Science-y, steampunk-y vial place cards

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Sciency steampunkey vial place cards 3We're trying our best to make the dining table look like the desk of a (mad?) scientist. For some reason — I have no idea why — I really fell in love with the idea of using tiny vials somewhere in the wedding. So these are our place cards! They're all itty bitty glass vials with a label and some contents. We made 11 different types. I designed the labels: we used our ordinary printer and ordinary paper, and we glued them on with an ordinary glues stick. The label names are geeky references. The contents are mostly things from the pantry. And then we're gonna put the name cards on top.

Here are the geeky references with their vial contents:

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  • Mithril (Lord of the Rings): sparkly sugar
  • Oxytocin (is a real chemical that has gotten the nickname “the love hormone”): turmeric
  • Star Dust (could be anything. But we do love the Stardust movie): really pretty glitter
  • Tylium (Battlestar Galactica — notice the cut corners!): smoked salt

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  • Polyjuice Potion (Harry Potter): water with food colour
  • Athelas (Lord of the Rings): dried peppermint leaves
  • Adamantium (X-men): silver sugar pearls
  • In Norwegian: “Getafix Mighty Magical Strength Potion Effective against Romans, Vikings, Pirates and bullies in general” (Asterix and Obelix): olive oil

I am super psyched about how well they turned out. We'll try to distribute them so that people next to each other have different ones. Hopefully they'll work as a bit of an ice breaker too.

Comments on Science-y, steampunk-y vial place cards

  1. I love the BSG Tylium! Extra points for such perfect attention to detail. And your adamantium is ON POINT!

  2. This is pure genius!! I love this idea but where does one get the place card holder ring thing ontop of the vial, is it sold in craft stores?

  3. So I’ve been obsessed with this idea since I first saw it, and started brainstorming ideas immediately, and now we’re getting close to the wedding and it’s time to make them. My fiance and MOH really don’t want us putting any liquid in because some leaked out when one trial vial got knocked over. Did you have any problems with that? Thanks!!!

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