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10 cute, creative & crafty Thanksgiving place cards

Hand-stamped place cards on candle jars

Thanksgiving is a time for families and friends to come together — but that doesn’t mean you want a free-for-all with everyone sitting just anywhere.

Maybe there’s an uncle who you haven’t seen for years and want a chance to catch up. Perhaps you invited a friend from work and want to be sure to seat her right next to your single cousin… just in case there are sparks. And sometimes, you just want to avoid what could be delicately called a “personality conflict” between family members.

That’s where place cards come in. Each one offers a helpful and handsome way to let people know where to sit ahead of time — with the bonus feature of helping any newcomers to the group know the name of the people to their right and left.

Take a look here at a dozen different ways you can create homemade placecards for your Thanksgiving table!

Pumpkin cookie place cards

These cookie place cards are adorably delicious! Get the whole how-to from Elena Roussakis here.

Pumpkin cookie place cards
Photo credit: Elena Roussakis

House-shaped placecards

“Every Thanksgiving, my mother used to make crafty placecards,” says photographer Martha J Watts. “On the first Thanksgiving since she passed, it only felt right to carry on one of her many traditions! Each one had a little flickering candle inside that light up the windows, too.”

House-shaped Thanksgiving placecards
Photo credit: Martha J. Watts/Flickr

Turkey place card holder

Turkey place card holder
Photo credit: Derek Bruff/Flickr

Elegant DIY autumn leaf table name cards

Elegant DIY autumn leaf table name cards
Photo credit: Ciera Design

Scripty placecards with leaf cut-outs

Scripty placecards with leaf cutouts
Photo credit: Luigi Crespo/Flickr

Circular clay Thanksgiving placecards

“These are cold clay ‘cookies’ with a leaf stamp imprinted randomly in each,” says Heather. “I love the contrast of the color with the white. It makes the leaf stand out more. I ended up printing everyone’s name out on tissue…so it would go with the groove (literally) and look like it was printed directly on the place card.”

Circular clay Thanksgiving placecards
Photo credit: HA! Designs/Flickr

Child’s handmade acorn placecards

Child's handmade acorn placecards
Photo credit: Erich Adler/Flickr

Cute Thanksgiving placecard with pumpkin cutout

Cute Thanksgiving placecard with pumpkin cutout
Photo credit: scot2342/Flickr

Thanksgiving squirrel placecards

Thanksgiving squirrel placecards
Photo credit: Austin & Zak/Flickr

Turkey fingerprint craft placecards

Turkey fingerprint craft placecards
Photo credit: Christian Penny/Flickr

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