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Table Decorations: Place-Card Holders

Bring a snippet of your Christmas tree to the table.

Photography: Earl Carter

Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2004


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  • Floral shears

  • Evergreen branches (about the thickness of a pencil)

  • Hot-glue gun

  • Card stock

  • Calligraphy or felt-tip pen

  • Small evergreen sprigs


  1. With floral shears, cut slim evergreen branches into 4-inch segments. Trim off any nubs.

  2. Holding two segments of about the same thickness, adjust them to fit together snugly -- this might require some twisting, turning, and further trimming.

  3. Turn pair of branches over; run a line of hot glue across the pair's width, 1/4 inch from each end. Let dry.

  4. Write a guest's name on a 1-by-2 1/2-inch piece of card stock.

  5. Slip place card into holder; tuck a small evergreen sprig into one end.

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