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21 DIY rustic and glitzy Thanksgiving name cards

Name cards are one of those tiny details that really pull a Thanksgiving table together, and these DIY Thanksgiving name cards are so simple they won’t impact your prep timeline at all! Our favorite Thanksgiving name cards take a simple fall item – think pumpkins and acorns – and add a simple handwritten tag. You can dress these name cards up or down depending on your table decor by adding a little more sparkle and shine, or keeping it simple and natural.

Here are just some of our favorite Thanksgiving name cards.

acorn name cards

Save yourself the time crunch and have Fairyfolk on Etsy whip up these felted acorn place cards if you don’t want to DIY them.

leaf escort cards

Gather up some leaves from the yard, grab a chalk or metallic paint pen and you’ve got a simple leaf name card that costs less than $5!


scrabble name card

Boxwood Clipping’s scrabble-inspired name card is easy to make and after you’re done dining, scoop all the tiles together and start an after-dinner game! Missing a few letters? Buy Scrabble tiles in bulk!

leaf and napkin name card

A simple twig is all you need to dress up a kraft paper hang tag. Place it on top of a basic napkin and you’ve got a simply elegant and natural place card.

pinecone name cards

A piece of cardstock nestled in a pinecone makes a simple, woodland-inspired Thanksgiving pinecone name card

gold clothespin name card holder

Spray paint and clothespins are all you need to recreate these simple name card holders from Centsational Girl

ribbon name card

Stamp names on grosgrain ribbon and tie them around the placesetting.

golden apple name cards

Golden apples are right at home on a tree slab. 

rosemary name cards

Rosemary sprig place cards can adapt to any herb you have on hand. Just be sure to use a tiny hole punch so the sprig stays in place.

pie crust initial placesetting

Pie crust letters spell out each guest’s name with these pie crust placesettings. Try these alphabet cookie cutters from William-Sonoma.


golden feather placecard

Mod Podge transforms an ordinary feather into a golden feather place card.

leaf cut out place card

Leaf cut out place cards pop against a bowl of pinecones (or acorns!).

cork turkey name card

Okay, we swore no turkey place cards but this cork and feather almost-turkey name card holder is too cute to pass up!

glitter pumpkin name card holder

Little pumpkins get a glitter makeover and a copper wire vine.

gold pumpkin

Another mini pumpkin place holder, this time dressed up with metallic acrylic paint and homemade tags. 

golden leaf name card

Cover a leaf with acrylic metallic paint, grab your sharpie and you’ve got a golden leaf name card

gilded pumpkin

Gilded pumpkins are easy to DIY with gold leaf sheets.

twine and twig name card holder

A few DIY steps and you’ve got twig and twine name card holders.

apple cards

Stamped postal tags dress up nature’s fall bounty – apples – for a super simple apple name card. We love the red and green mix of Macintosh apples!

pantone place cards

Autumn-inspired colors adorn these pantone place cards. (Pssst … paint chips would be an even easier DIY!)

rosemary wreath name card

Rosemary wreath name cards are simple to make and add a pleasant rosemary scent to the table.