DIY Thanksgiving Place Cards

Nov 07 2012
DIY Thanksgiving Place Cards

Guest Post Written by Sheena from Lilyshop

Thanksgiving is always a big holiday for my family and I back home in Florida. And even though this is my first Thanksgiving living in California away from all my family, I couldn't help but go a little crazy with some homemade decorations to help it feel like home. So if you by any chance are having Turkey Day dinner at your place, check out my simple, eye catching origami turkey place cards to help dress up your dinner table. So what are you waiting for? Give Thanksgiving your own personal touch this year with these handmade table accents!

Here are the step by step instructions to making your own turkey place card:

1.) Start with a 6 x 6 in. square sheet of paper
2.) Fold your piece of paper along one diagonal
3.) Then unfold it so there's just the crease  

4.) Now fold the lower right edge of the square into the crease as shown
5.) Then fold the lower left edge of the square into the crease
6.) Next, flip the paper over and map out your next folds with a marker as done in the photo

7.) Fold right side along the farthest right line you mapped out
8.) Now fold again along your remaining line so that the folded portion is right along the center crease
9.) Follow steps 7 and 8 exactly as you did on the right but now on the left


 10.) Your turkey should look like this so far 
11.) Now fold roughly the back third upwards to form the support for your tail. (The wider side) 
12.) Then fold the front third upwards as well. Last step for your base turkey is to fold a small 

      portion of the front third down to form your turkeys head.

 Now you've completed the base turkey for your place setting. However, if you're anything like me you'll want to add a little flair to your place card. I chose to use metallic gold construction paper to make mine, then armed myself with a brown and orange sharpie to color the little beak and eyes. I also wanted the tail to be really festive so I used one of our glitter leaves. This is a regular leaf painted with Mod Podge and glitter. Mix 2 parts Mod Podge to one part glitter and paint a thick coat on the leaf. Once it's dry, flip it over and paint the other side. These leaves keep forever with the Mod Podge! 

     Now to attach the leaf to my base turkey's tail, I simply used double sided scrapbooking tape.                           

    After my tail was attached, I grabbed myself a tag that I thought would look cute with the color scheme, and wrote the name of the person the setting is meant for (moms don't actually have a name besides mom, no matter how old you get)  ;) I used the same double sided tape to attach the name tag. 

 And Viola! There you have it! A festive origami place setting for your Thanksgiving dinner table!
Now all you have to do is repeat the steps so that everyone at
your table will be lucky enough to have one of your creations to enjoy for themselves :)  

~ Guest post by Sheena from Lilyshop ~
Let us know what you think in the comments below!

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Joy said:
13 November, 2012 - 10:37
You guys have the best ideas. This is adorable. Keep them coming. Love your blog.
ahlykat said:
7 November, 2012 - 20:51
I'm going to try these with left over wallpapers I've been cool. And the leaves! amazing...gotta go get me some good looking leaves.
daisy lu said:
7 November, 2012 - 20:49
omg these are so cute...thank you
Monica said:
7 November, 2012 - 15:07
So cute. I am going to do this!