No matter if you’re hosting a formal Thanksgiving dinner for 20, or a casual family get-together, these three clever and simple DIY place cards will help seat your guests with festive fall fun.

3 Thanksgiving place cards instructions
  • clementine clove
  • clementine oranges (aka Cuties)
  • whole dried cloves
  • toothpicks
  • twine (optional)
  • name tags (optional)
  • family portrait
  • portraits (the goofier the better)
  • photo paper (or send them off to be printed)
  • scissors
  • hole punch
  • raffia ribbon
  • airplane bottle
  • mini (50ml) alcohol bottles (we used Wild Turkey, naturally)
  • white card stock paper
  • kraft paper
  • scissors
  • double-sided tape or glue
  • hole punch
  • yarn or twine
clementine clove
  1. Lightly score a pattern in your orange with a toothpick, creating holes that you will later fill with the cloves (you might want to sacrifice 1 orange as a practice model until you’ve settled on a pattern you like).
  2. Carve each guest’s initial into the orange using a toothpick.
  3. As an alternative to carving an initial, use a name tag.
  4. Insert cloves stem-first into toothpick holes until only ball of clove is showing.
  5. Attach pre-printed name tag to piece of twine and secure to one of the cloves (optional).
  6. These will last 2–3 days (up to 1 week in the refrigerator).
family portrait
  1. Print portrait directly onto photo paper, trim to size.
  2. Punch hole in top left corner of place card.
  3. Use raffia ribbon to secure place card to rolled napkin.
airplane bottle
  1. Decide if you want to handwrite the names or print them out on a computer.
  2. If computer printing, start by typing in the names on a Word document, print directly on white card stock, trim to size.
  3. If hand lettering, trim nametag to size, write directly on white card stock.
  4. Trim kraft paper into small rectangle, fold over top of place card and secure with double-sided tape.
  5. Punch hole through top of place card.
  6. Use yarn or twine to tie place card directly to neck of mini bottle.
Add a little bit of fun to your traditional Thanksgiving table this year!

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