DIY Pilgrim Place Cards

This Thanksgiving, make these delightful personalized place cards from miniature flowerpots. We'll show you how to make the project and give you festive table display ideas.

thanksgiving mini pumpkin with hat

Decorate mini terra-cotta pots with foam and paint to create adorable pilgrim hat place settings for your Thanksgiving dinner guests. Use paint pens to personalize each hat with a guest's name, or draw festive belt buckles. We love the way they look displayed atop a mini pumpkin! If you're feeling really festive, you can also use this tutorial to make a large version of this craft (just use a larger pot!) for a coordinating centerpiece.

Get more Thanksgiving place setting ideas.

What You'll Need:

pilgrim hat place cards craft supplies
  • Small terra-cotta pots
  • Black spray paint
  • Foam brushes
  • Acrylic paint in assorted colors
  • Black permanent marker
  • Black foam
  • Scissors

Step 1: Paint hats

pilgrim hat place card painting

Start by laying out one mini terra-cotta pot for each place setting you'd like to make; lay the pots on newspaper and coat with a thin layer of black spray paint. When the paint is dry, add additional coats of paint until the pots are completely covered from every angle. Next, use a small foam brush to apply a thin stripe of color around the raised edge of each pot; decorate each pot with the same color, or use paints in a variety of fall colors.

Step 2: Personalize the hats

pilgrim hat craft

When all the paint is dry, use a permanent marker or black paint pen to add embellishments to each hat. Draw a small square to form a belt buckle, or use the pen to add each person's name to the painted brim of the hat. Try giving each dinner guest their own personalized pilgrim hat to take home. 

Step 3: Style and display

thanksgiving mini pumpkin with hat

Finish the hat by adding the pot to a foam circle that is slightly larger than the colored edge of the pot. You can display the hats flat on the table, or display on top of a mini pumpkin. To create the pumpkin display, cut a small X shape in the center of the foam and slide both the foam and the hat over the pumpkin's stem. 

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