Quick and Easy Thanksgiving Place Cards

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With all the planning I have to do for Thanksgiving, I’m always looking for ways to get my kids to help.  Now that they’re older, they can help with the preparations on Thanksgiving Day; but when they were younger, they liked to make crafts and decorations for the holidays.  Place cards were always a fun activity that we could all take part in, and now I have great-nieces and a great-nephew that I can include in the fun. 


  • - white or off-white cardstock  
  • - patterned paper (This is a great opportunity to use up some of the “crazy” patterns that you might not otherwise use.)
  • - paper trimmer
  • - adhesive or glue
  • - leaf punch or leaf die-cuts 
  • - water-based markers or other washable markers
  • - letter stickers or die-cut letters
  • - scoring board (optional)
  • - die-cut machine (optional)


            Step 1:  Cut cardstock into pieces, one for each place card, that measure 4 ¼” x 3 ½”.

            Step 2:  Score and fold in half so that the folded place card measures 4 ¼” x 1 ¾”.

            Step 3:  Cut patterned paper into pieces, each measuring 4” x 1 ½”.  You'll need one for each place card.

            Step 4:  Adhere the patterned paper to the cardstock. 

            Step 5:  Punch or die-cut two or three cardstock leaves for each place card.

            Step 6:  Cut out letters from the cardstock to spell out the names for your place cards.  (If you're using letter stickers, you can skip this step.)

            Step 7:  Using watercolor markers, color the leaves and letters to coordinate with your place cards.  (I sprayed them with water afterwards to blend the colors, but this is an optional step.)


            Step 8:  Adhere the leaves and letters to the place cards.

            Step 9:  Trace around the edges of the leaves and letters with a fine-tipped marker.

I hope you try this project with your family and/or friends this Thanksgiving.  Don’t forget to post pictures in the Gallery.  I’d love to see what you make.  Happy Thanksgiving!


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