Pear Place Card Holders

These unusual cardamom pear place card holders deliver a lovely spicy-sweet scent, and look stunning arranged along the center of a set holiday table.
Cardamom Covered Pear Place Name Holder

Cardamom Covered Pear Place Name Holder

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

From: DK Books - Greener

Choose ripe, but not overripe, pears so their skins are just soft enough for the pods to be pushed through. You can, if you prefer, omit the twigs and rest small cards with handwritten menus in between the pods at the top of each pear.

Much food produce is now heavily packaged, which is costly and usually unnecessary. Try to buy your pears loose, and choose a simply packaged bag of cardamom pods to avoid any wasteful plastic packaging.

Materials Needed:

  • 1 ripe pear
  • a quantity of green cardamom pods
  • 1 twig with two stems forming a “V” shape at one end
  • recycled paper

Step 1

Select a pear and press the pointed end of a cardamom pod gently into the flesh. Press more pods in as closely to each other as possible.

Cardamom Pod Pear

Cardamom Pod Pear

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 2

Continue to gently press the pods into the pear flesh until the skin is covered completely in pods.

Cover the Pears with Cardamoms

Cover the Pears with Cardamoms

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 3

Once covered, the pear should be able to stand upright unaided. Leave a small gap in the top of the pear and insert the twig.

Upright Standing Pear

Upright Standing Pear

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Step 4

Tear a small rectangle of paper and write a guest's initials on it. Rest the paper between the "V" shape of the twig. Then make up more pears.

Cardamom Place Holder

Cardamom Place Holder

Photo by: DK - A Greener Christmas © 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

DK - A Greener Christmas, 2008 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Next Up

Witch's Broom Halloween Place Card Holders

These diminutive brooms add an enchanting touch of whimsy to any Halloween get-together, plus they make great party favors for guests.

Hold It: Garden-Inspired Utensil Holders

Learn how to turn terra-cottas pots into the perfect outdoor entertaining accessory.

Fall Craft: Thanksgiving Place Settings

Bring nature to the table this year with these harvest-inspired miniature gardens.

Make Personalized Sleigh Place Cards

Turn our free printable sleigh template into personalized place cards for your Christmas party.

Holiday Ornament Place Cards

Easily create place cards that double as ornaments your guests can enjoy for years to come.

Seed Packet Place Cards

Encourage guests to plant an outdoor garden or their own window garden this season by gifting seed packets that double as place card holders.

Dish Up an Easy Summer Place Setting

Paper and plastic can truly set a summer table in style.

DIY Photo Place Cards

Using photos of your guests on place cards for dinner party fun.

Pine Cone Place Card Holders

Add a natural touch to your holiday table with these glitzy decorations.

Paper Pumpkin Place Cards

Make your Halloween or Thanksgiving get-togethers even more special with inventive pumpkin place cards — they'll double as adorable decorations, too.

On TV

Stories We're Following

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.