Thankful Place Cards for Thanksgiving {Guest Post}

*Updated 10/9 — A reader just let me know (thank you) that The Experimental Home website has been taken down. I am working to contact Laura to find out if she is still blogging. I will try to redirect this post to her new site. If that is not available, I will ask if she will share her gorgeous printable with me so that I can directly link it from my site. I’m sorry to disappoint you that it is unavailable right now. I hope to have good news for you soon!

Hi, One Creative Mommy readers, I’m Laura and I blog over at The Experimental Home. I am a trained scientist, but these days I do all my experimenting at home, in the kitchen or craft room. On my blog, I write all about my creative experiments. I believe you can create anything with a little experimentation. I am so excited that Heidi invited me to guest post for her today.

For the last several years, my husband and I have had quiet Thanksgivings. I was always so thankful for the quiet time to reflect and eat turkey in our pajamas. This year, Thanksgiving will be anything but quiet. We are hosting a bunch of family from out of town, not to mention our baby boy has grown into an active toddler. Since, Thanksgiving is shaping up to be a fun and crazy day, I decided to come up with a way to ensure that we all had a chance to be thankful and built a meaningful moment right into the place setting.

Simple tutorial and free printable to make Thankful Place Cards for your Thanksgiving table {Guest post on One Creative Mommy by The Experimental Home}

To make these thankful place cards, I printed a simple design with everyone’s names onto textured paper (but any paper or card stock would work). I trimmed the place cards down to size and punched a hole right at the top and bottom of the design.

FInally, I stuck a regular ol’ number 2 pencil that I spray painted gold (after taping off the eraser) through both holes. The resulting place cards look simple, sweet and stylish as the focus of my Thanksgiving place setting.

Once all filled out, everyone will need somewhere to put their place card. I wrapped a plastic can from our recycling with some pretty gold and white ribbon (I just love ribbon), hot gluing it in place. A few dry beans in the bottom, and it became the perfect place to collect thanksgivings.

Would you like to print some thankful place cards for your Thanksgiving celebration this year? Well you are in luck, because I am sharing the free printable with you. Click HERE and save to your computer. You will download the printable as a .pdf form. To add your guests names, open the file in Adobe Reader, and simply type the names into the fields. Names up to 8 letters long should fit well. Print them out, trim them up, stick a pencil through, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your friends and family.

I’m so excited to have discovered Laura’s blog.  She has such fantastic ideas!  These thankful place cards will be a perfect complement to the Thankful Tree that my family uses all month long.  Have you checked out Laura’s site yet?  Here are some of her favorite projects (the images are linked), and I think they may be mine, too!!!  Isn’t the dog art awesome?  I may have to come up with my own version!

The Experimental HomeZipper Flip Flop RedoDog Silhouette Playroom Art Crocheted Chevron Baby Blanket

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  1. I love this idea! So sweet and nicely designed. I pinned it!

  2. Miranda @ Mr. and Mrs. Winslett says

    LOVE this idea! I’d throw these in my scrapbook after Thanksgiving for sure. Stopping by from Foodies & Crafties Soiree!

  3. Such a cute idea and easy to make, which is great for me:)
    Thanks for sharing at Foodies & Crafties Soirée!
    Gosia | Kiddie Foodies

  4. Too cute! Thanks for sharing at the Foodies and Crafties Soiree!

  5. Love it, what a fun idea! I featured this on my blog this morning and I’m just stopping by to pin it! You can check it out here: Thanks for sharing the idea at my link party!

  6. What a thoughtful idea. Thanks for linking to What’d You Do This Weekend.

    Wishes for tasty dishes,

  7. I really want to download and use these adorable placecards. The link appears to be bad though and takes me to a bunch of funky unrelated sites. Can anyone confirm if it is still active or how to be able to download the printable? Thank you!

    • Hi, Shana. From what I can tell, The Experimental Home (the blog where this guest post came from) either has moved or has been taken down from the web. I have contacted the author to see if she will send me the printable and the missing images from this post. Fingers crossed. I hope she is okay. I have no idea why her blog was removed. I’ll let you know if I find anything out.

      Thank you for letting me know about the problem. I had no idea.

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