How to Make Cute Turkey-Themed Thanksgiving Place Cards

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Entertain the kids with this homemade Thanksgiving place card craft activity.

Take a crafty “time out” from your turkey dinner prep to assemble these do-it-yourself Thanksgiving place cards for your holiday dinner table.

These cute turkey place cards take only 30 minutes to make. And, the best part is that you probably have most of the supplies on hand!

This can be a fun little project for adults, but it’s also an easily adaptable craft to make with children this time of year.

Turn this into a nature lesson for the kids and start out the project with a fall leaf-hunting adventure.  Allow them to discover the different varieties of shapes, textures, and colors of tree leaves that you have in your area.


When assembling the turkey cards, be careful with smaller parts and the use of a hot glue gun with young children.  You might want to make larger turkeys with larger leaves, buttons, construction paper shapes, and glue sticks.

Gather Your Thanksgiving Place Card Supplies

[Printable instructions are available on our downloadable project sheet.]

For each Thanksgiving Place Card, you’ll need:
Blank place card or folded card stock
1 large (1″ diameter) button
1 small chevron bead (You could substitute a small triangle-shaped piece of construction paper)
2 6mm wiggle eyes
1 artificial or natural autumn maple leaf (approx. 2 – 2 1/2″ wide) – stem removed
Tools you’ll need:
Sharpie Fine Point marker
Hot glue gun or craft glue

SuppliesDescriptionFeaturesPrice
200 Pack Kraft Paper Place Cards

200 Pack Kraft Paper Place Cards

  • Name Cards for Table Setting: These versatile cards can be used as food labels for buffets, reserved seating cards, restaurant table reservations, or cards for flower bouquets
  • For Any Occasion: Elevate your events with these table place cards. Perfect for weddings, graduations, showers, anniversaries, birthdays, and holiday gatherings. Ensure organized seating and add a touch of sophistication to your celebrations
  • Material: These blank place cards are made of thick 250 gsm cardstock for a sturdy and premium feel, great for weddings, boutiques, or trade shows; please note: these cards are not printer-friendly
  • Dimensions: When folded, the seating cards measure 3.5 x 2 inches, and when unfolded, they measure 3.5 x 4 inches, providing ample space for you to include guests' names and table numbers
  • What's Included: You'll receive a bulk pack of 200 brown seating cards for customization at a value price so that you have more than enough for your special event
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25mm (1

25mm (1") Coconut Shell Buttons

  • Coconut shell buttons: due to the texture is different, each button is unique. Natural brown color, no paint applied, environmental friendly and excellent workmanship
  • Diameter: 25mm; Quantity: 100 pieces.
  • Sewing buttons: replace the buttons on the clothes, such as jackets, pants buttons
  • Craft & arts project, DIY craft, scrapbooking, embelishments
  • Crochet projects: crochet hats, scarves, cowls, boot cuffs and ear warmers
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Chevron Beads 6mm (1/4

Chevron Beads 6mm (1/4") - Bright Red

  • Perfect for pendants, earrings, zipper pulls, bookmarks, key chains and more!
  • See size and other information in the description below.
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6mm (1/4

6mm (1/4") Self-Adhesive Round Wiggly Eyes

  • 1000pcs 6mm googly eyes in a resealable zip bag
  • Easy to peel: with adhesive on the back and easy to drop off and really durable and sticky
  • You can stick the wobble eyes to any where you like,such as salt shakers, mailboxes, chairs,stapler
  • Perfect for theme party kid party halloween party
  • Note:don't touch the water with the back of the toy eyes,otherwise it will not stick
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Artificial Autumn Maple Leaves

Artificial Autumn Maple Leaves

  • Different shades of color – 300 pieces of maple leaves are assorted in 6 colors mixed together, each color has 50 leaves
  • Leaves Size – Range from 2.48-3.39inch/ 6.3-8.6cm wide, and you can pick a handful of unified or mixed colors to create more fun
  • Suitable for different occasions – These artificial maple leaves can be served as decorations for your wedding, festival, house, bars, party, banquet, stores or other occasions. And you sticking on the wall, write wishes on it as a card, serve as scatters for your wedding and so on
  • Durable material – Made with durable and eco-friendly polyester material, It's not easy to fade or fall, and can be applied repeatedly
  • Vivid artificial autumn leaves – Color realistic, these fall leaves are conducive to providing visual enjoyment and creating a warm atmosphere
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Use natural elements if you have them!  If there are still fall leaves in your area, ask the kids to help find some good ones.

(Check out How to Make Waxed Fall Leaves if you want to preserve the natural leaves and place cards for another time.)

Assemble Your Turkey Place Card

[Download Printable Project Sheet]
1. With your Sharpie marker, print your guest’s name on the right side of the card.  Then draw two turkey legs on the left.  The tops of the legs should be from the base of the card to about 3/4 of the way up.  Get creative with those skinny turkey legs!  Your turkey legs can be standing, kicking, or dancing.

2. Centered above your drawn turkey legs, glue your autumn leaf to resemble the turkey’s feathers. The edges of the leaf can extend beyond the top of the place card.

3. Glue two wiggle eyes and a chevron bead onto your big button to make the turkey’s face.

4. Glue the assembled turkey face centered on the leaf so that the tops of the legs are just below the face.

Use larger card stock to make cute homemade Thanksgiving greeting cards with these little gobblers on them.  Get creative and cover a card with a whole flock of these cute turkeys!

These fun little DIY Thanksgiving place cards are bound to solicit raving reviews and help your dinner guests find their place at the table.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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