Pinecone Place Card Holders

Hi friends!  With the big day o' thanks right around the corner, I thought I'd pop in today with the easiest craft EVER for your Thanksgiving table….even easier than my most-viewed post Craft For The Uncrafty!!

I LOVE to set out placecards for big dinners.  I don't care at all where anyone sits, or who they sit next to, but I think a placecard makes the guest feel special.  When my kids were little I would keep them busy while I cooked by having them sit at the counter and make placecards.  You might remember their turkey placecards from last year….so cute.

I'm a big fan of tablescapes that don't need to be deconstructed when the food arrives to the table and try to keep this in mind when setting out place cards and making a centerpiece.  There is nothing worse than having to remove your beautiful floral arrangement because it's so tall that no one can see each other!

This year I will be using a lot of natural elements on my table, inspired by these beautiful tables:


This is self-explanatory but I'll make it super easy on you with a brief tutorial :)

Gather pinecones from your yard (or gather from a craft store if you don't have a yard!)

Cut up card stock into placecards - mine are about 2"x3".  

Slather a bit of sparkly glitter paint across the top of the placecards with a paintbrush (or dip the edge in glue and glitter).

Write the names of your guests on the placecard, leaving a 1/4" space at the bottom.

Rest a pinecone on your worksurface and find where it naturally sits.  With scissors, snip a slit into two or three of a pinecone's scales and rest the placecard in it.

And there you have it…..place cards kicked up a notch for a special Thanksgiving meal.

I'm working on Pam's idea to make my table bigger this weekend, and hopefully I'll have a pretty tablescape to share with you next week, complete with place cards!

Happy weekend friends!  Hope you are up to something wonderful!


Maury @ Life on Mars said...

Love that! Perfect for your table and the gold touch glams it up :-)

Kelly @ View Along the Way said...

Gorgeous! I love the sparkle with the natural elements.

Anonymous said...

adorable Lisa!

Mandi@TidbitsfromtheTremaynes said...

I love place cards too!! I told ya we were besties! (if my autocorrect changes that to "beasties" one.more.time, I swear. ..)

pam {simple details} said...

How cute are those place cards! Love the pretty nature inspired look you're creating, can't wait to see it all come together. We need to bring our 'big table' in from the garage! :)

Cassie @ Primitive & Proper said...

so pretty! i love bringing in the natural elements! i think i need to gather some pine cones!

Ange said...

Great idea, love the glitter and the rustic together! Also like that the kids help out in years past.

Kim@Chattafabulous said...

I love natural decorations on the table, and I have an abundance of pine cones in my yard. Meant to be!


Jenny said...

So pretty! Great for Thanksgiving or Christmas! I'm not hosting this year, and I'm half sad, half relieved, because I always stress out!

My Crafty Home Life said...

Really cute idea.

Carmel @ Our Fifth House said...

I love bringing in natural elements to a table setting! These are so pretty!

Urban Orchard Interiors said...

So clever! I love your inspiration pics.