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Project

Tree Place Card

Introduction

Plant a forest of place cards on the holiday table. Kids can help fold paper trees and add stars with guests' names.

Materials

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Download and print tree and star designs onto card stock; cut out.

  2. Step 2

    An adult should cut a slit in tree's center with a utility knife where indicated.

  3. Step 3

    At each set of opposite arrows, fold paper in half, crease, and unfold: For green arrows, fold so design is on inside; for red, fold so it's outside.

  4. Step 4

    Form into tree shape. Write name on star; insert into slit.

Source
Martha Stewart Kids, Volume 16 2004

Reviews (17)

  • FlavinhaGomes 27 Dec, 2010

    Hi everyone!!! I am from Brazil and did this place card to my place's Christmas dinner and it was a success!!! I just put some glue glitter on the top of each star, to became more like our summer brazilian Christmas! Cheers!

  • SPV 23 Dec, 2010

    Cute idea, one I will use again. I liked the suggestion by Cleonice_lee to use yellow paper so that the star would be yellow on both sides. I will print some that way also. Thanks so much for all of the ideas, as I am a sewer/crafter who loves to do but doesn't have many original ideas ... THANKS!

  • biker 16 Dec, 2008

    I printed the template onto cardstock and it turned out great. I would suggest that you make all of the folds FIRST, as when you cut it out, you lose the arrows. My frined is also having her grandaughters make these for their Christmas dinner.

  • cleonice_lee 11 Dec, 2008

    Yes ! loved it - I actually just printed the entire page on a yellow paper - so that the star can be yellow on both sides - and the green turns out fine :)

  • camille1955 10 Dec, 2008

    I just finished making one of these and it came out so cute!
    You can also trace the pattern on to your own printed paper and decorate with gems, glitter or anything that sparkles. You don't have to use them as place settings, just put them on a table, for decoration.

  • lbuser 8 Dec, 2008

    michelleheiei - you download the template and print it using a printer, then all the patterns print out. Paste it onto cardstock and then cut it out. If you use heavier weight computer paper you won't even need to paste it onto cardstock. Just print 6 or 8 or however many you need. Print just the star onto double sided yellow paper or print twice as many so you can paste on both sides of the cards. Then, voila - you have your name cards.

  • emilyg75 8 Dec, 2008

    Beautiful !!! thank you very much

  • michelleheidi 7 Dec, 2008

    This may seem like a silly question but do you need a lot of different patterned paper or was the card stock already patterned like that?

  • jlenny 7 Dec, 2008

    I found this worked up best with regular computer paper but I did make the star out of yellow cardstock so it was yellow on both sides. Cute idea! IThis placecard will make my Christmas table very festive!

  • sommjet 7 Dec, 2008

    I used double-sided matte photo paper (less-expensive, like Staples brand). It worked perfectly, except my trees weren't keeping their shape, so I put a little dab of glue inside a few of the folds.

  • HuaLover 7 Dec, 2008

    What kind of paper is everyone using? Card stock?

  • wildnutcase 7 Dec, 2008

    rossmoor, you do not need to do anything about the magnification. The PDF file will print them out at the right size.

  • rossmoor 7 Dec, 2008

    What magnification did you use to get the right size tree?

  • apaloosa 7 Dec, 2008

    I have used these place cards for the last two Christmases and they are a hit. Thank you for the great ideas.

  • Nayda 7 Dec, 2008

    Love it! a different touch for the special christmas dinner =)

  • jmsjws 7 Dec, 2008

    I plan on using these for a buffet table and add menu item. Such a cute idea.
    JS

  • Leeker 19 Nov, 2008

    those are so cute and a great idea for christmas get together!