Easy-to-Make Place Cards and Napkin Rings for a Thanksgiving Table

Craft these easy place cards and napkin rings to designate spots at the Thanksgiving dinner table. We've also got bonus kids' table Thanksgiving decorations at the end of the slideshow!

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    Thanksgiving Dinner Menu Card

    Whet everyone's appetite for Thanksgiving dinner with a menu card set on the table. White ink on dark paper gives this card a sophisticated twist. Look for a white-ink calligraphy pen or chalk-ink marker.

    Editor's Tip: If your calligraphy lacks style, type your menu in a fun, festive font and print on heavy cardstock.

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    Bit of Bling

    Get this easy Thanksgiving napkin holder look with elastic fabric napkin holders and fall beads. Simply glue small acorn, leaf and pinecone beads to the fabric napkin holder for a finished fall table setting.

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    Pretty Pinecones

    For these natural holiday place cards, use a one-inch wood round as a base. Hot glue a pinecone to the top. Wrap the base in a sheet of birch bark. Cut small rectangles of birch bark and write guests' names. Cut a triangle out of each end of the rectangle. Tuck the birch bark flag between the spikes of the pinecone. 

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    Charger Place Card

    Integrate place cards into the table setting. Use a thin wood slice as a placemat. On the blank wood under the plate, write guests' initials or names with a permanent marker. Draw holiday foliage or use an ink stamp for a similar look.

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    Miniature Pumpkin Place Card

    Custom-made holiday place cards add thoughtful touches to your Thanksgiving gathering and add style to your tabletop. Simple imagery and fanciful lettering marry on this business-card-size tag. Choose a fun font or fill in names by hand using a calligraphy pen. Pin each place card to a miniature pumpkin or gourd.

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    Fabric Flower Napkin Ring

    A goldenrod fabric flower DIY napkin ring adds a special Thanksgiving touch to this layered place setting. Make this flower napkin ring by cutting folded circles of fabric into rough petals, stitching or hot-gluing their centers together, and tying with baker's twine.

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    Cute Colored Pencils

    Use a handful of natural mini colored pencils for this easy holiday place card. Group together one of each color of pencil with all points facing up. Tie straw ribbon around the pencils in two bands. Knot to hold in place. On a business-card size piece of paper, use your best calligraphy to write guests names. Tuck the paper into the colored pencil stand.

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    Mini Pumpkin Place Card

    Make room at the table for everyone by layering each place setting. Start with the dinner plate, place a salad plate on top, add a soup bowl, then nestle a napkin in the bowl. Using a paint pen, write a guest's name on a mini pumpkin and lay it atop the napkin. Tuck in a few leaves for an extra touch of fall.

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    Place Cards with Bittersweet Embellishments

    Small sprigs of artificial bittersweet hot-glued to white cardstock create delicate Thanksgiving place cards for guests. Accompany the pretty place cards with fall-decorated chocolates for guests to enjoy.

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    Simple Thanksgiving Place Cards

    Richly colored velvet ribbon elevates a basic place card to elegance. Fold a square of cardstock in half and write a name on the front. Punch two holes, about 1/2-inch from edges of card, along the fold. Thread ribbon through the holes, tie in a simple knot, and let the ribbon tails dangle.

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    Numbered Napkin Rings

    Whip up these fabulous fall napkin rings in less than an hour without going near your sewing machine. From complementary fall colors, cut two strips of felt or burlap: one 4x1-1/2-inch strip and one 4x1-inch strip. Use tacky glue to attach the narrower strip to the wider one, then glue the short ends to form a loop. Add a graphic number to an oversize button. Glue the button to the homemade napkin ring.

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    Fall Flag Place Card

    Direct guests to their seats with these flag-bearing gourds. Cut a 6-inch length of wide ribbon and fold in half. Using crafts glue, adhere a metal skewer inside the fold, then glue the ribbon together; let dry. Write a guest's name on the ribbon, cut a triangle-shape notch into the end, and poke the skewer into a small pumpkin or gourd.

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    Simple Place Card with Fresh Fruit

    This Thanksgiving place card is inexpensive and easy to make. Cut a small, narrow rectangle from light blue cardstock and embellish the ends by cutting out a triangle shape. In your best scrawl, write guests' names or special messages. Roll the cardstock to give it shape, and place on an apple charmingly tucked in each place setting.

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    Quotation Napkin Rings

    Rev up table talk with a few quotes about gratitude and thankfulness attached to paper napkin rings. Print quotes on cardstock and cut out to fit in small vellum envelopes (available with card-making supplies at crafts supply stores). Write each guest's name on the blank side of the card and place in the envelope so the name shows through. Wrap a length of decorative paper or ribbon around the envelope and secure with double-sided tape for the Thanksgiving napkin holder. Ask guests to read their quotes aloud and let the conversing begin.

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    Thanksgiving Ribbon Napkin Ring

    Here's how to make a napkin ring with ribbon. Custom-print ribbon with a Thanksgiving sentiment for Thanksgiving place cards. Write each guest's name on a dried or fresh leaf using a permanent marker. Tie the stem onto a rolled napkin using printed ribbon.

    SOURCE Personalized ribbon: namemaker.com

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    Place Cards in Cork

    Repurpose old wine bottle corks as easy Thanksgiving place cards. Write guests' names on rectangles of vellum and adhere to slightly larger rectangles of decorative paper. Cut slits in the corks with a knife and insert the name cards.

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    Gourd-and-Vine Place Cards

    Combine simple elements for a holiday place card with natural flair. Twist a kiwi vine (or other curly branch) around a gourd. Slip a strip of paper printed with a guest's name between the vine and the gourd. (Use crimson-color paper for a bold autumn look.) If you want to add more color, pair the place card with a small flower bud (we used a dahlia).

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    Pendant Napkin Rings

    Crafted from jewelry-making supplies, these place cards also double as DIY napkin rings. Print names on decorative paper cut to fit metal pendant frames. Glue paper tags to the backs of the pendants, then string onto lengths of thin hemp (both pendants and hemp are available with jewelry supplies at crafts supply stores). Tie the pendant Thanksgiving napkin holders around rolled napkins and tuck a wheat shock or two behind the tags.

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    Indian Corn Place Card

    Nestle an ear of Indian corn in layers of tamale papers (available at grocery stores) or dried cornhusks. Tie one end with a shiny ribbon. Cut a rectangle from cardstock, write a guest's name on it, punch a hole in the top, and string onto ribbon. Add shimmer to the ear of corn by sprinkling it with metallic dusting powder used for cake decorating.

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    Ornamental Grasses Place Cards

    Simple copper pipe fittings become showstopping table decorations when filled with ornamental grasses. Tuck the name cards in among the grasses to create rustic yet elegant Thanksgiving place cards.

    Editor's Tip: These arrangements were made with seed heads of reed canary grass, switch grass, and feather reed grass. Visit a florist, greenhouse, or farmer's market to find different grass varieties.

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    Monogrammed Thanksgiving Place Card

    To create these easy monogram place cards, simply cut out circles from cardstock with decorative-edge scissors. Then apply rub-on letters to the paper circles and place under a clear glass salad plate.

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    Natural Fall Elements Place Card Display

    Combine the best elements of fall for vibrant place cards to welcome family and friends to your Thanksgiving table. Fill a bowl with cranberries for color. Wrap a tamale sheet around a one-inch foam ball. Poke a wheat stem into the top and place festive ribbon and leaves around the stem. Tie with twine. Tuck in a small rectangle of cardstock with guests' names.

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    Pear Place Card

    Shop the produce aisle for a mixture of colorful pears, apples, and pomegranates. Write guests' names on thin strips of paper and attach to the fruit with double-sided tape. Place on your Thanksgiving table for an instant splash of fall color.

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    Beaded Place Card

    Spell guests' names using alphabet beads for dimensional holiday place cards. Fold a square of cardstock in half. Punch two small holes below the fold line near the outer edges of the square. From the back, thread a piece of beading wire through the left-hand hole, leaving a tail on the back. String letter beads onto the wire to spell a name, then thread the wire through the right-hand hole to the back. Twist the wire ends to secure.

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    Falling Leaves

    Skeleton leaves (available at crafts supply stores) are complemented by natural looking paper for these textural place cards. Make two 1/4-inch vertical slits 1/4 inches apart. Thread a small brown twig through for a rustic touch. Use double-sided tape to secure the leaf to the top edge of the natural paper.

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    Sophisticated Thanksgiving Place Setting

    Sprigs of artificial bittersweet, velvet ribbon trim, and patterned paper combine to fashion sophisticated place cards for a classic Thanksgiving table. Secure everything with double-sided tape.

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    Kids' Table: Mayflower Napkin Clip

    With fun Thanksgiving place settings such as these, adults will be clamoring to sit at the kids' table. Help kids remember that Thanksgiving is about more than turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie with this Mayflower paper piecing. Print the pattern (available below), and assemble. Transform the paper piecing into a napkin clip by adhering a clothespin (clip side down) to the back of the crafts-stick mast. Clip the paper piecing to a bright blue cloth napkin to give the appearance the Mayflower is at sea.

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    Kids' Table: Turkey Place Mat Game

    Keep your littlest guests in their seats while you're preparing the turkey with this combo place mat game. To create a paper turkey for each kid, cut out two circles from construction paper for the body and head, then use paper scraps to design the eyes, beak, and feet. Assemble the troops to decorate the feathers, then take turns playing "Pin the Feathers on the Turkeys." After the game, put the turkeys under the plates for fun place mats.

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    Kids' Table: Pilgrim Hat Place Card

    This precious pilgrim hat makes the perfect place card for the kids' table. Print the pattern (available below). Cut a curved slit in the base of the hat and insert the top to give it dimension. Outline the belt and buckle using a black pen, and use a silver gel pen to define the curve at the top of the hat.

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    Kids' Table: Dried Gourd Turkey with Feather Napkin

    Add a dash of humor to your Thanksgiving kids' table with a dried gourd turkey perched atop a wooden napkin ring. Recruit your kids to cut felt and paper pieces and glue them to the gourd to make the turkey's face. For the crowning touch, make the "feathers" by folding a patterned napkin accordion-style and securing with a wooden clip hidden behind the gourd.

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    Kids' Table: Turkey Crayon Holder

    Turn a turkey piecing (pattern available below) into a crayon holder for the kids. Punch two holes in the feather pieces and run a string through them before adhering the pieces to the body. Tie to a rubber band and wind it around a bunch of crayons. Use the crayon bundle to support the piecing.

    Editor's Tip: Forget the fancy table mats. Cut place mats from basic brown craft paper instead. Kids will have something to doodle on, and you won't have to worry about cleanup.

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    Kids' Table: Leaf Napkin Ring and Pennant Place Card

    Celebrate Thanksgiving with these kid-friendly harvest-theme place settings. Die-cut and crumpled leaves adorn a paper napkin ring, and a pennant cut from paper serves as a place card. Distressed cardstock sewn to decorative-edge paper combines to make a place mat.

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    Kids' Table: Turkey Place Card

    Help this turkey piecing stand tall and proud! Print the pattern (available below). Use dimensional adhesive foam to add depth between the turkey's tail feathers and body, and decorative-edge scissors to add texture to the feathers. Gently curve the cardstock for even more dimension. Write the name of each little gobbler on the turkey's banner. Make the paper turkey on a smaller scale and stick to a ribbon for a turkey napkin ring.

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    Kids' Table: Cookie Turkey Place Card

    Kids of all ages will love these edible Thanksgiving place cards. Our classic gingerbread cookie recipe forms these turkeys with the help of a hand-shape cookie cutter. Once the cookies are baked and cooled, use small candies and frosting to decorate the fingers to look like colorful feathers and the thumbs to resemble turkey faces. Use white icing to pipe guests' names onto the turkeys.

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