Another Thanksgiving post?! Weiiiirrdd, I know. Especially since most of you are probably saying “Girl, Thanksgiving decorations were so like 3 months ago!” and you are now in the thick of Christmas (Am I the only super old-fashioned person that refuses to do anything Christmas until after Thanksgiving?!). Christmas decorations or not, there’s still a big turkey dinner coming up this Thursday and a table that will need to be set for it. Hence, this post about super easy DIY thanksgiving place settings. Whether you don’t have a lot of time, you don’t want to spend a lot of money, you don’t want to take away from your Christmas decorations, or you really just don’t feel like decorating, any of these place card options will work for you. Bonus, a few of these ideas would even work well for Christmas (in case any of you want to keep your table set-up for a month or something).
More than likely you already have a house (or yard) full of items that you can use to create place settings. Get creative, be resourceful and think outside the box. Some of the items I gathered from around my place include: popsicle sticks (spray painted gold), wine corks, feathers, mini pumpkins, gilded faux berries, acorns, a stem of wheat, cinnamon sticks, small glass containers, gilded faux fruit, a clear shot glass, and old paper shopping bags.
Your place setting can be as simple as laying an item like a feather or dried flower across the napkin and then resting a larger place card in the middle. I spray painted the tips of these feathers gold, but any type or color of feather would work. Also, I made this name card out of a paper grocery bag with a scallop-edged pair of scissors. I’m very big into using earthy tones in Thanksgiving decorating so I think the paper bags work out nicely.
A plain shot glass filled with gold glittered sand (above) or acorns (below) is the perfect holding spot for a name “stick”- a popsicle stick spray painted gold with the name tag attached to the top. To attach the name tag, I simply folded the paper in half, placed the popsicle stick in the middle, and then glued it all together with a few drops of glue.
Yet another example of how sometimes the simple things can be the best things. Similarly to the feather seen above, these place settings only consist of the name card laid next to a small decorative feature, such as gilded berries, gilded fruit, acorns, pinecones or even a few cranberries.
Here I attached a large name card to a piece of wheat using a small clothes pin that had been spray painted gold. I then laid it in the middle of the place setting. This is by far my favorite of all the place settings seen in this post.
In this final place setting, I made a smaller place card, set it up on the napkin and then placed a small glass container over it. If you’re big on not matching, this would be a good place setting option for you as you could use a variety of glass containers or jars with which to cover the name cards.