Sustainable Christmas Table Decorations

Posted by Steph Elswood on

Decorating the table is one of the best parts of Christmas day! Here are a few sustainable ideas for you to try to liven up your place settings. 


Rustic Twig Candle Holders

Take a used jar (if you're a nut butter fan, this should be easy!), trim some twigs and use a hot glue gun to stick them on. Great as a tea-light holder!

Photo and DIY idea by: Fox Hollow Cottage

Lighting is everything when it comes to setting the mood, and twinkling candlelight offers a magical touch. If a Christmas pine tree is out of the question, you can still bring nature into your house with this twig candle holder alternative. Try dressing it up a little with ribbons.

You’ll need

  • Sticks/twigs
  • Glass cups or containers
  • Glue
  • Ribbon (optional)

How to

Trim the sticks to just a little taller than the height of the cup. You can have it neatly trimmed or a little more loosely for that rustic feel.

Apply the glue and stick the twigs around the cup.

Finish with a ribbon if desired.


Christmas Tree Napkins

Forget the paper napkins! Get creative with cloth ones instead.

Photo and DIY idea: Publix


  • Napkins
  • Cinnamon stick
  • Paper star


Fold the napkin in half twice; place with open point facing the top.

Fold first flap down toward bottom point.

Fold next flap down over first, letting a little fabric show between layers.

Continue with remaining napkin folds.

Tuck right corner under, with ends meeting the edge of the opposite side toward the bottom.

Repeat with left side.

Starting at top, fold each layer under itself.

Once every layer has been folded, tuck cinnamon stick between last 2 folds.

Top with paper star.


A sprinkling of stars

A lovely touch for sprinkling along the table! Use up the peels after you pop the oranges into your mulled wine!

Photo & DIY Idea: Sew Historically

You’ll need:

  • orange
  • star cookie cutter
  • knife


Peel the orange.

Push the cookie cutter through the peel.

If you want to use the orange peel stars for a recipe: Using a knife, remove as much of the bitter, white part as possible.

See more uses for the stars 


Forget the store-bought crackers

Ditch the crackers and personalise table settings by folding empty toilet roll and securing with re-used ribbon - it looks classier than it sounds! Pop in a quote, joke or a note and you've got yourself a personalised party favour!

Photo & DIY Idea: Trusted Clothes


First, take an empty toilet paper roll and flatten it.
Then re-open the toilet paper roll and fold each side over the end, like shown above. 

Finish the box off with string or ribbon, and decorate with paint and papers, or just leave it plain. These boxes are great for gift cards, candy or even jewellery.

Put your own creative twist on this simple, but eco-friendly box with variations like eye-catching decorations, confetti or tissue paper filling, or even re-created with old maps.




Photo by Chelsea Francis on Unsplash

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