ISSUE 47  |  Last-Minute Thanksgiving

DIY: Last-Minute Thanksgiving Place Cards

November 26, 2014 5:00 PM

BY Christine Chitnis

It’s not too late to add a handmade touch to the Thanksgiving table–especially if you have some small assistants willing to donate their school art projects to make place cards.

My son brings home loads of precious artwork from preschool every week. My friend Sarah Jagger helped me come up with this idea to transform his “fall-themed” paintings into place cards. Each setting will take no more than five minutes to make, and you probably have most of the materials on hand:

Photography by Christine Chitnis for Gardenista.


Above: Children’s art work, a leaf, scissors, pencil, and a marker.

Step 1: Place a leaf over the artwork, and trace an outline in pencil. Cut along the line.

Step 2: Have your child label each leaf with a guest’s name (part of the charm comes from the uneven, childish handwriting). 

Above: Place one leaf on the center of each plate. After the meal is over, collect the leaves and use them to create a simple garland, taping each leaf to a length of twine, as a memory of the meal (and decor for the following year).

Looking for more last-minute Thanksgiving decor ideas? See: