Holiday Table Setting: Snowflake Place Mats + Glittered Stemware

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Tired of your traditional Christmas and holiday table setting? Why not set your holiday dining table this year to create a winter wonderland theme, complete with snowflake placemats.  It’s easy to do and inexpensive, too!

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I am trying to keep my holiday preparations and decorating simple this year and my holiday table setting is no exception. I went in search of something easy, but unique to use to make the table special and came upon white cardboard snowflake cutouts at a teacher supply store.

The large paper cutout snowflakes are 15″ in diameter and I found make very festive holiday placemats, especially when you use them with clear glass dinner plates.


The snowflakes come in a package of 4 different snowflake designs

Where to Buy Large Die-Cut Snowflakes

You can purchase them here: Large Paper Snowflakes

The manufacturer: The Beistle Co.  The Item:  Snowflake Cutouts # 22934

How to Make Large Paper Snowflakes

If you would prefer to make your own snowflakes, you will find an easy tutorial How to Make Paper Snowflakes.

How to Use the Paper Snowflakes as Table Placemats

Snowflake place mats -Tablesetting Ideas for Christmas

They snowflakes are so simple to use as placemats. Just place one under each plate. No fuss – no sewing, cutting, ironing or washing!

They are the perfect size and look so festive with glass dinner plates on top.  My plates came from the thrift store, but you can get them here: Glass Dinner Plates, Set of 12.

If you have a dollar store or Walmart near you, they sell glass dinner size plates, also.

How to Glitter the Stem on a Wine Glass for a Festive Holiday Table Setting

I got the idea to glitter my wine glass stems when I was at the the National Christmas Museum in Paradise, Pa. Martha Stewart Living featured the museum in this month’s magazine.

National Christmas Tree Museum
Martha Stewart Living December 2011

A few weeks ago I went out to the Pottery Barn outlet to shop for some bargains. As we were coming home, my friend, Toni suggested we stop since we were passing right by. It was like stepping into a Christmas time warp with all the old-fashioned decorations and toys.It was late in the afternoon and we didn’t  stay very long, but in the gift shop I saw stemmed glasses with glittered stems for sale.

I knew the minute I saw them that my green stemmed wine glasses that I haven’t used in years would be seeing the light of day once again.

Glitter-Wine-Glass How to Christmas Ideas

To add some sparkle to my holiday dining table setting, I glittered the stems on inexpensive wine glasses.


1. Make sure the glass is clean and dry.


2. Use a small paint brush to cover the stem with an even coat of tacky glue.

How to glitter a glass for your hoilday table

3. Hold over a tub of glitter and sprinkle the stem with glitter until it is covered. Shake excess off. Let dry.  Don’t put the stem in the glitter – it will get all thick and globby.   Use your fingers to pick up the glitter and sprinkle it over the stem.

Christmas Tablesetting ideas from the dollar store

Place on your table.  If you want to keep the glitter on after use – hand wash.  If you submerge them in water for a bit, you can remove the glitter and your glasses will be back to normal.

Other Accents to Add to the Snowflake Table Setting

Place-card-ideas for Christmas

I am such a “tweener”.  I like a little bit of glitz and a little bit of nature on my holiday table – so I mixed them together.  Burlap style cloth, shiny ribbon, glittered wine glasses, pine twig and a sparkly earring for the place card.

Place-card-pine-and-glitz for Christmas

Simple, festive… do-able.  I created the place cards in Microsoft Word using the font CAC Champagne. I cut them out and folded them into a tent to place over the pine twigs.

Table setting ideas for Christmas snowflake place mats

The candle holders in the middle are Kosta Boda Snowballs. I love and collect them and use them all over my house during the holidays.

I am not big on napkin rings – what do you do with them when you put your napkin in your lap?  They just end up cluttering the table or the hostess has to get up and gather them.   I just simply fold the napkins on my holiday table settings.

How about decorating the rest of your house? Is everything done? Did you go with tried and true? Maybe you would like some new Christmas decorating project ideas.

More Holiday Table Setting Ideas

Holiday table setting idea. Make these snowflake place mats in less than 5 minutes. Christmas table setting ideas

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  1. Re: researching softer burlap – Rough Burlap has
    some fabulous looking linen that looks like burlap, but doesn’t have the smell and
    gnarly texture. Or perhaps you could luck out and find something linen-like in the fabric store
    that would be an affordable, acceptable product to try? Good luck everyone!

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    1. HI Alicia-

      That is exactly what I did. It was as easy as going out my side door with a pair of scissors. I cut the tips of the branches to get the nice fanned out shape.

  3. Very pretty! I read on another blog that if you coat your glittered item after it is dry with a coat of gloss ModPodge, it will remain sparkly, but the glitter won’t shed all over the place. I’m going to give it a try.

    1. Hi Bettsi. –

      Great tip! I have some gloss Mod Podge and will try it – wonderful stuff. Thanks for sharing it. XO

  4. Those snowflakes are perfect placemats. I love the burlap on the table, very traditional.

    I’m loving your blog and links so much I get lost.

    Paula (UK) xxx

    1. Thanks Paula –
      It is nice to hear. When I started blogging the navigation around my site was easier. I am in the process of categorizing and trying to make things easier to find now that I have many posts and more content.

      1. Diana – getting lost around your blog and its links is a good thing, believe me. I’ve enjoyed so much of the content – you see I’m a card maker and those are the blogs I tend to follow, look at… but one thing led to another when I started watching ‘My Craft Channel’ on the web. I looked up some of the guests on there – and then I got to ‘Todays Creative Blog’ with Kim. Followed links from the and here we are… I’ve really enjoyed the journey but the destination is fabulous!!!

        I just wish we had some of the same stores over here in the UK! I’m loving some of the budget finds you have on here… I’ll have to improvise (hopefully on the cheap!)

        Paula x x x

  5. Please tell me about your “burlap-style” fabric. I love the look of burlap in all the decorating I’ve seen lately, but I can’t stand the smell of real burlap.

    1. Hi Judy-
      That is one big fault of using burlap. It does smell. I wish I could tell you the source of the cloth. It is a small cloth that my mom used on her table. I don’t know where she got it , but it is at least 20 years old. It is burlap-like, as the ends are fraying on one edge, but it has a coating or fixative on it that must mask the smell and makes it very soft. I have searched myself, but have had no luck finding anything like it. It is a small cloth and I would like to have a much bigger one to use on my table top extension. I am going to challenge myself to see it I can come up with a way to take the smell and roughness out of regular burlap. If I am successful – I will post about it. :)

  6. Oh, I love your table. Everything is so perfect and as you said, “Simple, festive – do-able”. And without breaking our budget’s. Not only can we keep up the the Jones’…. we can impress them.

    1. Hi Sarah –

      Thanks. Like you – I enjoy using them around the holidays and all winter long. The fact that they are white makes them easy to add to just about any color scheme, too. They are perfect in many ways. :)

  7. What a beautiful and “snowy” tablescape! I love your snowflake “chargers” … your glittery glasses are gorgeous, too … such a great idea!

    1. Hi Becca –

      Thanks. I was so excited when I saw them at US Toys. It was like they were made to use as place mats or chargers. I also used one to hang in my foyer that I will post about on Monday.

  8. Hey :)

    I thought you all might like to know that there are Costa Boda snow balls for sale in Bloomingdales (at least they are for sale in the San Francisco Bloomingdales!). If I remember correctly they are kind of hard to find but I just saw them there yesterday!

    1. Hi Kelly – I have 8 so it is a nice even number. They were probably normal price at Bloomies. I have found most of mine at Marshall’s for $7.00. See ya soon xo

  9. forgot to say….I have the same Kosta Boda Snowballs. Do they still make them? I love to use mine every year. I only have six left.

    1. Hi Rita –
      I have 8 of the Kosta Boda snowballs and would love a few more. They do still make them. My daughter is in San Fransisco and said she saw them at Bloomingdales. I found a few of mine at Marshall’s for $7. Martha Stewart Living just did an article in the December 2011 issue about Swedish glass and they were included. I leave them up all Winter. They are one of my favorite things.

  10. I love your table. Those are wonderful ideas. I love the natural and silver combination. I love, love the place card holder! I have been saving lone earrings to use in projects. I once decorated a tiny tree with vintage earrings, I’ll use those. Isn’t it very satisfying to repurpose beautiful things? I have pinned this!