Ribbon Table Place Cards & No Sew Tablecloth

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Easter is next weekend and even though I don’t decorate for the holiday, I do love the cheery Spring colors the holiday brings – yellows, purples, pinks, and greens.

Instant-No-Sew-Table-cloth and easy to make ribbon table place cards

They are the colors I will use when I set the table for Easter dinner.  This year, I will be making place cards for 9 of us.


To keep the table decor simple, but festive – I am reusing and repurposing a few items.  Remember the alphabet tiles I used at Thanksgiving and Christmas as place cards?  I bought them at Michaels in the tile crafting aisle.

Easter-Place-cards made using ribbon and alphabet tiles

Instead of using them with the Scrabble board tile holders I made, I went to my stash of colorful scrap ribbon and made these ribbon place cards!   I love that I found a way to re-use a few things I had on hand.  The napkins are from HomeGoods.

Decorating-with-ribbon-scraps to make place cards

The colorful ribbons say Spring and will brighten up the table in a simple and inexpensive way.

So that I can keep reusing the alphabet tiles for many years to come, I used repositionable glue to hold the tiles to the ribbon. It is sold in craft and office supply stores.  It creates a Post-It Note like stickiness. This way as soon as the table is cleared and everything is put away – I can simply detach the tiles from the ribbon so the paper backing on them is not damaged.  Easy! For a permanent bond – use a dab of hot glue or tacky glue.


The black polka dot on white oilcloth I used for the tablecloth is just short of 4 feet wide. I bought it at JoAnn Fabrics.  It may look familiar since I used it to cover the tissue box in the powder room I recently made over and as an accent on the IKEA dresser I hacked for the BHG Makeover Madness Challenge.  I love this fabric – it is a classic and reminds me of the Easter dresses I used to wear as a little girl with black patent leather shoes and purse. :-)

It makes an instant no sew tablecloth. I bought 2 yards.  No ironing needed.

No Sew table cloth ideas

It’s easy to clean up any spills with a swipe of a rag.  When not in use, I will simply roll it back up on the cardboard tube it came on.  No laundering needed!

Using it lives up to my motto:  Life is too short to be the caretaker of the wrong details.

I needed a cloth to protect the driftwood finish on the table, but didn’t want the extra work of having to launder and iron a fabric table cloth. Also, in my mind, there is nothing that says Spring more than polka dots –  so using the oilcloth is WIN/WIN all around.


To make the ribbon place cards, I simply snipped a piece of ribbon 8-inches and notched the ends and attached the alphabet tiles.


To notch ends of ribbon:  Fold end of ribbon in half lengthwise so the fold is on the top.  Snip on an angle from the bottom corner into the ribbon so you are cutting off the folded corner edge.


I plan to get some tulips to run down the center of the table and will probably place the tissue paper flowers on the hutch and buffet to make the room say  – Spring.

To add a touch of Spring to the rest of my house I want to bring in some big branches of “just about ready to” bloom forsythia or flowering plum that are in my yard. I think they will add just the right “Springy” touch to my family room and foyer to make the house say Easter.

Do you decorate your home for Easter or Spring in general?  Any easy decorating ideas you want to share?

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  1. The ribbon place cards are adorable! I won’t be needing place cards this year since my daughter-in-law and son will be hosting Easter brunch but I think I’ll make some tissue paper flowers for my home just for the fun of it. :)
    As for my spring decorating, I am currently infatuated with apothecary jars and have a few filled with faux eggs, bird nests, and terrarium plants along side a few bird and bunny figurines.

  2. Oh gosh I love everything….. your polka dots, the place cards are 10 + and I do love the napkins. Every tiny detail is just so perfect.

    Oil cloth is so very merry too.

  3. Love your motto!! And the polka dots!!!! And I love the idea of attaching letters to ribbon in a non-permanent way. I could use that concept when decorating our church house for different seasons.