So you’re planning your Thanksgiving dinner. All the food is planned and you’ve created a beautiful table setting with fun Thanksgiving table decor. What could possibly be missing? How about some super cute Thanksgiving place cards for each setting?
Why assign seating at Thanksgiving?
I know what you’re thinking, assigned seating at Thanksgiving? That’s way too formal! But hear me out. Assigned seating at the Thanksgiving table means no one has to stand awkwardly around the table trying to figure out where to sit. Most importantly, it also means that you can keep those two relatives that inevitably break out into an argument far, far apart. We all have those two somewhere in the family, right?
How to include place cards in your table setting
Pick a place card that matches your table’s overall style. I’ve found some ideas that would work with any table setting. Going for a lots of greenery and nature? Rosemary and pinecones are two elements you may already have that would work great! Have a wine loving family? I have a few ideas to utilize those extra corks you’re always saving.
Sold on including a stylish place card at your table settings? Perfect, I’ve gathered lots of cute and simple ideas. All that’s left for you to do is pick one out and put it together!
Gilded fall leaves
This idea by Modern Glam turns out stunning, and it is oh-so simple! All you need are some fall leaves, gold paint, and a paint pen of your choice and you are good to go!
- Gold paint
- Paint pen
- Leaves (grab some outside or buy artificial ones on Amazon!)
Pumpkin Thanksgiving place card holder
Go on and grab some more mini pumpkins, I know you want to. To use them for place cards holders, simply cut into the pumpkin stem using a small saw and place the card into the slit. Don’t worry, Hoopla letters includes a tutorial on that part, too.
Sugar cookie Thanksgiving place cards
Everyone loves to receive a personalized treat, so why not use your place cards as a party favor? Your guests will so appreciate receiving a personalized cookie with their name it. If this idea seems intimidating, try practicing piping icing onto a plate first and see if you can get the process figured out. Here’s a recipe and guide by Wilton’s, but there’s lots of ways to customize this idea!
What you’ll need:
- a sugar cookie recipe
- piping materials (either buy a kit or diy it by cutting a tiny hole in the corner of a plastic bag)
Designated Thanksgiving leftovers container
I LOVE this idea. When you inevitably have leftovers, this simple diy makes it so easy for everyone to take some home! People are much more likely to take a bit of food home with them if they’re provided with a container, and these cute little boxes act as place cards, too! Once again, Hoopla letters will show you how to get the lettering just right.
What you’ll need:
- paper to-go containers
- a marker
- plastic silverware (optional)
- rosemary or thyme to decorate (optional)
Turkey wine cork Thanksgiving place cards
Not only are these little wine cork place cards super adorable, but they’ll also be a fun craft to get the kids involved. The paper cutouts create a turkey tail that’s reminiscent of classic Thanksgiving decor, yet they’re subtle and
What you’ll need:
- wine corks
- markers or paint to color your paper pieces
- glue or tape to attach name card
Rosemary accented place cards
One of the simplest ideas on this list, this thanksgiving place card idea might just be my favorite. They are simple, classy, and elegant, perfect for a minimalist Thanksgiving dinner. All you need to create this design is some rosemary sprigs and card stock paper. Then, simply write the names (or print them), punch a hole for the rosemary, and you’re set!
Reusable diy concrete place cards
These little concrete place cards from Hey There Home are one of my favorites on this list and I will be definitely be making these sometime soon. What do I think makes them great? Well, they’re reusable, easy to make, and you could paint them any color to go with your table decor. Seems like a no-brainer to me!
What you’ll need:
- Toilet paper rolls (1 roll for every 2 place card holders)
- craft knife to cut the rolls.
- Olive or vegetable oil and a brush
- Thick tape
- Cookie sheet lined with foil
- Quick setting concrete
- clips- she used alligator clips then glued them to wire, but I found some on Amazon where that job is already done!
- Mixing bowl, trash bag, and plastic fork
- Sand paper
- Craft paint (she used Martha Stewart paint, but it’s currently out of stock so here’s an alternative)
- Painter’s tape and small paint brush
Rosemary wreath place card
If you’re not growing rosemary outside, you should be. It’s delicious in so many recipes, and so useful for diy’s too! I’ve seen rosemary used as cake toppers, cocktail picks, garnishes, and even as appetizer skewers. And now, I’m adding place cards to that list! Just look how cute these mini wreaths are! These diy place cards will be great for Christmas, too.
- small ribbon
- paper (either print names first, or cut strips and write the names yourself)
- super glue
Diy paper bag place card holder
All you need is some paper bags and (real or fake) fall leaves for this crafty place card holder by In My Own Style. Then just add your name card, and you’re good to go! You can even store and reuse them again, replacing the leaf with something else to match the season!
Pinecone place card holders
I love the idea of using materials you can simply collect from outside, so these pinecone place card holders shared by All Things G&D are another favorite of mine. Painted or not, mini pinecones would make such a cute addition to your Thanksgiving table.
What you’ll need:
- pinecones (just grab some outside!)
- paint (whatever color you like)
- card stock and a pen in a pretty color to go with your table setting
Dried orange slice place cards
Dried orange slices are a great addition to your fall or thanksgiving decor, and they’re so easy to diy. All you need for these adorable place cards by Gia Boyd are some orange slices (perfect if you extra oranges that you won’t be able to use up), fine tip paint pen, and small metal brads. Gia used translucent vellum, but I think wax paper or parchment paper would work as well for a budget option!
Printable “thankful for” activity cards
Let your place cards double as an activity when everyone sits down to dinner. Put one of these “I’m thankful for” cards at each setting, then let everyone fill theirs out before serving food. Everyone can go around and read theirs at dinner, so you get a nice little conversation starter too!
Craft paper tablecloth
The DIY so nice we’ve used it twice! You may recognize this one by “Lemon Thistle” from a post on out sister blog, The Budget Decorator, about Thanksgiving table settings. I found it as I was looking through old posts, and thought, “how efficient, just write the names on your tablecloth.” If your tablecloth is single-use craft paper that is!
Wood slice Thanksgiving place cards
These little wooden slice place cards look like they came from a high end home decor store, but all it takes is a good round log, miter saw, and a wood burning kit (or paint) to whip up a bunch of these. If you don’t have a good log to use, you can buy wood slices ready to use, too.
Cork and feather
Here’s another one if you have extra wine corks laying around. This DIY from Carolyn’s Homework uses feathers to give the cork place cards a sophisticated look, but it’s super simple!
Diy Ferrero Rocher Pumpkin place cards
Give your guests a surprise treat with these diy mini pumpkin placards! Each pumpkin is really a Ferrero Rocher chocolate wrapped in orange gift paper.
What you’ll need:
Succulent pumpkin planter
Here’s a diy place card idea that will double as a party favor! These adorable little succulent pumpkin planters can be taken home and enjoyed long after Thanksgiving is done, and your guests will be extra thankful for you thoughtful gift.
These adorable little paper pumpkins look like they’d make a great fall craft for kids. Having your kids help make the place cards would be a great way to involve them in the Thanksgiving prep, and they’ll be so proud to tell everyone the place cards are handmade.
What you’ll need:
- orange construction paper, plus one more color of choice for stem and name tag
- glue stick
- sharpie pen
Mini pinecone place card
These teeny tiny mini pinecones are so cute! If I had a tree with these in or near my yard I would definitely be crafting with them. All. The. time. Pretty sure the only thing you’d need to purchase for this place card craft is some fine point sharpies, but you might just already have those!
Spray painted leaf
This idea by Jennifer Maune simply calls for breaking out the spray paint and collecting some leaves. Then all that’s left to do is write each name with a paint pen. These homemade Thanksgiving place cards are quick and unfussy, our favorite type of DIY!
Use a kit
This DIY from Adorn the Table used a color your own ornament kit as Thanksgiving place cards and the results are so cute! She used a kit from the dollar store, but I found some on Amazon that are even cheaper and come with a variety of leaf shapes!
Simple diy place card using cork and paper
This simple diy is similar to the first cork idea, but you’ll need to plan on having a way to prop them up. I just had to include it because I love the paper choice and the gorgeous gold lettering. All you need here is some corks, paper in a pretty color, and a gold sharpie or paint pen!
Twig place card holder
Wow, hats off to Serendipity Refined. These place card holders using just twigs are SO CUTE. And al you need to start is some basic twigs from outside and a way to fasten them together. It’s really mind blowing how simple some of the cutest DIY projects are.
Enjoy your beautiful DIY Thanksgiving!
I hope you found an idea here that you love and that will complement your beautiful Thanksgiving decor! Still need to get that decor put together? You’ll love our sister blog’s posts on Thanksgiving decor you can DIY and inexpensive table decor ideas where we’ve got ideas for cute leaf crafts and some more table setting ideas to go with your Thanksgiving place cards you just made! In a hurry? All you really need are some pumpkins and gourds to decorate! You may also want to check out our posts here on cozy crafts fall and winter that embrace hygge, or our list of beautiful fall wreath ideas!