I love details on a tablescape. That’s one reason I love place card holders and place cards. So enjoy this easy way to make Christmas pinecone place card holders ~ and the place cards too.
Whatever the style of your table, place cards and place card holders bring an extra bit of fun and design to the table. These Christmas pinecone place card holders and place cards will add a special touch to your holiday table ~ even if it may be smaller this year.
Regardless of the formality of your table, I think dinner parties are so elegant. I read in a Miss Manners’ column her lament that people don’t have dinner parties anymore.
She said that there’s no party that is more conducive to genial hospitality and conversation than hosting friends around the dining table. I agree.
You can solve all sorts of table situations by providing place cards since you decide where everyone should sit.
So if you want a simple but pretty solution, let me show you how to make Christmas pinecone place card holders that will keep Aunt Martha and Uncle Harry from ruining your dinner party.
When you are hosting friends and family, it’s so nice to keep any confusion on where guests will sit at a minimum (especially if Aunt Martha and Uncle Harry are still debating the election of
2000 2020 or who mother loved best.).
How to Make Christmas Pinecone Place Card Holders
Dinner parties give you the opportunity to bring out your best dishes and napkins and silverware and glasses, even if it’s just a few times a year for a special occasion. Sitting at a lovely table puts us on our best behavior.
Not only are these DIY Christmas pinecone place card holders easy to make, they are so inexpensive but look great. They looked great on my Santa’s sleigh~inspired Christmas tablescape.
Supplies for your Pinecone Place Card Holders
You may very well have all these supplies on hand, which I did.
- pinecones ~ 1 for each guest
- clear glue
- small paintbrush
- glitter in your choice of color
- a piece of wax paper
Since my color theme included gold, I used gold glitter since I already had 2 jars on hand. It takes so little glitter but it has a big impact.
Making the Place Card Holders
A few weeks ago my local Central market had bags of cinnamon~scented pinecones on BOGO free. I think a bag was about $2.00 so I grabbed 2 bags. They have been sitting in the garage by the back door and it was nice to smell the cinnamon going in and out of the house.
I needed 8 pinecones ~ one for each place setting. I picked out ones that were on the small side.
For my glue, I used good old Elmer’s Clear Glue.
For glitter projects, I always put down a piece of wax paper to work on. I squeezed a big “glob” of glue onto the wax paper.
Using a small, inexpensive paintbrush, I brushed glue on the ends of the pinecone. You only have to go about 3/4 of the way around the pinecone since one side will be touching the table.
Then sprinkle the glitter onto your pinecone. The excess will land on the wax paper. Shake the pinecone to remove extra glitter. Then set aside to dry. Repeat with all your pinecones.
TIP: I found I didn’t need to completely open all the holes on the glitter. You’ll get enough glitter to come out with just 1 hole open.
When you are done glittering, you can take the top off the glitter, pick up the wax paper and let the excess glitter fall back into the jar.
Visit my most recent Christmas tablescape with a lantern and apothecary jar centerpiece.
Making the Place Cards
All you will need:
- cardstock in choice of color
- paper punch in choice of shape
- marker in your choice of color
- ribbon in your choice of color
Red and green were also part of my color scheme, so I used white card stock. A 2 1/2~inch round scalloped edge paper punch was just right. I used my red #856 Tombow hand~letter pen, but a Sharpie would work just as well. I had skinny green ribbon and red and white stripe twine to choose from.
I hand~lettered each name (I am getting better!!). I could have added glitter to the place cards, but since the pinecone place card holders had glitter, I decided to go simple on the place cards: one little red dot was just right.
Now, punch a hole at the top of your place card. (Seven of 10 of my tennis team were coming to the dinner party plus our coach.)
Next, add bows in your ribbon of choice. I chose the green to contrast with the red writing and it has more body than the twine.
I thought that I would place the pinecones sideways, but the place cards won’t go in the “slots” that way. I found that the best placement for the pinecone place card holder was long ways with the bottom facing forward. But that left the bottom without any glitter.
This time, I placed all the pinecones on the wax paper and brushed glue on all of them at once and sprinkled glitter on all of them, so this method went every fast.
I discovered that pinecones are just like snowflakes ~ everyone is different.
Now just put the pinecone place card holders on the table ~ I put mine directly on the salad plates ~ don’t worry the glitter was completely dry and none came off.
I love this ~ I love how they fit the casual side of the tablescape theme but have a little bling in the glitter. Super easy, fast and very inexpensive to make.
To store them for future use, I think I will wrap each one in plastic wrap and put them all in a large ziplock bag.
What do you think? Would you make these? I think this is a project you could let kids do for you.
My tennis team loved the place cards and pine cone place holders. A couple of ladies asked to take them home as a little favor. I was happy to oblige.
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