Family. That’s what Thanksgiving is all about.

Whether it’s the people you’re related to or the people you choose to bring into your life, Thanksgiving is an opportunity to come together and reconnect. Unfortunately, unless your family was ripped out of a Norman Rockwell painting, this can be easier said than done.

Everyone has that one uncle who cannot be seated too close to that particular aunt or knows which two friends will start debating politics like it’s the night before election day if seated together. People are people, we all have our own idiosyncrasies and though we care about someone, we may not get along 100% of the time. If you want to avoid any awkward dinner moments, do what great hosts have been doing throughout the ages: use place cards.

Take a look at these three easy DIY place card ideas below that will add some creativity and flair to your dinner table while also ensuring the evening goes by smoothly.

Shannon Denny

Rustic Glass Bottle

  • Empty glass bottles (any small to medium glass bottle will work, though we’re partial to the beautiful contour of a Coca-Cola bottle)
  • Twine
  • Nametag for each guest

This look adds an element of charm and nostalgia to your table.

  • Clean your previously-enjoyed Coca-Cola beverage glass bottles thoroughly.
  • Cut a length of twine and begin wrapping the bottle in overlapping layers.
  • Attach a nametag before tying off the end of the twine.

Shannon Denny

Painted Pine Cones

  • Pine cones
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paper Plate
  • Paper Place Card

These place card holders lend the table a natural feel and add a splash of colour. Plus, they’re easy enough for kids to help with.

  • Pour out some paint onto your paper plate.
  • Dip each prong of the pine cone into the paint ensuring a thick application on each.
  • Set the painted pine cones aside to dry overnight
  • Once dry, wedge the place cards in between prongs on the top.

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Wine Cork Turkeys

  • Construction Paper (red, brown, orange and yellow)
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun and Glue
  • Googly Eyes
  • Metallic Gold Marker
  • Wine Bottle Corks

I don’t care how old you are, no one is too old for googly eyes.

  • While the glue gun is warming up, stack all your sheets of construction paper together.
  • Start cutting out long feather shapes from the construction paper for the turkey’s tail.
  • Cut out small triangles from the yellow construction paper for your turkey’s beak
  • Write out your guests’ names on the brown feathers in gold.
  • Fan out the feathers (making sure the feather with the name is at the end and visible) and start gluing them to the back of the cork.
  • Don’t forget to glue the googly eyes and beak on as well.

If any of these place cards played a role in your Thanksgiving dinner, please share a photo with us here.