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Easy Holiday Decor: DIY Thanksgiving Place Card Holders

Thanksgiving DIY place card holders

[Post updated for 2016]

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner is no small undertaking. Between navigating family politics and figuring out kitchen logistics (not to mention trying to compete with memories of Nana’s famous fruit salad), it’s a ton of work.

If you’ve volunteered to take on hosting duties this year, we salute you. We know even holiday heroes like you need to take a break from all the arrangements, so we’ve put together a few quick, easy craft ideas to help you de-stress.

These DIY place cards are the perfect way to deck out your dining table. You likely already have all the necessary supplies, and, since place cards are part of your Thanksgiving preparations, you’re still technically being productive. It’s a win-win!

DIY Twig & Twine Thanksgiving Place Card Holder

diy place card holder using twigs and twine
  • Floral shears
  • Cardstock
  • Hot glue gun
  • Small branches, about the thickness of a pen
  • Twine
  • Small evergreen sprigs
  • Using the floral shears, cut the branches into 6” segments. Trim off any nubs.
  • Take two branch segments of approximately equal width and fit them together as snugly as possible.
  • Turn the branches over and apply hot glue between the branches at both ends. Let dry.
  • Cut two 12” pieces of twine.
  • Wrap around both ends of the branch segments, covering the hot glue.
  • Secure the twine on the bottom with a small drop of glue. Let dry.
  • Write guest’s name on a 2” x 4” piece of cardstock.
  • Insert the cardstock in the middle of the place card holder, and tuck a small evergreen sprig into one end between the cardstock and the front branch segment.
  • Repeat for all place cards.

DIY Pinecone Thanksgiving Place Card Holder

diy place card holder using pinecones
  • Pinecone
  • Cardstock
  • White paint
  • Bowl
  • Pour a small amount of paint into the bowl. Place the pinecone in the bowl, and roll it around so that all the scales have paint, creating a snow-like appearance. Let dry.
  • Write guest’s name on a 2” x 4” piece of cardstock.
  • Stand the pinecone up on its flat end. Insert the cardstock into the top of the pinecone. Note: You may need to break off one or two of the scales in order to get the cardstock to stand upright.
  • Repeat for all place cards.

DIY Boxwood Thanksgiving Place Card Holder

diy place card holder using boxwood sprigs
  • Boxwood sprigs
  • Cardstock
  • Push pin
  • Floral shears
  • Take a 2” x 4” piece of cardstock. Holding the cardstock lengthwise, carefully make a small hole with the push pin approximately .3” from either end and toward the bottom. Make sure to leave enough room above the holes to write the guest’s name without covering it up with the boxwood sprig.
  • Cut a boxwood sprig to approximately 4” long. Remove the leaves from the last .5” of each end of the sprig.
  • Carefully insert the ends of the boxwood sprig into the holes.
  • Repeat for all place cards.

DIY Wood Thanksgiving Place Card Holder

diy place card holder using wood slice
  • Wood slices, approximately 2-3” wide and 1.5” tall
  • Hand saw
  • Clamping miter box
  • Clamp a wood slice in the center of your clamping miter box.
  • Using your hand saw, saw a shallow channel down the middle of the wood slice.
  • Write guest’s name on a 2” x 4” piece of cardstock and insert it into the channel.
  • Repeat for all place cards.

Be sure to check out our Holiday Marketplace for Thanksgiving decorations and more!

How are you decorating your home for Thanksgiving? We’d love to see pictures. Tag us on Facebook or Instagram, and let’s connect!

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