I am thrilled to share 21 of the easiest DIY Christmas place card holders you can create for your holiday table. I have designed these place cards, and if you subscribe to my blog, you can download them for FREE in my printable library.
Today, I am joining 16 other bloggers to share the best Christmas in July, hosted by Rachel @thepondsfarmhouse. We have many ideas to help you get a head start on the holiday season. Be sure to follow along at the bottom of this post.
If you have come over from Chloe’s blog @celebrateanddecorate, welcome! I am so glad you are here. I am sure you loved Chloe’s holiday ideas.
21 unique DIY place card holders for your table
Links to my Free Printable Name Card Tags
1. Fresh lambs ear bow
This is the sweetest bow and so easy to make, and you still have time to plant some lambs ear if you don’t have any growing in the garden. All you need are a few simple craft supplies.
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- Cut four leaves that are similar in size.
- Allow the leaves to dry for one day.
- Using a hot glue gun on the cool setting, glue the bow loops together like the images below.
- Slide a large magic marker inside the loop and let this dry for a day or two. This allows the loop to stay open.
- Cut the ends of the other two leaves to create the ribbon points and allow them to dry for a day or two.
- Hot glue the loops together in the center.
- Fold a fresh leaf in half, wrap it around the center of the two bow loops, and hot glue it on the back.
- Hot glue the two ribbon ends on the back of the bow.
- Using the paper roll from a TP roll, cut a 1″ round.
- Hot glue a piece of satin ribbon around the cardboard ring.
- Glue your name card to the top of the ring with the ribbon.
- Hot glue the bow on top of the name card. See the image for positioning the bow.
- Place your napkin inside the ring.
Note these are fragile, so handle them with care.
2. Nutcracker holding a wreath
With these sweet nutcrackers welcoming your guests, your table setting will look charming.
I started with a simple plain wood nutcracker, painted him with a whitewash and gold accents, and added a small wreath of faux greenery and a handwritten name card.
3. Add mini Christmas trees to your DIY place card holders
- Gather a few small clear bottles.
- Purchase a few small bottle brush trees.
- Fill them halfway with white glitter and replace the cork with the bottle.
- Remove the wooden base of the trees and insert the tree into the cork.
- Decorate your tree or add some greenery around the bottle’s neck.
- Attach your name card (part of my FREE printable library) with baker’s twine.
If you can’t find small bottles, use wooden spools.
4. Dried thistles wrapped with baker’s twine
If you are looking for a natural look, this is the perfect name tag.
You may have recalled me foraging for these thistles a few weeks back. I added some liquid gold foil and attached one of my FREE name cards with raffia and a small slice of dried orange glued to the corner.
5. Fresh green tree in a burlap bag
Nothing is better than fresh greens on your Christmas tablescape.
This easy DIY only takes a few supplies.
- Mini burlap bags
- Fresh greens
- FREE printable tags ( available in my printable library)
- White rice
Fill the bag with the white rice to weigh it down. Add the greenery and tie your tag on with some baker’s twine.
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6. Gingerbread house name card
Saying Merry Christmas to your guests is so easy with this sweet gingerbread house.
I purchased these small birdhouse sticks on clearance at Michael’s. First, I removed the stick, covered the hole with tape, painted them like a gingerbread house, and added one of my cute name card tags. You could also use small wood birdhouses and add pinecone pieces to the roof.
Next, I placed the gingerbread house in a small fresh boxwood wreath I made from the garden (directions for the wreath are further down in this blog post).
7. Christmas mushroom place card holder
Add some whimsy to your dining room table with these pots of mushrooms.
I picked these paper mushrooms up in the clearance section of Michael’s leftover from spring. However, you could use wood mushrooms. I painted the cap with liquid gold foil and placed them in a flower pot painted white.
In addition, placing a small amount of moss in the pot gives you a touch of texture and nature.
Top it off with a mushroom shape name tag you can download for free.
8. Paper bag silverware holder name card
Adding a personal touch to your dinner table will make your guests feel special, and this is such an easy DIY.
I ordered small brown flat paper bags and hand-wrote my guests’ names on the front.
Slip your silverware inside and wrap it up with a bow.
9. Christmas in the garden with fresh greenery
This is an easy and fun place card tag.
I started with a simple brown tag that I purchased HERE.
Glue a slice of dried orange onto the tag and tie it with raffia.
Lastly, add a sprig of fresh greenery.
10. Fresh rosemary wreath with a dried orange slice
Gather a small grapevine wreath, some rosemary sprigs, and a wire paddle. Attach the wire to the wreath and wrap your rosemary springs onto the small wreath until you have covered the entire thing. Attach the stocking Christmas tag with raffia and add a slice of dried orange.
11. Cinnamon stick DIY Christmas place card
Oh, the sweet smell of cinnamon sure makes your table smell delightful.
To create this simple card stand, I glued three small cinnamon sticks with a hot glue gun. Ensure that the groove in the cinnamon stick faces up so your name card can rest inside it.
Hot glue a small piece of fresh greenery to the cinnamon sticks and place a slice of dried orange on the plate or glue it behind them.
You can find this name card in my FREE printable library HERE.
Here you can see the simple way I glued these cinnamon sticks together.
12. Fresh lambs ear Christmas tree name card holder
Isn’t this the cutest? My girlfriend, Diane, introduced me to how to preserve lamb’s ear, and I am obsessed.
It’s quite an easy task. Who would have known?
Cut your leaves and allow them to dry for a day or so. I like to work with the leaves while they are still soft, as they can become very fragile when dry. You can read Diane’s detailed blog post for further details with the link above in yellow.
I started with a small styrofoam cone and used a glue gun on the cool setting to attach the lamb’s ear leaves.
I then embellished my tree with a cute Ornament tag with my guest’s name. You can customize all of my printable tags with your own names by simply creating a free account @canva.com.
13. Elegant gold bell place card holder
14. Fresh boxwood wreath DIY place card holders
I started with a few sprigs of boxwood cut from the garden and a wire spool. Wire a few sprigs together and form the shape of a wreath.
Sweet and simple.
I added a ribbon banner for a little pop of color.
15. Epoxy red apples
These bright and shiny candied apples look so real! I coated a fake apple with red epoxy and let it pool on wax paper.
I punched two holes in the name card and put a ribbon through the holes to attach the name card to the stick.
16. Candy cane DIY place card holders
The traditional candy cane adds a fresh and whimsical look to your dinner table with this sweet card holder.
Simply hot glue three candy canes together, making sure the base is level.
Punch two holes in your name card and attach the card to the candy canes by inserting the ribbon into one hole, around the candy canes, back through the second hole, and pull tight.
17. Birdhouse name card holder
The red cardinal is a classic decoration for any Christmas dinner table.
You can find small birdhouses at most craft stores. Add a small piece of greenery to the roof and then clip on a faux bird to the branch.
Next, I printed one of my free printable tags with the name of my guests and tied it onto the branch.
18. Bird’s nest
A small bird’s nest filled with moss adds a sweet look to your holiday table.
I purchased these small tags and hand-wrote my guest’s names on the tags, and hot-glued them to the nest.
19. Edible popcorn tree
Yup, you read that correctly. This is a place card holder and can serve as your dessert too.
Start with a sugar ice cream cone, dip your popcorn in melted chocolate, and attach it to the cone.
Add a simple name card to the bottom.
20. Pink foiled pear
Maybe you want to create an out-of-the-box table using a pink theme this year.
This pink foiled pear is easy to make with the following steps.
- Gather a faux pear, gold foil adhesive, pink foil, and a chip paintbrush.
- Brush on the gold foil adhesive to the pear and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Be sure to read the directions on the adhesive first.
- Apply the pink foil onto the pear.
- Using a dry chip brush, burnish the pink foil.
- Add a personalized tag for your dinner guests.
21. Topiary tree chinoiserie name card holder
Lastly, if you remember my summer table printables, they are also perfect for the Christmas dinner table.
Attach the name card around the tree trunk and place it above the plate for each guest.
I hope you loved that inspiration as much as I enjoyed pulling it together.
I can’t wait to see which one you choose to decorate your Christmas table.
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