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Make an Earthy Thanksgiving Invitation

Set the tone for your Thanksgiving gathering with earthy invitations, plus coordinating menus and place cards.

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What You'll Need

  • Computer and printer
  • White paper
  • Tan cardstock
  • Corner rounder
  • Patterned paper
  • Brown velvet ribbon
  • Paper adhesive
  • Artificial bittersweet
  • Mini glue dots
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How to Make It: Menu and Invitation

  1. For either the invitation or the menu, type the information on a computer, sizing it to fit a 3-1/2-x-7-inch space.
  2. Select one or more fonts of your choice. Vary the font colors and italicize as desired to emphasize key words.
  3. Adjust the left margin to allow for embellishments. (The margin for our invitation is 1-3/4 inches. For our menu, it's 2-1/4 inches.)
  4. Print a test sample on white paper; make adjustments as needed.
  5. When you're pleased with the layout, print the invitation or menu on a 5-1/2-x-8-1/2-inch piece of tan cardstock.
  6. Round the two right corners of the cardstock.
  7. Use adhesive to attach a 1x-8-1/2-inch strip of patterned paper along the left edge; adhere ribbon over the seam.
  8. Attach a sprig of bittersweet using glue dots.

How to Make It: Place Card

  1. Type guests' names in the font of your choice on a computer, adjusting the text to fit each name in a 2x1-inch space.
  2. To position the first name, adjust the left margin to 1-1/4 inches to allow for embellishments, and adjust the top margin to 1-1/2 inches to allow for the place-card back. Space additional names 2-1/2 inches apart to fit three names along an 11-inch edge of cardstock. Add a second row of names by repeating the measurements.
  3. Print a test sample on white paper; make adjustments as needed.
  4. When you're pleased with the layout, print the place cards on an 8-1/2x11-inch sheet of tan cardstock in landscape mode.
  5. Cut the cards to measure 3-1/2x3 inches with the name about 3/8 inch from the bottom and right edges of the card.
  6. Score the top of the card in the middle and fold. Use adhesive to attach a 3/4x3-inch strip of patterned paper along the left edge; adhere ribbon over the seam.
  7. Attach a piece of bittersweet using glue dots.

Note: The final size of the place cards will be 3-1/2 inches wide by 3 inches deep. You should be able to fit six place cards on each sheet of 8-1/2 x 11-inch cardstock when formatted and printed in landscape mode. Refer to diagram for formatting specifics.

Download the place card diagram.

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