How To Make Natural Place Settings

Festive tables don't have to be all red and green. Go for natural flourishes to make your Christmas table a low waste one.

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This Christmas set your table using natural, foraged items, for a back to nature, low waste vibe.

There are so many amazing colours around every winter, why shop for something plastic or single use, when you can find such beautiful things in nature.

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  • Scrap hessian fabric or other scrap fabric
  • Linen or cotton napkins
  • Foraged sprigs or sprigs of rosemary
  • Dried berries
  • Dried orange slices
  • Sage leaves
  • Cinnamon stick


  1. The key to this styling is layering different patterns and textures. We used scrap hessian fabric and folded it into a table runner that can run along all of the places along the table.
  2. We used a wooden serving plate, which acts as a placemat – but it could later be used to serve up some fancy desserts or cheese boards.
  3. We then placed our dinner plate on top and added another folded piece of hessian in the center. You can use whatever scrap fabric you have. The beauty of this set up is that they don’t all need to match. You can use miss-matching dinnerware and it’ll still look styled and put together. You can then put the side plate on top of the fabric.
  4. We rolled up a napkin and tied it with string and placed this on top of the side plate.
  5. Tuck foraged springs, berries or the dried orange slices you made for the garland into the napkin for the finishing touch. We used sage leaves, a dried orange slice with cloves, a cinnamon stick and a sprig of rosemary.