In my last post of Thanksgiving dinner prep tips, I suggested planning out seating arrangements ahead of time and using place cards on your table to keep everyone organized. Here are some easy DIY place cards I made for my family’s Thanksgiving dinner:
- card stock
- colored paper
- puffy paint
- brown buttons (two-hole buttons work best)
1. Cut the card stock into rectangles.
This will be the base or background for the place card. My rectangles were bout 1 1/2″ x 4 1/2″, but you can make them whatever size you want.
2. Cut the colored paper to make the turkey feathers.
I did this freehand and didn’t use any kind of tracing pattern. Because the feathers will end up overlapping one another, and the bottoms of the feathers will be covered by a button, precision isn’t too important. In fact, the slightly different shapes and sizes of the feathers I cut out made each place card look unique.
3. Glue 4 or 5 of the paper feathers into a fan pattern.
I found it easier to glue the feathers into the fan pattern before I put them on the background.
5. Glue a brown button over the bottom of the feather fan.
This is your turkey’s head. I positioned the button on the card stock so that the button holes were horizontal and looked like the turkey’s eyes.
6. Use orange puffy paint to paint the turkey’s beak onto the button.
Just draw a triangle with the point down underneath the button hole eyes.
7. Write the names of your guests in the open space on the card stock using puffy paint or marker.
I used green puffy paint to write the names here because I was using a green tablecloth. Writing the names in the color of your table linens will make the place cards seem like a cohesive element of the table, instead of just some random decoration. I also chose the green puffy paint because it contrasted with the background of the place card, making the name on the card stand out, even from further away.
- On the plate
- Above the plate
- In a place card holder (Pinterest always has some interesting ideas)
- In the Place Card Holder napkin fold
I hope this DIY craft helps set a festive tone for your Thanksgiving dinner. We’re always on the lookout for fun DIY table crafts, so shoot us an e-mail or leave a comment if you have ideas to share!