Fun Place Cards and Decorations for the Thanksgiving Table
Kids will love creating these Thanksgiving-themed place cards and table decorations.
Turkey Leg Place Card
You’ll need small brown paper bags, pinking shears, white cardstock, a stapler and adhesive letters from the craft store. Cut a few inches off the top of the bag. Crumple in the bottom and sides of the bag to create the leg, stuffing it with newspaper to give it shape. Cut a bone shape from white paper and tuck it into the bag opening, stapling to hold it in place. Add names with the adhesive letters.
Juicy Juice Thanksgiving Place Cards
Paint clothespins with acrylic paint and let dry. Cut a little diamond from orange construction paper. Glue googly eyes and the orange diamond to the top of the clothespin. Cut leaf shapes from the colored construction papers. On white paper, write and decorate guests’ names. Clip the name tags and the paper leaves together.
Pine Cone Turkeys
Pine cone turkeys are a fun addition to your Thanksgiving table – make one for each place setting or group them as a centerpiece. You’ll need pine cones, craft paint, small paintbrushes, scraps of red and orange felt, pompoms and googly eyes. Paint the scales of the pine cone in a variety of fall colors, and use hot glue or craft glue to attach a pompom for the head. Cut a beak and wattle and glue them on, along with the googly eyes.
Cookie Cutter Placemats
Here’s a fun use for your cookie cutters! You’ll need craft paint in fall colors, paper plates and posterboard or paper. Pour each paint color onto paper plates. Dip the cutters into the paint and press onto the paper. Rinse the cutters off before changing colors. Let dry and cut to size. For a long-lasting placemat, cover it with clear contact paper.
Rosemary Sprig Place Cards
Add some notes of rosemary to the Thanksgiving table. These elegant cards are so simple that children can easily lend a hand. Punch holes at the top of each place card and insert a sprig of rosemary. Write each guest’s name on the cards (for a more playful look, let the kids write the names in colorful crayon). Teri at spoonforkbacon.com suggests folding your napkins with a pocket for the place cards.
Thanksgiving Teepee Place Holders
This craft is slightly more complicated but the cute factor is off the scale. You’ll need ice cream cones, vanilla frosting, pretzel sticks, fabric and sticky mailing labels, but when you’re done you’ll have an unusual and edible (after you remove the fabric) place holder. Visit Liz Stanley’s blog for complete directions.
Pilgrim Hat Place Cards
Pilgrim hats as décor at Thanksgiving is nothing new, but the use of shiny black plastic cups elevates this craft. A construction paper ring is slid over the top for a brim and a gold accent is added. Use a metallic paint pen to write the names, or have your kids do it in white crayon.