Thanksgiving Place Cards

I can hardly believe Thursday is Thanksgiving. It feels like I just changed my desktop calendar to November, but here we are just a few days away. Have you started thinking table decor yet? If not, I may just have the thing for you. We’re scheduled to eat dinner with my in-laws this year and I made up these place cards as an experiment. They turned out so well, Abby and I have decided to make them for everyone at our Thanksgiving table. That’s 27 place cards. We better get busy!

To create your own place cards you will need a few basic supplies.


  1. paper mayflower place card template
  2. bamboo skewers
  3. scissors
  4. glue gun
  5. river rocks (I purchased polished rocks from the floral department at Wal-Mart for $4.99)
  6. card stock
  7. hole punch
  8. pretty masking tape (optional)
  9. modeling clay

Step 1: Cut out the three boats then following the dashed lines, cut slits to the fold line. Repeat on both ends of each boat.

Step 2: Fold the paper on the fold line.

Step 3: Using hot glue, secure the ends of the boat closed.

Step 4: Add pretty Japanese masking tape for a touch of color. Or not. It’s up to you.

I cut the sails out of white card stock and punched holes in the top and bottom. Trim your skewers to the height you like and then stick your skewers through the punched holes.

To keep the skewers standing tall, I placed a bit of modeling clay in the bottom of the boat and stuck the skewer in the center. Adding the polished rocks also helped keep them upright.