25 Amazingly Creative Thanksgiving Place Card Ideas


If you are hosting Thanksgiving dinner this year, why not add a creative touch to your dining table with these fabulous Thanksgiving place card ideas. These DIY tricks are an inexpensive and simple way to add a beautiful and personal touch to your holiday table. Get ready for Turkey Day by having a look below through our collection of ideas.

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1. Editable Napkin Holders. Create your own place cards with this simple and inexpensive idea. All you need is card stock and a printer. Get the free template at the provided link. (via Bloom Designs Online)


2. Pumpkin Place Cards. Add some festivity and a touch of glam to your place settings with these glitter-topped mini pumpkins. Add you need is some fine glitter (color of your choice), small paint brush and glue for the pumpkin stems. You will need to brush the glue onto the pumpkin stem and brush with glitter. For the place cards, you will need straight pins with ball tops, dipped in glue and sprinkled with glitter. Cream cardstock will be used for the name tags. Get the full instructions at the link. (via Oh My! Creative)


3. Rosemary Wreath Place Cards. Give your dining table an elegant touch with these beautiful but natural looking DIY name holders. For this project you will need rosemary sprigs, scissors, twine and floral wire. The wire will be used to secure the rosemary into a circular shape. The twine will be wrapped around the wire with a bow, finishing the look. Here is a link for the name tags to print out on card stock. Either type in the names or handprint them. (via Spoon Fork Bacon)


4. Turkey Place Card Holders. To make these simple place card holders, all you need is to gather some fall leaves and affix them to a clothespin. Add some eyes, a beak and voila! Small craft paper name tags can be clipped to the clothespin. A fun activity for the whole family to enjoy, get the full tutorial at the provided link. (via Hey, Let’s Make Stuff)


5. Neon-Dipped Pine Cone Place Card Holders. To create these simple yet stylish name card holders, you will need collected pine cones (or store bought), a paint brush, acrylic paint and a paper plate. Put paint onto the paper plate and dip the edges of the pine cones into the paint. Let dry overnight. Place cards are made using letter stamps and gold ink. Place into prongs of pine cone and place at each table setting. (via Camille Styles)


6. Burlap & Glitter Place Cards. With a splash of glitter and some burlap, these festive place cards are a fabulous way to dress up your dining table for Thanksgiving. To make these, you will need burlap, card stock, a white sharpie, small clothespins, glue (or mod podge), a paint brush and glitter. Get the full tutorial at the provided link. (via Typically Simple).


7. Miniature Pumpkin Place Card Holders. Pumpkins are fabulous for Halloween, but they also work well for Thanksgiving. Adorn them on your table for a festive touch. All you need for this simple DIY is some wooden skewers, card stock for the name tags and some mini pumpkins. (via A Fabulous Fete)


8. Gilded Harvest Pumpkins. For this project you will transform a simple orange pumpkin into a stunning gold-dipped place card holder. You will need spray adhesive, mini pumpkins, gold leafing, painters tape, newspaper and a sponge brush. Initial-stamped tags secured with raffia will finish the look. Get complete instructions at the provided link. (via Cupcakes and Cashmere)


9. Banner Place Cards. Spray painted pumpkins, greenery and DIY pumpkin vases adds a festive centerpiece. Use napkins as placemats, then layer with a personal touch, adorable printable place cards. These name tag banners are printed on watercolor paper for texture. Get more details at the provided link. (via Tell, Love, and Party)


10. Rosemary Sprig Place Cards. These simple yet effective place cards will impress your guests with their natural beauty. They are quick and easy to put together. All you need is 5″-6″ rosemary sprigs and 3.5″ x 6 ” card stock for the name tags (punch holes in either corner of the card stock for the rosemary stems to be inserted). The cards can either be printed off your computer or handwritten. If you are printing, get the full tutorial on the provided link. (via Spoon Fork Bacon)


11. Rosemary Wreath Place Cards. The fresh aroma of rosemary sprigs will add a festive touch to your holiday table. For this project you will need mini grapevine wreaths, a large bunch of fresh rosemary (cut 2″-3″), floral wire, scissors, red and white baker’s twine and hand written name cards with a small hole punched into the left side. Wrap the rosemary around the grapevine wreaths, securing with the wire. Affix the tags with the twine. Get more details at the link. (via Camille Styles)


12. Re-Usable Framed Chalkboard Name Tags. This blogger was inspired by weddings, where the ‘bride and groom’ name signs are on the backs of the chairs. This look was re-created, but for Thanksgiving. You will need 4×6 chalkboard signs, 4×6 laser cut wood frames, a drill with a 3/16″ drill bit, strong glue and ribbon for hanging. The chalkboard and frames can be found at JoAnn’s. Get the full tutorial at the provided link. (via Shades of Blue Interiors)


13. Gilded Pair Placecards. This simple DIY involves Bosc pears (or faux pears) coated in gold glitter spray paint. Name tags feature a simple Thanksgiving flag for an elegant touch. You can find the printable flag template here. Use scissors to cut out the banners, fold them in half and craft glue to affix them to each stem. You could copy this same look with card stock or craft paper tags, but use your guests name’s instead of Thanksgiving messages (see below). (via Freutcake)


14. Simple Golden Pear Name Tag. This pear can be created the same way as the instructions for the previous image. Just use gold spray paint on a real or faux pear. For this pear, a simple kraft gift tag is used for printed names with a black felt pen. Use twine to secure and place at each table setting. (via Decorist)


15. DIY Thankful Tags. This fun and easy Thanksgiving DIY entails using standard mailing tags that can be printed onto. Either print guest names onto the tags or use them as a fun activity. This would involve having each guest write a word that inspires them, pertaining to Thanksgiving. After a glass of wine, each guest can read them aloud. They can be used as napkin rings or set in a bowl. Be sure to have a cup or jar filled with pencils or pens for your guests! (via Almost Makes Perfect)


16. Pomegranate Place Card. Use winter fruit to inspire your Thanksgiving table while adding a pop of color. Style it with a metallic sharpie, writing your guests names on the pomegranates in gold calligraphy. Set at each place setting for a classy touch. (via Ruffled Blog)


17. DIY White Pumpkin Place Cards. For this simple yet stylish idea, you will need small white pumpkins or you can use faux pumpkins. You could also paint an orange pumpkin white. You will also need gold floral wire, wire cutters, Martha Stewart Vintage Frame Labels (or any label at a craft store) and a pen or pencil to curl the floral wire around it (about 5-inches). Write the names on two stickers, placing on either side of the label. Get more details at the provided link! (via Sugar and Cloth)


18. Pilgrim Hat Place Cards. Infuse the spirt of the first Thanksgiving to your dining table with these charming mini pilgrim hats. For this budget-friendly project you will need small 30z Dixie cups, black felt, narrow grosgrain ribbon, gold glitter glue, glue gun, small paperclips, cardstock (two shades) and paper punches. For the full instructions, head over to the provided link. (via Overstuffed Life)


19. Clothespin Place Card Holder. An inexpensive and simple idea for decorating your Thanksgiving tabletop, all you need is some metallic spray paint and faux berries hot glued inside. Simple cardstock can be printed on with metallic pens for the name tags. TIP: Find cardstock paper at craft stores such as Michael’s that provides seasonal colors, such as gold or burgundy. (via Centsational Girl)


20. Casual and Organic. This kraft mailing paper (around $3 from Walmart) tablecloth is ideal if you are looking for a decor scheme that is simple, casual and organic. This allows your creativity to flow, all you need is this chalkboard placemat template to trace the plates. Draw out flatware, and hand letter your guests’ names. A Tombow Brush Pen was used for the illustrations. More details at the provided link. (via Lemon Thistle)


21. Twig Place Card Holder. Gather some twigs and branches from your property or a nearby park to make this winter-themed place card holders. You will need trimming, hot glue, card stock and a pen or metallic sharpie. To source tree trimmings, try a Christmas tree lot or a Home Depot (leftovers can be integrated into your centerpiece or to make a wreath). You could also use cinnamon sticks in place of the twigs and a sprig of rosemary or thyme in place of the trimming. (via Earl Carter for Martha Stewart)


22. Satsuma Place Setting. Use Satsumas (clementines or mandarins with the stems) to add a fresh, holiday-inspired addition to your Thanksgiving table. White give tags can be affixed to the stems to either inscribe Thanksgiving inspired messages or use them for your guest’s names. (via Anna Bode)


23. Coastal Themed Place Settings. If you live on the coast or have a coastal style home, then celebrate the season in style with a tablescape of seaside-inspired natural elements. Small baby boo white pumpkins at each table setting are adorned with name tags tied with green raffia. A small starfish has been hot glued to each tag. On the front of the tags are each guest’s name, while the reverse side features a special message to express why you are so thankful for the person! (via Sand and Sisal)


24. Thanksgiving Table Place Cards. Here, salt dough is used to make place card tags. The tags are tied onto mini orange pumpkins. To make, mix 1/2 cup of salt with 1 cup of flour and 1/2 cup of warm water, stir together. Roll the dough onto a cookie sheet and use a circular cookie cutter for the tags. A straw is used to make the hole. Use letter stamps to spell out the guest names, or keep it simple with initials. Bake at 325 for 45 minutes (till firm). Get more tips at the provided link. (via Driven By Decor)


25. Timeless Place Setting. Using a palette of black, white and gold for this Thanksgiving table setting, guests will be impressed by your savvy style. Add welcoming touches with layers of greenery. A banner kraft paper name tag is set atop a sprig of rosemary. Simple yet elegant. (via Stories by Sarah Sherman Samuel)

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