Printable Paper Banner Dinner Plate Place Card

If you read this Fall Home Tour posts, then you may remember the paper ribbon banner dinner plate place cards that I made. Today, I am happy to share the free printable for you to download so you can make your own.

 Free Printable Paper Ribbon Banner to make your own dinner plate place cards

Of all the decorative things I create, making pretty and unique table settings is one of my favorites. I think my enjoyment of coming up with table setting ideas goes back to my days of working in retail display.

When I worked in the home and housewares departments of the store- I always felt at home, not like I was at work.  It was like getting to “play house” with lots of new merchandise while getting paid.  

Free printable: Ribbon Banner Dinner Plate Place card for the next time you entertain with a sit down dinner

There was no budget for centerpieces, place cards, etc so I had to be resourceful and come up with ideas using only supplies that were in the store’s prop room.

To make the ribbon banner, I used one of my dinner plates as a size guide and sketched the banner to fit so it would fit across the top of the plate.  Once I liked the design, I scanned it into my computer and then used Photoshop Elements to clean it up a bit.

I didn’t want it too look too perfect, I like the hand drawn appeal of the sketched design.

Affordable entertaining idea for setting a table with unique place cards that you place on dinner plates. Your guests will want to take them home.

I used a marker to print the names on each place card, but you can also learn how to create pretty handwriting of your own to write the names on the banners before printing.

Autumn entertaining ideas for setting tables in affordable and creative ways

How to Make Ribbon Banner Place Cards for Dining Table Place Settings

supplies needed: 

  • Free printable .pdf of banners  – link for download below
  • Decorative paper – scrapbook or printer paper
  • Paper cutter
  • Scissors
  • Pen or Marker
Free printable ribbon banner place cards to place on dinner platesFree printable banner to be used to make a place card that fits perfectly on a dinner plate, but you can use the banners for gift wrap and labels

There are 4 printing options:

1. You can use either of the two .pdf printables above. The first .pdf has two banners on it. They will print out exact size if your printer page size is set up to 8-1/2″ x 11″.  You can also change the size of the image on the page in your printer interface to shrink them if you have small plates.

2. The second .pdf is a single banner.  Since the banners need to be long to fit across a dinner plate and plate sizes vary and printer paper is only so big – use this diagonal .pdf so that you can print out the banner as long as possible to fit larger dinner plates.

3. Save the image right off the page by right-clicking.  If you do this make sure that you set the size of printer paper to be 8-1/2″ x 11″ so that the banners print across the 11″ width of the page. You may have to tweak the size in your printer interface.

4. If you have a Silhouette digital cutting machine – make a “cut file” for the banners to print and cut out in one step

1. Click link to download the free printable:

Ribbon Banner Dinner Plate Place Cards 
Single Ribbon Dinner Plate Place Card 
How to print and make these unique dinner plate place cards for the next time you entertain

2. I used scrapbook paper that looks like kraft paper to make my place cards, but you can use any color paper to coordinate with the color scheme of your table setting.

  • I used a piece of regular printer paper as a size guide to cut the 12″ x 12″ square scrapbook paper to 8-1/2″ x 11″ to fit into my computer printer.
  • Optional:  I printed my place cards blank and used a marker to write the names on each one. You may want to print the place cards with names on them using a font installed on your computer. If so, open the .pdf file in your photo editing software and add the names, then print.

3. Load paper into printer and print the .pdf of the place cards.

Wow! your guests at your next dinner party. Free printable to download and print. These dinner plate place cards can be made with any color paper. Use you computer to put names on each or write them on with a marker

4. Use scissors to cut each banner out. I left  1/4″ border all around, but you can cut along the outline of the ribbon.

  • If you own a Silhouette Digital Cutting machine – make a “cut file” and use it to print and cut the place cards.
Entertaining soon? Free-printable paper ribbon place card for your next dinner party. Print out on any color of paper.

Use a marker to write the names on the place cards.

Affordable Fall entertaining table setting ideas that include a free printable for you to make paper ribbon banner dinner plate place cards

Using the brown kraft paper contrasts nicely on my white plates and adds to the rustic autumn color scheme. Since there are literally hundreds of scrapbook papers available  – your color and pattern options are endless.

Download the free printable to make these unique paper ribbon place cards to place cards that get placed on the dinner plate

Your guests may like the place cards so much that they may ask if they can take theirs home with them.  :-)

If you like place cards as much as I do, check out all the place cards I have made and posted about for Thanksgiving in this post:

Wow your dinner guests the next time you entertain with these paper ribbon banner place cards that you place on the dinner plates.

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  1. Norma Rolader says:

    Beautiful place cards I will have to try these Thank you for sharing and allowing us to download

  2. I really like the clock face wreath; great job. How do you make bows so lovely? and do you have the web address for clock handles to print out? Thanks Linda

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Hi Linda – I just went to Google Images and found clock hands I liked. The ones I used were on a clock image. I had to cut the background of the clock out to get just the hands. If you search for “clock hands” on Google you will find many images to choose from.

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  4. Susan Harper says:

    LOVE these!! They’d be awesome for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners! Also, love your linens…would you please divulge where you found them??

    1. Diane Henkler says:

      Thanks Susan – I got the placemats and napkins at HomeGoods.

  5. Andrea W. says:

    These place cards are perfect. I love kraft paper. Thanks for the printable. I also love the tiered basket with the candle and pumpkins. Where did you find that gorgeous piece?

  6. Rose Marie says:

    Thanks for the link to print these ribbon banners. I am forever thinking outside the box and IMO these would look good placed on a wrapped package/present. Especially during a holiday like Christmas where you can do these to fit the theme.

  7. Beautiful table and super cute idea for the place cards! Ü