Make a Pretty Thanksgiving Place Card

Guide guests to their seats with seasonal place cards made from pretty patterned paper, ribbon, and printed names from your computer.

What You Need

  • Computer and printer
  • White paper
  • Tan card stock
  • Patterned paper
  • Brown velvet ribbon
  • Paper adhesive
  • Artificial bittersweet
  • Mini glue dots

How to Make It

  1. Type guests' names in the font of your choice on a computer, adjusting the text to fit each name in a 2-x-1-inch area. To position the first name, adjust the left margin to 1 1/4 inches to allow for embellishments and the top margin to 1 3/4 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 the card stock.
  2. Print a test sample on white paper; make adjustments as needed.
  3. When you're pleased with the sample, print the place cards on an 8-1/2-x-11-inch sheet of tan card stock.
  4. Cut the cards to measure 3 1/2 x 3 inches with the name about 3/8 inch from the bottom and right edges of the card. Score the middle on the back of the card and fold.
  5. Use adhesive to attach a 3/4-x-3-inch strip of patterned paper along the left edge; apply ribbon over the seam.
  6. Attach a piece of bittersweet with glue dots.


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