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Thanksgiving Tablescape: 5 DIY Decorations

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5. Gratitude Place Cards

Your place cards can be as simple or as fancy as you like. An easy way to make your own place cards is to pick up a pack of recycled, unlined index cards, and fold them in half. Voila! Little tented cards that you can set at each place. At the Thanksgiving table, instead of telling folks where to sit try writing a small thought of gratitude on each place card. What a fun surprise for guests!

You can set the cards at each place and keep it simple, or try some of these variations!


Punch a hole in each card, and tie it to a gourd.

Use stamps, stickers, and stencils to decorate your place cards.

Use a decorative hole punch – did you know they come in all kinds of cute, tiny shapes??? – to add some interest.

Do you guys have any DIY Thanksgiving decorations in the works? Tell us about your tablescape in the comments!

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Becky Striepe

Becky Striepe is a freelance writer and vegan crafter living in Atlanta, Georgia. Her life’s mission is to make green crafting and vegan food accessible to everyone! Like this article? You can follow Becky on Twitter or find her on Facebook!


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4:00AM PDT on Aug 20, 2013

A time for showing gratitude

4:45PM PST on Nov 20, 2012


12:09PM PST on Nov 18, 2012

Becky all these crafty ideas are very thoughtful and decorative. I especially appreciate the Gratitude placecard which will be fun and inspiring. I plan to ask each family member to express their personal feeling of gratitude and make their own card before the dinner. Then everone will pick a card from a carved out gourd and place it on the table wherever they choose to sit. Then each person will 'show & tell' their card of gratitude!
My granddaughters always love to make their own 'personalized' creations. This is a culmination of a field trip for pine cones, a few chestnuts and assorted natural elements. I do not have a sewing machine anymore; however a needle and thread works wonders! I have always favoured organic vs synthetic and Thanksgiving is the perfect Holiday to layer all the elements.
Last but never least offering our individual donation to the Food Bank and including a homemade note of Happy Thanksgiving wishes : )

10:59AM PST on Nov 18, 2012

Thank you

8:45AM PST on Nov 18, 2012

thanks for these great tips!!!

9:30AM PST on Nov 17, 2012


7:36AM PST on Nov 17, 2012

Thanks...would be nice if people used their real china and not paper plates!

3:09PM PST on Nov 16, 2012

Please don't spoil the beautiful table decorations with a turkey corpse.

For those thinking of having a dead bird on the table, please go to the link below. I sincerely hope you will then reconsider.


2:30PM PST on Nov 14, 2012


8:46PM PST on Nov 13, 2012


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