In our house, you don’t just come over for dinner. You visit our home for an entire experience! We’ll be the first to admit that we’re absolutely those DIY enthusiasts who like to make every bit of the house decorative and creative for guests, right down to the finest details. That’s why we can usually be found spending the night before any dinner party or family gathering making some kind of themed or seasonal place setting card! Thanksgiving is no exception but we felt like we could use a few design suggestions, so we’ve been scouring the Internet for DIY options over the last week.
Just in case you’re feeing just as interested in the idea of making DIY Thanksgiving place cards as we were, if not more, here are 15 of the very best ideas, designs, and tutorials that we’ve come across so far in our search for inspiration and guidance!
1. DIY Thanksgiving turkey place cards
If you’ve got some differently sized wooden beads lying around in your crafting room like we always seem to then you’ve actually already got almost everything you need to make these adorable turkey place cards outlined step by step on Average Inspired! Grab some brown paper and maybe a few crafting feathers and get the scissors and glue, because this tutorial is both easy and adorable.
2. Easy and cute clothespin leaf place cards
Are you the kind of person who would rather go for seasonal aesthetics than outright themes or characters whenever even the smallest element of your home decor is concerned, basically no matter the context? Then we have a feeling you’ll really enjoy the way Organize & Decorate Everything made these minimalist looking clothespin and leaf place cards that feature both the guest’s name and a little hand-stamped thankfulness reminder.
3. DIY 3D apple place cards
Would you actually much prefer to make a kind of place card that your kids can get in on the process of creating but they’re still quite young and mostly experienced in cut and paste paper crafts? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at something like this simple 3D standing paper apple tutorial outlined step by step on Studio DIY! Write each guest’s name on and voila! You now have an apple shaped place card.
4. Paper crafted turkey place cards
Did we actually really catch your attention when we started talking about the idea of making paper crafted place cards because you enjoy working with paper just as much as your kids do but you’d still like to try your hand at something at least slightly more challenging than the apples we showed you? In that case, we’d definitely suggest taking a look at how Doodlebug Design Inc. made these adorable fan-tailed turkey place cards instead!
5. DIY burlap and chalk Thanksgiving place cards
Are you feeling pretty set on having the place cards done in advance but you’re not actually entirely sure who’s coming just yet? Well, that doesn’t have to mean that you must wait until the last minute to make them! Instead, check out how The Country Chic Cottage made these adorable burlap and mini chalkboard place cards, each with its own leaf. Using chalk for the name lest you use, label, clean off, reuse, and adjust them however and whenever you please.
6. Sewn fall leaf Thanksgiving place cards
If you’re gong to make some kind of adorable paper based place card, would you actually much rather do something a little more unique with that basic concept? In that case, we have a feeling you just might be the perfect person to give these sewn paper leaves a try! Little Birdie Secrets shows you how to cut them, add the embroidery line down the middle, create a wreath shape, and affix them to a simple folded place card.
7. Tiny wire pumpkin place cards
If you’re going to put in all the time and effort it takes to make an awesome DIY place card from scratch, would you rather make something a little more unique and unconventional, or something you have to construct the shape of entirely? Well, if you’ve never worked with malleable jewelry wire before then maybe it’s time to start! Take a look at how These Little Loves used orange painted wire and a spiralling technique
8. Colourful handprint Thanksgiving place cards
Did we really catch your attention when we started talking about the idea of getting your kids in on the crafting process when it comes to making your own place cards but you just haven’t quite seen the idea that appeals to them most? Well, our own kids simply adore any project that involves tracing their own hand or turning it into something, we we’d definitely suggest giving this funny cardboard tube and handprint turkey place cards featured in detail on Think Crafts a try!
9. Cute pinecone place cards
Maybe you’ve already got some pretty text ideas for the layout and design of your card because you’re a stamp enthusiast, scrapbooker, or calligraphy lover, but you’re just wondering how to make those cards stand up so people can find their seat? Well, if the idea of incorporating a little bit of autumn time nature appeals to you at all then we’d be willing to bet that this lovely pinecone place card concept outlined nice and simply on Honey We’re Home might be one you’ll appreciate!
10. Fun foam ball and paper Thanksgiving turkey place cards
Just in case you’re still scrolling through our list and thinking about how much you love the idea of making a turkey themed place card but you’re not feeling convinced by any of the designs you’ve seen so far, here’s another tutorial for your consideration! We’re completely in love with the way Evite made these funny little name sign holding turkeys from a pair of foam balls that are glued together, painted, and embellished with layered paper tails.
11. Mayflower treat holder place cards
Are you actually the kind of sewing enthusiast parent who’s always on the lookout for very simple stitching crafts that you can use to introduce your little ones to the basic techniques of your favourite DIY skill? Well, believe it or not, your place cards can be an opportunity to do just that! Check out how Sheek Shindigs made this miniature mayflower from felt and embroidery thread, with a sale of paper and a barbecue skewer. Fill the boat with treats, put a guest’s name on the sail, and you’re all done! The trickiest part is waiting until after dinner to tuck into the sweets inside.
12. Watercolour Thanksgiving place cards
Maybe you really enjoy the concept of introducing your kids to the basics of your favourite DIY techniques as a learning process but sewing isn’t actually your skill of choice? Well, if you’ve ever been the kind of hand painter who likes to work with watercolour paints then you just might be the perfect person to help your kids out with something like these cute Thanksgiving themed watercolour painting place cards outlined in full detail thanks to Makes and Takes!
13. Cork and feather turkey place cards
Are you still kind of amused by the idea of making a DIY place card that clearly emulates a turkey, but you’d rather it be kind of artsy and abstract instead of a literal crafted mini statue of an actual turkey? In that case, we have a feeling this feather, wire, and wine cork place card holder from That’s What Che Said might be right up your alley! We love that the spiralled wire where you put the name cards in makes the design reusable for next year.
14. Meaningful note Thanksgiving place cards
In addition to being crafter, are you also totally sentimental? Then we’re pretty convinced that you just might be the perfect person to give this meaningful place card idea outlined nice and clearly on Jen Gallacher a try. You see, rather than just making little decorative cards featuring each guest’s name, they suggest actually writing them a note of gratitude to make them feel a little extra appreciated this Thanksgiving.
15. Paper bag leaf place cards
Have you ever looked at a craft and though to yourself how fancy and well done it looks compared to what it’s actually made of? Well, that’s precisely the kind of thought process we had when we saw this shockingly simple metallic leaf place card idea outlined in detail on In My Own Style! Without actually seeing the tutorial or touching the leaves in real life, we might never have guessed that they’re actually made from simply cut pieces of brown paper bags like the kind you might carry your lunch to work in.
Have you made other kinds of awesome DIY Thanksgiving place cards before that you really loved and that were a great success but that you don’t see here on our list? Tell us all about what you created and how you did it or link us to photos of your finished work in the comments section!