Hosting a brunch or holiday dinner? Make these super-simple place card holders using fresh herbs or plants from your yard! They’ll give each place setting that extra something special!
How to make simple place card holders…
These are so versatile… you could use them for just about any occasion! And cheap too- I think the cards I bought cost around $2 for the package. Everything else was free.
What you’ll need:
- fresh herbs and garden plants (I happened to have rosemary and I snipped some oregano, lavender, sage, and dusty miller from the garden.) If fresh herbs or foliage is scarce this time of year, a fresh poultry seasoning herb kit from the grocery store would do. Small tree branch cuttings could work here too.
- gift tags with strings I found these brown paper ones at Target. Any craft store will have them. Or make your own.
1.Write names on place cards.
While it is possible to write these after attaching them to your herb bundles, it’s definitely easier to do it before. I found that my cursive skills were a little rusty (hey it’s been a long time since 4th grade!) and I needed to practice on scrap paper first.
2. Cut your herb stems.
Snip a 4-5″ stem of each herb and plant. If some are a bit shorter that’s okay- it’s good to have some variety.
3. Layer your stems.
Choose the largest, longest stem first to go in the back. Then layer your next-largest piece. I’m using rosemary and Dusty Miller first.
Add more stems to the bundle, using the shortest ones in the front. My sage stems were really short, so I placed them in front.
4. Tie your bundle together.
Using the string attached to the tag, tie the whole thing together. It’s okay if it’s just a knot. You want your tag to end up off to the side, with the name face-up. It may take some adjusting.
Now set it on your plate or napkin, and you’re done!
These would look gorgeous with pretty much any table color scheme. Think Thanksgiving, Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day…
I’m so happy with how these simple place card holders turned out. I’m feeling inspired to try some different plants and foliage next! So stay tuned…
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