10 Eco-Friendly Holiday Table Setting Place Cards – The holiday dinner may be extravagant, but there is no need to go to the same extremes with your table setting place cards. In fact, a more simple, natural and eco-friendly place card will complement your bountiful holiday dinner and your holiday table centerpiece. Here are 10 eco-friendly ideas for creating your own place cards for any holiday table setting.
Miniature Pumpkin with Flowers and Place Card
Autumn and winter holiday table settings will look right at home with a miniature pumpkin vase. Cut the top off of a miniature pumpkin or gourd, scoop out the insides, and use it as a vase. Fill the pumpkin or gourd vase with a mix of seasonal items with short stems, including colorful leaves, twigs, or other pretty and natural items. Or use fresh cut flowers.
For an added uniqueness this holiday season, create each eco-friendly place card holder with a blend of dried and live flowers. Add one twig that sticks out slightly above the other natural items. Use a piece of raffia to tie on a Manila name tag.
Mini Bamboo Plants with Manila Name Tag
Bamboo is an eco-friendly plant, and said to be lucky. Turn your holiday table setting place cards into a unique holiday gift item. Find tiny vases, fill with stone and add one tiny bamboo branch to each vase. If you can’t find vases, use recycled baby food jars, or other recycled items. Paint them or cover them with appropriate holiday-colored tissue paper.
Tie on a name tag.
Turkey Pine cone Place Card
Collect some clean-looking pine cones of different sizes. Also find some twigs with little curved ends that you can use as head and neck (you could also use red pipe cleaners). Brush off any debris with a damp paper towel.
Next, on the smaller end of the pine cone, glue on the twigs or the pine cleaners, whichever you could find. On the opposite end glue on two or three feathers. Wedge a small card with the guest’s name into the pine cone. Use the pine cone place card holder to direct guests to their seat.
Recycled Paper Turkey
One cute and eco-friendly place card idea for the kids table is to cut out turkeys from recycled paper. Use alphabet stamps to stamp the child’s first name or their initials. You could also use regular pen.
Add a nice seashore touch to the holiday table setting. For a fall or winter holiday this place card item will bring an element of surprise to the holiday table setting. For an added touch, tuck a natural sprig from fresh greens or a dried flower into the end of an open shell.
Stamp the name of the guest onto the shell,
Soy Candle with Tag
Soy candles can also provide a nice place card holder, as well as serve as tiny token gift for holiday guests. Cut a square of tissue paper in a holiday-related color. Place the soy candle on the square, and lift up the corners of the tissue paper. Tie an off-white string around the tissue tissue paper, half way up the candle. Include a name tag. Wrapping the candle in tissue paper will make a more festive holiday table setting.
Recycled Tree Ornament with Tag
One way to be eco-friendly is to recycle and re-use items we already have. If you have old but non-broken holiday tree ornaments that are no longer used, or are part of a broken up set, consider using them as unique place cards in holiday table settings. For an added touch, use a “to” and “from” tag, and give the place card holder away as a small gift.
Seasonal Fruit with Twine and Tag Place Card
Take a ripe and bruise-free seasonal fruit and attache a brown string and a manilla tag with a name. Stemmed fruits work best including apples, pears, or even a small bunch of grapes. Choose a variety of fruit, to add different colors and shapes to the table.
Polished and Painted Stone
A rock with an interesting shape or color that is cleaned can also serve as a natural and eco-friendly place card. Simply paint or stamp the guests’ name on the stone. For kids, paint the top of the rock like an animal, and paint their name on the bottom.
Name Tag with Greens
Another way to created an eco-friendly place card for a holiday table setting is with a bunch of pine or other holiday greens. Pick a full spring and tie a bow with red raffia. Attach a name tag for the guest.