How to Make Cute Turkey-Themed Thanksgiving Place Cards


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 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

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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