Pinecone Escort Card Stand

Pinecones! Pinecones! 

First, decide what size you want your stand to be. I decided on 3ft by 6ft because I know it'll fit in my car.   Home Depot has 4ft by 8ft. pieces of plywood that you can get cut to specific sizes. So this is what I did...

I knew I had 4ft by 8ft to work with, so I decided that I was going to use 3ft by 6ft for the display, 1ft by 6ft for the stand in the back of the display, and I would just save the 1ft by 2ft pieces for other projects.  I ventured off to Home Depot with my "DIY On"! Ready to conquer that place like no other! My favorite plywood is...  

I knew I had 4ft by 8ft to work with, so I decided that I was going to use 3ft by 6ft for the display, 1ft by 6ft for the stand in the back of the display, and I would just save the 1ft by 2ft pieces for other projects. 

I ventured off to Home Depot with my "DIY On"! Ready to conquer that place like no other! My favorite plywood is...

 

This plywood is smooth, stains nicely, sturdy, and you can easily paint/write on it. It's pretty heavy and awkward to get on the cart. But all the Home Depot guys are so nice and friendly, just ask for help. I then went to the saw and asked the helpful, Home Depot man to cut the plywood into the various sizes I needed. The first 4-5 cuts are free and all cuts after are 50 cents each. Its a rough cut but good enough for the job. (And I don't run the risk of cutting my fingers off at home, BONUS!)  

This plywood is smooth, stains nicely, sturdy, and you can easily paint/write on it. It's pretty heavy and awkward to get on the cart. But all the Home Depot guys are so nice and friendly, just ask for help.

I then went to the saw and asked the helpful, Home Depot man to cut the plywood into the various sizes I needed. The first 4-5 cuts are free and all cuts after are 50 cents each. Its a rough cut but good enough for the job. (And I don't run the risk of cutting my fingers off at home, BONUS!)

 

After paying, getting into the car, and lugging it into backyard...I had a cookie with a cup of coffee. Those Home Depot runs can run from a 30 minute-1 1/2 hour adventure! Up next...Staining! I will always stain the side with the least amount of splinters. 

After paying, getting into the car, and lugging it into backyard...I had a cookie with a cup of coffee. Those Home Depot runs can run from a 30 minute-1 1/2 hour adventure!

Up next...Staining! I will always stain the side with the least amount of splinters. 

I picked a gray stain because I wanted the pinecones to stand out. I think if I would of stained it a dark walnut or espresso, the pinecone would of gotten lost in the wood. I like to use an old t-shirt and dunk it into the stain. (I don't like to get my hands dirty so I wear gloves, in times of desperation, I have used sandwich bags instead of gloves.)  

I picked a gray stain because I wanted the pinecones to stand out. I think if I would of stained it a dark walnut or espresso, the pinecone would of gotten lost in the wood. I like to use an old t-shirt and dunk it into the stain. (I don't like to get my hands dirty so I wear gloves, in times of desperation, I have used sandwich bags instead of gloves.)

 

 Next, I screwed the 1ft by 6ft stand on the back of the display. I used one hinge, however, it was a little rickety. You can use two hinges if you want to make it a little sturdier. The one hinge did the job, but I think next time, I'll use two hinges.  I centered the stand so it would hold up the display, similar to a picture frame with the backing. 

 Next, I screwed the 1ft by 6ft stand on the back of the display. I used one hinge, however, it was a little rickety. You can use two hinges if you want to make it a little sturdier. The one hinge did the job, but I think next time, I'll use two hinges.  I centered the stand so it would hold up the display, similar to a picture frame with the backing. 

  Up next, I made a table on Word so I could mark with a pen where I would hammer the nails. I then projected it on the display and used a pen to mark dots to indicate where I would hammer all the nails. Or you can sit with a measuring tape/ruler and mark your spots too.  

 

Up next, I made a table on Word so I could mark with a pen where I would hammer the nails. I then projected it on the display and used a pen to mark dots to indicate where I would hammer all the nails. Or you can sit with a measuring tape/ruler and mark your spots too.

 

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  Hammer Time! I laid the wood down on the floor and hammered away!  

 

Hammer Time! I laid the wood down on the floor and hammered away!

 

It kinda looks like Plunko, huh?

It kinda looks like Plunko, huh?

  After that, I put aside the display and started assembling the escort cards. I bought the bag of 100 mini pinecones off of Amazon, bought some string at Target, and bought card stock kraft paper from Paper Source. 

 

After that, I put aside the display and started assembling the escort cards. I bought the bag of 100 mini pinecones off of Amazon, bought some string at Target, and bought card stock kraft paper from Paper Source. 

I wrote the first and last name of the guests on the front of the 1.5 inches by 2.5 inches escort cards and the table number on the back. I wrapped the string on top of the pinecone and tied it though the hole punch of the escort cards. I wrapped the string once around the nail in hopes that it wouldn't fall off or blow away at the venue. And.... TA-DA!

I wrote the first and last name of the guests on the front of the 1.5 inches by 2.5 inches escort cards and the table number on the back. I wrapped the string on top of the pinecone and tied it though the hole punch of the escort cards. I wrapped the string once around the nail in hopes that it wouldn't fall off or blow away at the venue. And.... TA-DA!

 I arranged it by last name on the display board.  Next, I painted "Your seat awaits". I used white acrylic paint.  

 I arranged it by last name on the display board. 

Next, I painted "Your seat awaits". I used white acrylic paint.

 

  I then used three screws and floral wire at the top of hold the green foliage in place. I used some greenry in my backyard. I attached it to the top of the display to add some foliage.

 

I then used three screws and floral wire at the top of hold the green foliage in place. I used some greenry in my backyard. I attached it to the top of the display to add some foliage.

 And there you have it! I carried it like this to my car so that I could save some time from assembling it at the venue. It held up great! The key was wrapping the string around the nail to keep the pinecones and escort cards from falling off.   

 And there you have it! I carried it like this to my car so that I could save some time from assembling it at the venue. It held up great! The key was wrapping the string around the nail to keep the pinecones and escort cards from falling off.