Fall Paper Bag Table Place Card Holders

An easy idea showing how to make table setting place cards for any occasion using a brown paper lunch bag.

I know most of us like quick and easy when it comes to setting a table.  I am going to share an oldie, but goodie with you.

I have been blogging for many years and have quite a lot of table setting ideas here on my blog.

I forget about so much of it, like the chalkboard tile place cards as well as the pretty vintage place card holders I made for an afternoon tea party.

I thought I would share some of these ideas starting with this clever way to make place cards for your fall table settings.

Quick and easy place cards for table setitngs

Brown paper lunch bags are a staple in my pantry. They can be used for so much more than just packing lunches. They make great gift bags and my favorite way to use them is to make place card holders using the bottom of the bag.

With a few quick cuts you will have a little tent card with a pocket to tuck in the names of your guests.

How To Make Fall Place Cards Using a Brown Paper Lunch Bag

How to make a place card using a paper bag
  1.  Cut the bottom portion of the lunch bag off.
  2. Turn bottom face up – the tab section is going to be the pocket that holds a guest’s name.
Creative uses for a paper bag

3. Cut bottom portion in half horizontally.   Every bag’s tab is going to be a bit different, so just make sure the tab is above where you are cutting.

4. Cut one vertical side off. Cut to remove the diagonal fold above the tab on each side.

5.  Cut other vertical side

Thanksgiving table place setting idea using a paper bag as a place card holder.

For the fall place cards in the photo, I used the font – Edwardian Script  to create and print out all my guest’s names on paper. 

You could also print out all the names of the food you are going to set up on a buffet.  Place the cards in front of each serving dish so your guests will know what type of food is in each.

6. Set on table like a tent.  Place cut out names that you printed out on your computer in the pocket.  Add a real fake fall leaf from the craft or dollar store behind the name for for some seasonal style.


My other go to for fall place cards: Free printable place setting plate banners.

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  1. So Cute and inexpensive.

  2. Heather Luckhurst says:

    So clever Diane!! Love this idea – pinned!

  3. Super cute and SO creative!!!

  4. Debbie @ Refresh Restyle says:

    So perfect!! They look great and so affordable!!

  5. Jennifer Lifford says:

    So easy but so cute! I love you banner place cards too!

  6. I love this project, so adorable! Now I’m going to be using all my kids brown bags up :)

  7. Chelsea | two twenty one says:

    So cute! Thanks for including my name, Diane! ;)

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Chelsea – I have used my daughter’s names too many times, so I like to come up with new names to use on my projects. Yours is a very pretty one to say and to write. :-)

  8. What a cute way to display your name tags!

  9. Kelly Wilkniss says:

    I LOVE brown paper lunch bags for so many uses & projects – and this one is fantastic Diane!

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Kelly – Thanks – I love finding ways to repurpose items. :-)

  10. Yvonne @ StoneGable says:

    I love your style, Diane! You always come up with the best ideas!

    1. she does i like all her ideas