Thanksgiving Holidays are upon us. We’re all bustling around, planning and organizing for this special day to enjoy & share for that big day. Here are a few ideas that should save you a little time and money on decorating your table with your own special flair for DIY placecards:
Save all bottle corks from wine or vinegar bottles to use as cardholders.
Use Thanksgiving Holiday printed ribbons or any kind of ribbons any size, width or style you may choose and tie folded placecards behind the chairs of where the guests will be seated.
Use pine cones, decorate with glitter or ribbons, and place cards in them as well, or pluck the pine leaves, as I call them off, and create a pine cob, slit, cut to desirable size, and use for your placecards. Place finished projects on a plate lined with a cloth or paper napkin of your choice. Now with that being said, we’re ready to create our own cards.
One way is quite simple. Just photo copy a picture that means something special to you for the Holidays, perhaps last year’s pictures or a picutre that you have of your guests, Using Colored laser copy paper, choose the colors you choose to have display them. You’ll want to trim an inch off of your printed photo so that the colored laser paper, or construction paper if you so desire 9″11″, is the underlay and you’ll use a glue stick to paste on the back, around the photo, not on the photo. Let this dry well. On the outside use a magic marker or dark pen to write their name and on the inside write your greeting, such as: “I’m so terribly glad you’re here and could join us on this special day and write the year, Thanksgiving 2009; or you could say: “I’m glad you’ve come to make our Thanksgiving complete and special.”
The second idea requires a little bit more time, as you’ll be using Thanksgiving cookie cutters to make cookies to display their name on them and decorate festive for the Holiday. Place on a festive napkins, cloth or paper, depending upon your setting for a Traditional Unformal or Formal Dinner. If you really have some extra time on your hands insead of cookies make playdough or buy, either is suitable, decorate with paints, bake and spraypaint with clear acrilyic spraypaint. Make sure either way, take your time, don’t try to overdo it or rush, and please let icings or paints dry before changing colors.
If neither of these, takes your fancy, you can always use an old cereal box, tear apart and you’ll wind up with 2- 9″ by 11″ cardboards. Go outside and find an elm, sweet gum, or maple leaves on a tree with sturdy and deep veins. Don’t use frayed or dead leaves. Using plain copy paper and crayons, place leaf on cardbord, trace or as they call it these days, Leaf Rubbing, the leaf by coloring all over the leaf. Cut out your final finished project, paste to laser printer paper of all different colors, or use construction paper, fold in half. Paste to your final card paper of your choice, fold, add guest name, and put greeting inside.
Another way without buying construction paper or copy paper is very simole! Have glitter or make your own stencils out of cardboard cereal boxes. Using 4″ by 6″ Index Cards, plain or colored cards, fold in half, decorate the outside with stickers, rubber stamps, or stencil your design, Then glitter, glitter, glitter to your hearts desire. Put your guest name on the outside when completely dried , and write your brief greeting inside, such as: “I’m so thankful you’re in my life and we’re sharing Thanksgiving together, or, I’m so grateful for all the things you do. Thanks for being in my life.” Hope I’ve been of service to you & do have a Safe and Blessed Holiday!