18 Creative DIY Place Cards For Your Turkey Day Table

The easiest way to avoid family drama at the table.

Spoon Fork Bacon

Avoid any unnecessary holiday drama by making sure you have total control of the seating arrangements this Thanksgiving—and that starts with place cards. You could buy some, but these DIY options help add a personal touch. Not only will these Thanksgiving place cards beautify your table, but with props like rosemary and clementines, they'll also make the whole room smell amazing. Keep reading for eighteen beautiful ideas.

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Painted Pumpkins

Tell everyone where they're sitting in the cutest way possible. Bonus? They can take these home after as party favors.

See more at Tell, Love, and Party.

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Molly Winters for Camille Styles
Rosemary Wreath Place Cards

Fresh rosemary sprigs add fragrance to these sweet little table wreaths.

Get the tutorial at Camille Styles.

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Christopher Baker
Paper Leaves on Pears

Pick up the turkey and the centerpiece at the grocery store this year. You can even recycle the brown paper bags as "leaves" that list what your family is thankful for. Get the tutorial at Good Housekeeping.

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Cupcakes and Cashmere
Gilded Pumpkins

Turn tiny orange pumpkins into gold-dipped treasures and finish it all off with initial-stamped tags.

Get the tutorial at Cupcakes and Cashmere.

More: 10 Thanksgiving Craft Ideas Your Adult Guests Will Love

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Trevor Dixon
Bright Red With Gold Writing

Choose a piece of paper in an eye-popping color that stands out. This table setting features the fall colors like red and purple, but then it also introduces splashes of blue, green, and pink for a unique spin. The gold flatware is a the perfect finishing touch.

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DIY Network
Printable Bunting

With a handy printable, you're just a click away from these customizable mini garlands.

Get the tutorial at DIY Network.

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Brass Place Cards Leaning Against Florals

Leann a brass place card against a thin vase with a a single stem in it for a romantic touch. This jewel-toned table incorporates burgundy, brass, and lots of fruit. Set each place with a fresh flower to welcome each of your guests with a sweet gesture.

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Jacquelyn Clark
Gold Dipped Leaves

Dog-eared in gold leaf, these simple place cards require little more than collecting a freshly-fallen batch of leaves.

Get the tutorial at Jacquelyn Clark.

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Cheetah Is the New Black
Keep It Classic

A burnt orange linen runner and classic fall tableware keeps things casual and down to the earth and unpretentious on this Thanksgiving table from Cheetah Is the New Black. The classic place cards are similarly elegant but laidback.

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Gilded Corn

All it takes is a coat of metallic gold spray paint to turn plain old corn into the most glam element of your tablescape.

Get the tutorial at Freutcake.

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Painted Pine Cone

Ask your little ones to collect pine cones from the back yard. A place card project that occupies your kids and takes minimal effort? Sign us up.

Get the tutorial at Camille Styles.

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Spoon Fork Bacon
Rosemary Sprigs

Your Thanksgiving table should smell fantastic — even before you bring out the turkey. These rosemary sprig place cards are fresh, simple, and elegant — and minimal enough to complement any tablescape.

Get the tutorial at Spoon Fork Bacon.

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Dandee Designs
Shipshape Place Cards

These ship-shaped place cards are great fun for little ones (or anyone who's young at heart). Just print the template onto card stock, cut, glue, and fill for a seaworthy accent.

Get the tutorial at Dandee Designs.

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Almost Makes Perfect
Gilded Pears

Looking for a way to use up the last of the season's pear bounty? We love these elegant, gold-dipped pear place cards. The best part? They don't take long to put together — just make sure to allow for drying time.

Get the tutorial at Almost Makes Perfect.

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Minted Strawberry
Berry Topping

A mini bushel of faux berries offsets the bright gold napkin with a moody but perfectly festive touch.

Get the tutorial at Minted Strawberry.

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Almost Makes Perfect
Cork Turkey

Have a bunch of leftover corks taking up space in your junk drawer? Put them to good use this Thanksgiving! This simple tutorial just asks that you draw and color your own feathers—you'll be astounded by how spiffy handmade artwork looks on your tablescape!

Get the tutorial at Almost Makes Perfect.

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Kitchen Confidante
Cranberry Wreath

While some might file these cranberry wreath place cards under "Christmas," we beg to differ—it's never too soon to start appreciating cranberries, and Thanksgiving has a strong cranberry tradition of its own. And who can resist a pop of bright red on Thanksgiving?

Get the tutorial at Kitchen Confidante.

More: Our Favorite Thanksgiving Wreath Ideas to DIY

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Fabric Paper Glue
Mini Apples

These mini apple place holders will see you through this Thanksgiving, and the next, and the next… all with less than 30 minutes spent putting them together (not including the trip to the store!). How could anyone pass up such a simple, unobtrusive, and super-cute craft?

Get the tutorial at Fabric Paper Glue.

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