Creating a Christmas tablescape? Finish it off with DIY ornament nameplates featuring a chalkboard writing surface and a beaded garland base. A quick and easy project.Christmas nameplates made with ornaments and beaded garland - a 5 minute craft

Have you ever had an idea you are so sure about that you put it off just to bask in the idea of it all coming together at the end of the day? Well, I felt exactly that way about my ORIGINAL craft challenge idea this month. Emphasis on the original. Skip to the end of the post for the not-original-idea Ornament Nameplates.

Craft Challenge

I have been planning to make and share a mini Christmas tree made of ornaments and beaded garland for quite some time. In fact, I think I originally thought of the idea after seeing the DIY hanging ornaments Christmas tree from my 5 DIY Christmas Trees post last year. I had it all planned out in my head and was sure it would be no trouble at all. I mean, what is so hard about making rings of ornaments and stacking them?

Turns out…a lot of that process is difficult! If the ornaments are a standard size (which is what I bought and wanted to work with), then fitting them together without large gaps is nearly impossible. Filling in those gaps with beaded garland just makes a mess. In the end, you get a sad cone shape completely covered in hot glue.

Needless to say, after putting off that first idea I had to come up with a quick and easy Christmas idea to meet the Craft Challenge deadline today. And that is how I decided on ornament nameplates.

Upcycle old ornaments into nameplates for Christmas

These DIY ornament nameplates for Christmas use the very same standard ornaments I purchased for the mini tree and the same beaded garland. By focusing on the materials I had, the decision for what to make was that much easier! I also grabbed some chalkboard paint, hot glue and painters tape to finish off the look.

So if you have a few minutes and those 5 materials, sit down and make a bunch of these ornament nameplates for your parties this holiday season!

DIY Ornament Nameplates


  • Standard-size Christmas ornaments
  • Beaded garland
  • Chalkboard paint
  • Hot glue and glue gun
  • Painters tape

How to make an ornament nameplate or place-setting


  1. Start with the beaded garland base. Cut a string of 12 beads off and use hot glue in order to attach the two ends together making a small circle.
  2. Dab hot glue onto the top of 3-4 of the beads then press your ornament onto the base. The ornament does not have to be straight, they look cute lopsided too!
  3. Once all of the glue has hardened, prep the ornament for the paint. Outline a rectangular area with painters tape. Hint: You can make this even easier by buying pre-made chalkboard stickers!
  4. Paint inside the outline with chalkboard paint. Follow the instructions for drying, setting, and conditioning the paint on the packaging.
  5. Finally, write in your guests’ names and set on the table.

Ring in Christmas with these ornament nameplates for your tablescape

I loved making this craft after having so much trouble with the mini tree. This came together so easily that I ended up making a full set of 8 (4 green, 4 red) for myself soon after I finished the pictures. If you are always in a rush for the holidays, then this is one idea to save for later!

Did you like this Christmas Craft Challenge idea? If so, check out Megan’s craft over on Make Something Monday’s.

DIY Ornament Nameplates for Christmas - A 5 minute craft from A Pop of Red
Ornament Nameplates – A 5 minute Christmas craft!
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