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DIY Rustic Branch Holiday Place Cards and Faux Wood Printable Cards!!

Welcome to month TWO of the Holiday Headquarters Entertaining series. I am so excited to be sharing HOLIDAY ENTERTAINING Ideas with nine other wonderful bloggers. Today we are sharing all kinds of fabulous ideas — from food and drinks, to decorating and etiquette ideas. 

Today I am sharing :

Holiday Wood Branch Place Card Holder PLUS Faux Wood Printable Cards!!

It snowed here a couple days ago. The snow was so heavy that it broke a huge branch on my neighbor’s tree. I drove past the cut up branches and thought maybe I could use them to make some rustic place holders. So I stuck a big branch in the back of my car and took it home to my garage — to dry out overnight.

Here’s what I did to make the place holders:

1. I cut the branch into 2-3 inch high pieces of wood.

2. Then I took a hack saw and cut a shallow groove in the top of each of the circles.

3. I made a faux wood printable. And then I typed in the names of the people that will be at our Thanksgiving dinner.

4. I printed them out and cut each square out.

5. Then I glittered the place cards with Martha Stewart’s — Smoky Quartz glitter.

6. The last thing I did was inserted the name tag into the wood place card holder.

You can print out the Faux Wood Printable Place Cards on cardstock and use them alone or add some glitz with glitter!

The file is a Microsoft Word file — so you can customize the names and font if you want.

Here is the Faux Place Card file that’s customizable.
{note — this is a big Microsoft Word (.docx) file, it might take a few minutes to download}

And here’s a PDF version if you want to hand-write the names — Faux Wood Place Cards PDF

Have a Great Day!!

And, be sure to check out these FABULOUS Entertaining Ideas today:


  1. Oh my lovely! Sharing with my readers today! :)

  2. I love these and want to do this for Thanksgiving….But I only come up with PDF files when I click on any of Wood Faux printables. I want to type in names…Please Help!!! I need a word file. Thanks.

  3. I love, love, love these placecards! Thinking they would make great cookies!!!

  4. So cute!! Thank you

  5. I ADORE this idea! Anything “rustic” + tree decor & I’m in! ; D

    • Chris @ Celebrations At Home » Thanks Chris!! I loved being able to use some of those branches that were laying on the side of the road and give them new life :)

      Thanks for the sweet comment!!


  6. look at you, so creative! love the glitter :)

  7. Oh Jen, I always long for your crafty gene, these are stunning and I can’t wait to borrow the idea this year and share them on the tweet chat this Thursday. All the best, Coryanne

    • Thanks Coryanne!!

      And thanks for setting up this fun Entertaining Series. I have loved getting to know the other girls better and seeing all of the wonderful ideas!!! You are awesome my friend!!


  8. that is too cute.. such a great idea!

    • Thanks Jodi! I love the combination of rustic and glitter :)

      Thanks for the sweet comment!


  9. This idea is so cute! These could also be used for Christmas and New Years by adding a tiny decor. Very clever, Jen! I am laughing thinking about you putting the branch in your trunk and getting this perfect project from it. Thanks for sharing your ideas.

    • LOL – thanks Molly! I think my neighbor probably thought I was crazy, carting off his old branches in my car. I have a huge one sitting in my garage to make a centerpiece out of :)


  10. Absolutely love these- great idea and so original! We def have plenty of wood to chop to make the bases around here! Thanks!!!

  11. YOU YOU YOU!!! are amazing.

    these are so unique! love them.


    • Thanks Kellie!!!

      I couldn’t resist the branches by the side of the road and glitter!!!


  12. hey jen, i tried clicking on the link for the microsoft word DL but it said i had the wrong page, is there somewhere else i can get it from?

  13. Oh my gosh!!!! I’m so in love with you….it’s probably not appropriate! These are amazing, Jen. Like outta this world. You amaze me!! Can we be friends?

  14. I can’t get either of these cool branch printables to print. Boo I get a 400 error on the custom one and the other ones don’t show up at all. Thanks

  15. LOVE!!!

    • Thanks my friend!! I think my neighbor thought I was crazy carting off his branches. I have a huge log sitting in my garage waiting to be made into a centerpiece. LOL!


  16. Great idea for nametags:)

  17. I love these! We had the same thing happen in our yard last weekend, I’ll be sending my husband out to cut that wood for me! :)

    • Shirley L » Thanks Shirley!! Let me know if you make some – I’d love to feature them!


  18. These are such a great idea, and so pretty too! Thanks for the download.

  19. Very pretty…that would make a fun weekend project!

  20. Jen those are so cute! The glitter makes them fabulous!

    • Thanks Kelli!! They were really fun to make. I loved using natural elements along with glitter LOL!


  21. This is so great! I am sharing the link on my blog for brides to use for their wedding place cards! As usual, you have wonderful ideas and beautiful posts! Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Thanks Linda!! It was fun making them and using finding a use for the discarded branches :)


  22. Too cute!!

  23. These are so, so cute!! Love them!!

  24. These are gorgeous and perfect for Thanksgiving!!! I personally love a woodsy theme. Thanks so much for sharing :)

    • Thanks Christina!!

      I love rustic for Thanksgiving and Christmas too. And I think it’s fun to add a little sparkle with the rustic :) Have a great day!!


  25. Jen – These are STUNNING! They will go on the Adult Thanksgiving Table this year. We have so many trees down from the storm here in NJ, so we can turn the down branches into beautiful art. Thanks!

    • Hi Dawn!!

      Oh yay – I am so glad you are going to make some! I heard that storm was terrible. We have some friends in Massachusetts and they just barely got their power back on.

      Have a wonderful week!!


  26. Jen, I love these!!! What a great idea & no $$$$ well maybe glitter & paper :) I might try these for xmas with a little white snow on & a tree cutout ! Save yours I bet you could get 2 holidays out of them!Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Hi Jessica!

      I love your idea of using faux snow with them. I bet that would be so pretty against the wood. That is such a good idea to save them for Christmas too!

      Have a great week my friend!



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