21 DIY rustic and glitzy Thanksgiving name cards

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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.

Felted 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 do them yourself. However, how much fun would these be to make!

acorn name cards

Simple leaf name cards

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

leaf escort cards

Scrabble name cards

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!

scrabble name card

Kraft paper name tags

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

leaf and napkin name card

Pinecone name cards

A piece of cardstock nestled in a pinecone makes a simple, woodland-inspired Thanksgiving pinecone name card from Rustic Wedding Chic.

pinecone name cards


Gold clothespin name cards

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

gold clothespin name card holder

Ribbon place cards

Stamp names on beautiful ribbon and tie them around the place setting like Make It Love It did with this intriguing idea.

ribbon name card

Cornucopia place cards

These cornucopia place cards from Caramel Potatoes are not only absolutely adorable but delicious too! They are perfect for a kids table, or just for a table made up of overgrown kids.


Rosemary sprig place cards

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

rosemary name cards

Pie crust place cards

Pie crust letters spell out each guest’s name with these pie crust place settings from You Are My Fave. Just buy some alphabet letter cookie cutters and cut away at uncooked pie crust.

pie crust initial placesetting

Gold glittered feathered Thanksgiving name cards

Mod Podge transforms an ordinary feather into a golden feather name card which Make Life Lovely makes look very easy to recreate.

golden feather placecard

Leaf cut out place cards

These leaf cut out place cards from Brit pop against a bowl of pinecones (or acorns!). Get creative with your surrounding decorations to make yours unique!

leaf cut out place card

DIY turkey feather place cards

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

cork turkey name card

Pumpkin place card holders

These little pumpkins from Unoriginal Mom get a glitter makeover and a copper wire vine to create festive place cards for your holiday gathering.

glitter pumpkin name card holder

Metallic Thanksgiving pumpkin name card holders

Another mini pumpkin place holder, this one from Vicky Barone. This fun design is dressed up with metallic acrylic paint and homemade tags. 

gold pumpkin

Golden leaf name cards

Cover a leaf with acrylic metallic paint, grab your sharpie and you’ve got a golden leaf name card like this one from Runaway Apricot

golden leaf name card

Gilded harvest place cards

These gilded pumpkins from Cupcakes and Cashmere are easy to DIY with gold leaf sheets even though they look like they took days to make.

gilded pumpkin

DIY twig and twine place cards

A few DIY steps and you’ve got twig and twine name card holders like these from Almost Makes Perfect. Table decorations don’t have to cost a fortune!

twine and twig name card holder

Apple name cards

Stamped postal tags dress up nature’s fall bounty — apples — for a super simple apple name card like this one from Wedding Wire. We love the red and green mix of Macintosh apples!

apple cards

Leaves and layers name cards

These layered name cards with paper leaves in red and orange from My Stamp Lady are so festive and perfect for Thanksgiving your guests will think you worked for hours perfecting this very simple project.

Rosemary wreath name cards

Rosemary wreath name cards from Spook Fork Bacon are beautiful and simple to make with an added pleasant rosemary scent that will engulf your table and home.

rosemary wreath name card