Pottery Barn Inspired Slate Tile Placeholders Tutorial

Hey there! Today I have a fun craft that you can make in just four super easy steps.

DIY Chalkboard Tile Place Card Holders

These fun chalkboard tile place card holders are perfect for a fun get-together and they could not be more simple to make. I was inspired to make these when I saw Pottery Barn’s slate tile place card holders in their catalog.

 PB Inspiration Slate Tile Place Holders

Honestly people,  I wish I could buy one of everything in Pottery Barn (maybe even two of some things!). But until the big money starts rolling in, I will have to find a creative way to get a similar look for cheaper. For around $20 bucks you can buy their 14 tiles and two wooden stands or….you can do like I did and make your own for about $4. 

Supplies for Chalkboard Place Cards


Here’s what you will need:

  • chalkboard paint
  • paint brush
  • a strip of molding
  • wooden square tiles (1 1/4 in size)
  • piece of chalk

I already had my molding in the garage leftover from a previous project. But if you need to pick up a strip, it should only set you back about $4. I cut my molding into 6 pieces at 9 inches long. (If you know you have friends or family with long names you could make yours longer.)

Once I had my pieces cut, it was time to paint my individual tiles. I found my wooden tiles at Hobby Lobby for about $2 with a 40% off coupon.

Step 2 in Chalkboard Place Card Holders

I gave each tile two coats of chalkboard paint and then left them to dry overnight. The next day I seasoned them. (Just a fancy way to say…rub some chalk over the board). 🙂 You do this because when you actually write on them you will be able to easily erase without ghost print lingering behind.

 Step 3 in Chalkboard Place Card Holders

All that’s left to do now is write the names and set the table. There’s a setting for my hubby, me and some guy named Rupert! (I don’t actually know a Rupert but I liked the name!)

Step 4 in Chalkboard Place Card Holders

My version left me with 6 trays and 16 tiles for about 1/4 of the price of my Pottery Barn inspiration. A super simple craft that is a great addition to your table at any family gathering!


Laura Tusken Inspiration for MomsLaura Tusken has been married to her highschool sweetheart for over 11 years and together they have a six-year old son. A former Kindergarten teacher turned stay at home mom, Laura loves to keep busy inspiring others on her blog Inspiration for Moms. There she shares DIY tutorials, home decorating ideas, recipes and crafts. Above all, Laura ‘s main focus is to keep a positive outlook on life. When she is not encouraging others, she loves to travel and is officially addicted to Starbucks.

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Erin Kennedy

Erin Kennedy is the owner and editor of My Crafty Spot and loves to find the latest crafting creations to create and share.

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  1. Vickie Johnson says:

    I love this. How awesome! This is such a great idea and so much cheaper than Pottery Barn. Thanks for sharing.