DIY Christmas Place Card Holders

In this article: Learn the simple steps to make DIY Christmas place card holders. They’re budget friendly, quick to make, and add some of that Joanna Gaines’ farmhouse style to your Christmas table.

Handmade Farmhouse Christmas Craft DIY Place card holder | This wooden gift place card holder with greenery and pinecones adds a farmhouse touch to the Christmas table. It's quick and easy and super budget friendly! #farmhousechristmas #farmhousechristmasdecor #homemadechristmasdecorations #rustichomedecor #christmastable #christmastabledecorations

I didn’t set out with a theme for my Christmas decor this year. It just happened.

I think a trip to browse Hobby Lobby’s aisles should get the credit. It started with the burlap wrapped gift, which led to the 2×4 wood block Christmas gift decor…

which led to this…


These homemade holiday placecard holders are meant to that  like presents!;) Whether I set out with it or not, gifts are my Christmas theme this year!

This is another project that will help use up those leftover 2×4 ends that are just sitting un-used in your garage ~ and it’s super quick to make!

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Here’s the supplies you will need:

Prep the wood blocks by staining

I used the same method of wiping on stain with a foam brush and wiping off with a rag as I showed here. Stain all sides of each block.

Glue on ribbon

ribbon glued onto stained board

Wrap 2 ribbon pieces (or fabric strips) up from the bottom and glue in to the center of the top with the glue gun.

*Tip: When you use a hot glue gun, apply the glue, WAIT a few seconds, and then place item you are gluing. It will spare you from burning your fingers over and over!

Add faux greenery

adding faux greenery to stained board

Using the hot glue gun, glue down layers of faux greenery, ending with your “accessory” items ~ like pine cones, faux berries, or jingle bells.

*Tip: I used some old plastic faux greenery as my very bottom layer and then added more realistic looking greenery on top.

Tuck in name tags

paper name tags punched out and placed on holiday placecard holders

Using a paper tag punch, punch out name tags and tuck under the greenery. I used old book pages, but cardstock would work well, too.

*Tip: If you’d like to add even more decoration, you could punch a hole in the top of the name tags and tie them onto the greenery with jute or baker’s twine.

(Psst! I created this set of Christmas printable place cards that would look perfect with these!)

handmade Christmas farmhouse style placecard holders

Additional Ideas:

  • For a simple and colorful option to actual place cards, you could use antique wooden blocks with the first initial of each guest. (Like I used here.)
  • Instead of staining the wood block, you could paint it any color you’d like, and coordinate with different ribbon. A white “gift” with sparkly ribbon would make an elegant look rather than a rustic one.
  • If you wanted to set these present place card settings by each guests’ drinking glass, you could do a fun folded napkin option as well ~ like this Christmas tree folded napkin, or this one folded like a pocket for silverware.

For more Farmhouse Style Christmas Ideas:

If you’re looking for some basic table setting items, here is a list of Farmhouse Table Decor items inspired by Joanna Gaines herself.


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Original post date: November 19, 2018. Updated December 2021 with additional information.

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  1. Those are really pretty! I love the plaid ribbon with the rustic wood. I specially like the square shape and the way it sits on the round table setting.

  2. I’m making these for my best friend next week. I will put them away and give them to her Thanksgiving Day as an early Christmas gift.

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