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Simple Papercraft Winter Tablescape

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Reuse your paper Christmas decor to make a cozy papercraft winter tablescape.

Winter is such an odd season to decorate for. You remove all your Christmas decor and then are left with an empty home. But if you are not ready to pull out spring (especially because it’s a blizzard outside), then why not repurpose some of that Christmas decor for a couple more months.

We created a fun papercraft winter tablescape full of winter trees (left over from Christmas).

Dining room table decorated for winter with paper Christmas trees and paper napkin rings.

How to Reuse Paper Christmas Decor

If you were following along before Christmas, you may have seen our fun 7 Days of Paper Christmas series. I love creating budget friendly decor out of paper, and if any season needs budget decor, it’s definitely Christmas.

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One of my favorite paper Christmas projects were these easy paper Christmas trees. I made a whole bunch of them and sprinkled them all over the house.

Papercraft winter tablescape with brown paper, a winter scarf, and trees made from paper.

And when it was time to pack up all the Christmas decor, I decided to leave them out. They are neutral colors (mostly white) and make a wonderful mountain winter scene. Perfect for a mantel, console table (where I originally left them) or a winter tablescape!

Close-up of the snowflake paper napkin rings on the papercraft winter tablescape.

Decorating a Winter Tablescape

The paper Christmas trees make the perfect ski decor. It is like bringing the ski slopes home for dinner. But we didn’t start with the trees, they were just the inspiration.

To start, I added a strip of brown packaging paper to the center of the table. I love the rustic feel of the brown paper and it breaks up the large expanse of dark brown.

Top view of the winter tablescape made from reusing paper Christmas decor.

Then to add a layer of warmth, I used a winter scarf. I used a neutral colored scarf, but you could have fun with any color you have. And if you don’t want to use a scarf you love to wear, you can always find inexpensive scarves at the thrift store, or even the clearance bins, after Christmas. 

Instead of leaving the scarf flat, I made sure it was fluffy and textured. Just like the snow on the mountains!

And now it was time for the trees! I nestled the paper trees, with a couple inexpensive store bought trees in neutral colors, down the center of the table. The trees were just randomly placed.

Paper Christmas trees decorating the centerpiece of a winter table.

But the center of the winter table seemed a little boring. It needed some height. So I used a cake plate to elevate a group of 3 trees in the center and instant dimension! 

I love using cake plates for adding height to tablescapes or countertop vignettes. Or for serving cake! Whatever is needed.

Use a cake plate to add height to the center of a table when decorating.

Then it was time to set the table… 

For our papercraft winter tablescape I made sure to set the table with wine glasses and mugs. Nothing is better than a couple glasses of wine after a long day on the slopes. And then you can finish off the meal with an espresso or even hot cocoa!

Winter table setting with paper snowflake napkin rings and mugs.

The last finishing touch to our winter tablescape are these beautiful papercrafted snowflake napkin rings. 

I always use plain white plates so that they can be decorated to fit any season or theme. And that keeps my cupboards from getting filled with too many different sets of dishes. 

Close-up view of the snowflake napkin rings made out of paper.

But the plain white plates where just too, plain, with the neutral winter decor. So to add a little pop to them, I made some snowflake paper napkin rings out of gray (to match the scarf in the centerpiece).

And they worked great to hold the napkins to give our place settings some much needed pizzaz! Now we are ready to enjoy a dinner with friends to stay warm on these cold winter nights!

A winter table decorated with left-over Christmas decorations made from paper.

And if you want to make your own papercraft winter tablescape, I am sharing the tutorial for how to make your own snowflake paper napkin rings below. Then don’t forget to check out the rest of the fun winter table ideas all week long!

How to Make Snowflake Paper Napkin Rings

Supplies:

  • Napkin ring cut file
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  • Cardstock
  • Electronic cutting machine
    • I love my Silhouette Cameo for making quick work of cutting intricate paper crafts.

These snowflake napkin rings are almost too easy to share a tutorial for! But just in case, here are the steps.

Open the cut file for the napkin rings with your electronic cutting machine software. There will be 3 rings be 8 1/2″ x 11″ sheet of cardstock.

Place a sheet of cardstock on your cutting mat.

Cut out the design on whatever color cardstock you want with the cardstock cut setting. To make sure the intricate design fully cuts, select the double cut option. 

Screenshot of the cut settings for the paper napkin rings in the Silhouette Design Software.

To keep the paper from curling when removing it from the cut mat, turn the mat upside down (so the paper is on the bottom). Then peel the cut mat off the cardstock. Scrape the little bits of the design off the mat with a vinyl scraper. 

Roll the paper napkin rings into a circle and loop them together by sliding the two slits together. 

Showing how to assemble the snowflake paper napkin rings for the winter table decor.

Carefully hold the napkin rings together with one hand as you pull the napkin through it. Or shape your napkin as desired, then wrap the napkin rings around it and secure to hold. 

Either way, the fun little snowflake napkin rings are the perfect addition to the winter tablescape, without adding a huge expense!

Close-up view of the table setting on the winter tablescape with snowflake paper napkin rings on the plates.

Happy Skiing!

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