complete your place cards

1) Fold and remove outer edges:

2) Separate by folding and tearing:

3) Finally, fold along the score line:

Tear away the sides of the 4-Up Place Card Tear the left section away from the right section Fold each place card along the score line

If you would like to learn more about printing all of your place cards at once read more: Print 4Up Place Cards with Microsoft Word Mail Merge!

 
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4 Comments

  1. Elisabeth says:

    Hi there-

    I’m wondering if you’ve ever created an inDesign template for this place card? I’d like to get more creative than word is letting me, but I’m having some trouble creating the initial template in inDesign.

    Thanks
    Elisabeth

    • Kristen says:

      Hi Elisabeth,

      Unfortunately we have not created an inDesign template for our 4-up place cards, just the Microsoft Word template you see.

      The reason we offer MS Word templates is because it is the program that the majority of our customers use to customize and print our items, as they typically already have this common program installed on their home computers.

      Perhaps you can use the properties and dimensions in our 4-up MS Word template to set up your own inDesign template.

      Please let us know if you have any questions.

  2. Alan Spohn says:

    I am having a dinner party and we wil have one long table. I wouuld like to have a place card with names which can be read from either side of the table. Since we will have only one long table can you e;liminate the table number?
    I think the card should be folded in the middle so it could stand like an A frame rather than be laid flat on the table. We are having approximately 22 guests How much will the cards cost for that number?

    • JB says:

      Hi Alan,

      After you’ve downloaded the free Word printing template and begin customizing it for your needs, you will be able to remove the table number line.

      Printing on the back side of the place card is possible because you can print each sheet twice. After you’ve printed one page as shown in this tutorial, just reload the page and rotate it 180 degrees before loading it back into your printer and printing again. The will print the name on both sides of each card so that you can fold it in a tent style and have the name show from both sides of the table.

      Our 4 Up Place Cards are currently sold in 50 packs yielding 200 cards or 10 packs yielding 40 cards, depending on which style you choose.