Programs with a Punch

These ceremony programs were a blast to work on — mostly because I got to test out my new eyelet pliers! These programs were pretty simple and only included the names of the friends and family in the ceremony. To give the programs a bit more punch (no pun intended) and a rustic flair, we added a little piece of burlap ribbon attached by an eyelet. You can add this little extra something to programs, invitations, pretty much anything! Here’s how to do it!

What You’ll Need

  • Programs, or other card
  • Eyelet pliers
    I purchased this no-name eyelet plier from Amazon. It worked exactly as I needed it to — plus, it came with 100 gold eyelets that were the perfect size for this project.
  • 3/16″ eyelets, self-backing
  • Burlap ribbon
  • 1/8″ hole punch
    I used a McGill 1/8″ round hole punch from Paper Source. I’m sure you can purchase this other places too.
  • Fabric Scissors




  1. Measure the center of the program where you want the eyelet to end up.
  2. Punch a hole through the program with the punch on the eyelet puncher.
  3. Cut, press, & punch: Use fabric scissors to cut the burlap ribbon so it is long enough to wrap front to back. I pressed the ribbon in half using my flat iron — made it easier to work with for the next few steps. Use the 1/8″ hole punch to punch a hole through both sides of the burlap. I had to do one side a time in order for the punch not to get stuck. There’s also is a hole punch on the eyelet pliers, however they weren’t as sharp and couldn’t cut the burlap as cleanly and it worked better for the hole punch to be smaller since the burlap ribbon can stretch out a bit.
  4. Insert the eyelet through the burlap, the paper, and then through the other side of the burlap
  5. Crimp the eyelet flat with the eyelet pliers. Make sure you are holding the pliers the right side up (there should be a little etched image on the pliers or instructions if you bought another brand) otherwise your eyelet won’t crimp on correctly!

Tips & Tricks

  • I used a flat iron to straighten the burlap ribbon as it made a curl coming off of the spool. I also ironed all the little pieces in half to make it stay in place when I punched them.
  • Once making one of the programs with the burlap attached, you can use it as a template for where to punch the rest of the programs. Place the completed program on top of another program and mark the center using the eyelet. Just make sure the program you use as a template is centered! 


March 29, 2016