Stephen doesn’t let me decorate for Christmas before Thanksgiving. However, we’re are pre-transitioning at our house from fall to Christmas decor this week, so come Friday I can be in full-blown Christmas mode! I’m so excited. (To be fair, he did pop in Elf last night, so he’s excited too!) I feel like our house is happiest at Christmas. Everything is lit up and glittery. Plus, this is our first year with a house, so we are decorating outside! I just can’t wait.
To get a head start on my tablescape, Stephen and I crafted these Christmas tree place cards to match our Spode. They were incredible easy to make and are so stinking cute. Oh BONUS! I spent less than $20 on supplies to make these. It would have been less, but I could only find a 5 quart bag of fake snow. A smaller one would have been cheaper.. But now all my decor is getting a little dusting this year. Silver lining?
P.S. have I mentioned how much I love my husband? He jumps on board with all my shenanigans. He tagged along as I ran all over the place to find the items I needed to make these, AND when they weren’t exactly what I had in mind, he MacGyvered them until they were perfect. He is truly just my favorite person on the planet.
Ok back to my place cards. Here’s a little tutorial on how to make them!
Things you’ll need:
- Mini glass jars with a cork lid (Michael’s or Hobby Lobby will have exactly what you need!)
- Mini Christmas trees (the dollhouse section at a crafting store is a gold mine for these!)
- Fake snow (Again, Michaels or Hobby Lobby!)
- Super glue
- Place card picks (See below how we made this work.) You can buy them ahead of time on Amazon.
- Place cards (Check out the wedding section at any store.)
How to make them:
-Glue the bottom of the mini tree onto the bottom of the glass. We, of course, bought everything but glue. So I used double stick tape. It worked fine though. Just place a little dab of glue on the base of your tree, slide into the jar, and press firmly against the bottom for like 10 seconds.
-Pour a small amount of fake snow into the jar. I HIGHLY recommend you do this over a sink, and preferably use a funnel. We kind of just went with the “wing it” theory. It worked fine, but a funnel would have come in clutch.
-Use a thin utensil to push the snow to the bottom, or just smack the jar a lot til it shakes down. It’s ok if some of the snow stays on the tree, but just try and get it all off of the jar and down to the bottom. You want the glass to be clear so you can focus on your tree.
-If you have a place card pick, pop it into the cork lid. If you do not, buy a standing place card and use a wire cutter to clip it at the length you want. Hubbs took care of this part because I have the attention span of a goldfish and got frustrated that I couldn’t cut them on the first try.
-Write your names on the cards, put them in the holders and put the cork back on the bottle. I went with marble looking place cards because I have a marble dome I like to use when decorating, but white or gold or anything would be pretty. You can even design your own!
TA-DA! Super super easy and SO cute. I am getting the items for my tablescape ready this week so that when this weekend rolls around I can put it all together. I’m so excited about these and I will have another little detail post coming up soon.
What do you think of my place cards? What is your favorite part of the pre-Christmas preparation?
Tanya Bricking Leach says
Oh, so festive. Very cute. I love your christmas spirit!
Ashley Stephenson says
I love this DIY!! We aren’t hosting any Christmas parties this year but next year if we do I will have to remember this fun DIY!
Cara Owens-Kindly Unspoken says
Ahh those are the cutest!! I love this easy DIY for christmas cards!
Kelsie K Sabers says
These are literally so adorable! My mom DIY’s her placecards every year so I will be passing this along to her for an idea! Thanks for sharing!
Rachel@The Confused Millennial says
omg these are so cute!!! I can’t believe how easy they are too!
Jae (@gorjaeous) says
Aww aren’t these cute and so festive?? I don’t think I’ve ever seen holiday place cards such as these!
La Shell says
Oh I love these so much! These would fit in so good on my desk!
Patricia Conte says
These are absolutely adorable, and totally something even *I* could make! Love these!
Marci Smith says
These are so cute! I love it!
Michelle Morton says
Absolutely adorable! ?
OMG! These are the cutest, I LOVE them!! Such a great idea!
Whitney S. says
Oh my gosh!! These are super cute! Usually my husband is on team “don’t decorate until after Thanksgiving,” but we’ve been watching Christmas movies on the Hallmark Channel since November 1. We went out last weekend and bought tons of Christmas stuff, and on Friday we are cutting down our Christmas tree!!
Marette Flora @ Floradise says
These are adorable! What a fun and unique idea! I like how easy to make they are, too.
Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew says
Oh my goodness! So very cute! I love those little trees. They remind me of my childhood and setting up Department 56 houses around our home!
Mommy Engineering says
This is such a great tutorial and what a cute way to do placecards! I will have to try this, Im sure we are hosting Christmas this year!
Jasmine Maria says
oh my goodness these are so cute!!!!
Erica @ Coming up Roses says
I clicked on the title thinking it’d be little placecards with, like, Christmas trees drawn on them. THESE ARE SO COOL OMG. I’m obsessed!!!
Sarah Jean says
Ahh super duper cute!! Might have to make these when I go home for Christmas
Lauren Falardeau Pariseau says
OMG! These are SO cute and look relatively easy. Can’t wait to make these for Christmas Eve Dinner!
Kristen Jones says
These are the CUTEST DIY place card holders that I have ever seen!!
Summer @ Coffee With Summer says
How adorable are these!! So cute! Perfect keepsakes, too!
Allison Ellzey says
These are so cute and looks so easy to do!
Tatyanna Picou-Baptiste says
I absolutely love these! They can’t be any more adorable or festive!
Melody Angel Butler says
These are so adorable! I’m definitely going to bookmark this for the next holiday season.
OMG – I LOVE this !!!! I made a christmas ornament this year that was so similar – I never would’ve thought to make a place card holder out of the jar! Such a great idea!
Molly Moon says
Oh my goodness, how CUTE are these?! I love bottle trees any way, but using them for DIY place cards is basically perfection. LOVE!
Molly // Miss Molly Moon