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Place Cards Craft For Special Meals

Updated on May 19, 2016
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Place Cards Can Be Made To Coordinate With Your Table Or The Theme Of The Holiday
Place Cards Can Be Made To Coordinate With Your Table Or The Theme Of The Holiday | Source

Fast, Easy Place Cards For Your Thanksgiving Table


One way to show family and other guests how much you value their visit is to set a distinctive table for the meal you have invited them to enjoy. Setting a formal or even an artsy table speaks your love and care. Making individual name place cards is an easy craft that adds an extra-special touch.


Early Thanksgiving Placecards

For several reasons, part of our family visited a week earlier than Thanksgiving Day. Because everyone would be eating turkey in other locations the next week we decided to have roast beef with trimmings. Keeping the meal simple suited everyone, but we wanted to highlight the season with a festive table.

I simply photographed part of a Thanksgiving decoration from Hobby Lobby that had the words “Give Thanks” on it, and then positioned it on a postcard template for this project. However, a template is not necessary. The photograph could simply be placed on a document page.

Putting a textbox for each person’s name and a textbox for the menu beside the photograph allowed me to use decorative edge scissors to cut out the front of the place card. Mine needed to be a little bigger than the back piece. The back of the template allowed me to make a smaller card for the back. Arranging each of the chosen verses in the center of the textbox and choosing Old Copperfield for my font was quick work.

A computer is not necessary, though, since each one of these place cards could be hand made with all of the scrap booking and card making supplies that are readily available in so many stores. I actually had a printer glitch and wound up taking my project to the local Kinko's for quick printing!

Place Cards Add To Every Occasion

Dinnerware does not have to be fine china. It can be an eclectic mix of antique ware or even daily ware. Centerpieces and tablescapes will always stand the test of time, and decorative napkins and napkin rings are delightful whether they are traditional or imaginative.

Including place cards in your settings is an attractive and useful detail that often surprises and always delights diners at a nicely set table. You can include children in the process of making them, or print off elegant cards in a blink. Whatever your style, consider making cards that have a significant purpose.

We like to design cards that have the diners' names with a small menu, then inside or on the back we also add a Scripture verse that fits the occasion. At Christmas, for instance, the verses might include the prophecy of Jesus’ birth from Isaiah, as well as verses from Matthew or Luke’s record of the events.

A birthday celebration could have verses of blessing to each guest. Resurrection Sunday would have verses confirming our confidence in Christ's atoning work. Even patriotic holiday picnics can be enhanced with place cards because it is important for a family to be thankful for their national heritage.


Super SImple Supplies!
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Pictorial Instructions For Assembling Place Cards

First, some tips:

• Using either cardstock or regular weight paper is fine for this name place card project’s front and back pieces because the easel inside the place card is made of card stock.

• My measurements are not a rule. You may want to adjust measurements to suit your project.

• The front piece of this place card (the decorative photo, name, and menu) is 5 1/4” wide by 4” tall.

• The back piece (the verse) is 4 1/2” wide by 3 1/4 tall.

• The inside easel is 1 1/4” wide by 2 1/2” long. Be sure to use a coordinating color of card stock for this piece of the project.

• You will need decorative edge scissors, double faced tape, and the front, back, and easel pieces.


Mark The Top Of The Front And Back Pieces Of The Place Cards
Mark The Top Of The Front And Back Pieces Of The Place Cards | Source


1. About halfway down the back of the front piece lightly write “top” in the center of the back and draw an arrow beside the word “top” pointing to the top. Do the same with the back piece (the verse piece). In the photo my written "top" is a little high--thankfully not too high.

Place Card Easel Piece Should Be Folded In Half Lengthways.
Place Card Easel Piece Should Be Folded In Half Lengthways. | Source


2. Fold the easel piece in half lengthways, firmly creasing the fold.


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Double Faced Tape On One Side Of The Easel PiecePosition Easel Piece In The Center Of The Back Piece, Lining Up The Bottoms
Double Faced Tape On One Side Of The Easel Piece
Double Faced Tape On One Side Of The Easel Piece | Source
Position Easel Piece In The Center Of The Back Piece, Lining Up The Bottoms
Position Easel Piece In The Center Of The Back Piece, Lining Up The Bottoms | Source


3. Put a strip of double-faced tape on one side of the easel piece then position it in the center of the back piece, matching the open bottom with the back piece's bottom. Press in place.

Place Tape On The Easel Piece And Across Top Of The Back Piece
Place Tape On The Easel Piece And Across Top Of The Back Piece | Source


4. Place a strip of double-faced tape on the back of the verse piece, centering at the top, and on the easel’s up side.

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Center Back Piece On The Back Of The Front Piece, Lining Up Bottoms As In The Photo BelowLine Up The Bottoms
Center Back Piece On The Back Of The Front Piece, Lining Up Bottoms As In The Photo Below
Center Back Piece On The Back Of The Front Piece, Lining Up Bottoms As In The Photo Below | Source
Line Up The Bottoms
Line Up The Bottoms | Source

5. Center the verse piece on the taped easel piece, holding the taped top up until the bottoms are evenly placed. Press top in place.

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Store Flat | Source


6. Store flat until you are ready to use your name place cards.

Coordinate A Place Card With Your Table Setting For An Extra-Special Touch Of Love
Coordinate A Place Card With Your Table Setting For An Extra-Special Touch Of Love | Source


7. Stand in plates for use before giving thanks.






A from-the-back peek at the easel taped inside the place card.
A from-the-back peek at the easel taped inside the place card. | Source


8. A view of the easel taped inside the place card front and back pieces.








Before giving thanks for our meal, each person read their verse out loud. It was a simple, but precious few minutes.

We chose the following verses for our place cards:


I bow down and give thanks to Your Name for Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness, for You have exalted Your name and Your Word above all things. Psalm 138:2


It is good to give thanks to the LORD, to sing praises to Your Name, O Most High; to declare Your steadfast love in the morning and Your faithfulness by night. Psalm 92:1


Praise the LORD! For it is good to sing praises to our God; a song of praise is fitting. Psalm 147:1


I will praise the Name of God with a song; I will magnify Him with thanksgiving! Psalm 69:30


Through Jesus let us continually offer a sacrifice of praise to God, that is, the fruit of lips that acknowledge His Name. Hebrews 13:15


The LORD is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart rejoices, and with my song I give thanks to Him. Psalm 28:7


I will give to the LORD the thanks due to His righteousness, and I will sing praise to the name of the LORD, the Most High. Psalm 7:17


From the throne came a voice saying, “Praise our God, all you His servants, you who fear Him, small and great. Revelation 19:5



Just for Fun: A Place for Everybody, Everybody in Their Place!

Now that I think of it, I wish I had created a bottom for the easel this time and taped a nice mint candy inside it. At least you can do that now! :)

Most of the time our guests like their name place cards with verses so much that they want to take them home at the end of the evening. That, of course, makes us very happy!



Can't You See Turning This Into A Place Card?

This Turkey Deserves His Own Place Card:

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      formosangirl:

      Glad you like this project hub. :) Thanks very much for stopping by and commenting! Have a safe and happy New Year's weekend!

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      formosangirl 5 years ago from Los Angeles

      RTalloni, what a great idea, and guests have a pretty place card to take home and display.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Millionaire Tips:

      Thanks much for the positive input--I appreciate that you came by and let me hear from you! Hope you get to enjoy using this idea some time.

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      Shasta Matova 5 years ago from USA

      These are a great idea RT. And great that you included step by step directions. Pretty finished design too. Voted up.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      RedElf:

      Thanks kindly--hope we get to see some samples of your work. Have a lovely Christmas Eve!

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      RedElf 5 years ago from Canada

      Love your icon, and loved the wonderful, creative placemats. Of course, I shall have to make some now, as I have "itchy scissor fingers." Thanks for this fun hub!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      chspublish:

      So glad you enjoyed this hub. I hope you have a wonderful time helping put the Christmas dinner together and that your project goes really well. Let us read about it and see photos in a new hub. :)

      Appreciate hearing from you!

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      chspublish 5 years ago from Ireland

      Hi RTalloni, I love your very practical approach to entering into the spirit of the festive season. It's a real reminder of what is important.

      I'll be helping some people out this Christmas with the preparing of the festive dinner, so I will make an effort to take some of your ideas here and put into use. I know the people will be very appreciative of the 'handmade' effort. And that to me, as you know, is what counts.

      So your hub is a very complementary source for the season of 'good will'.

      Thank you.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Jennifer Mullett:

      Thank you!

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      Jennifer Mullett 5 years ago from Canada

      Nice tutorial!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Peggy W:

      Thanks very much! I admire those who can do the calligraphy for place cards, and I would love to learn that craft. As it is, my computer fills the gap. I can do a very simple decorative name, but even my simple calligraphy doesn't do the job for a menu and verse.

      So appreciate your visit and kind comments!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      This is an amazing idea! I have used calligraphy for the names on place cards at some of our dinner parties...but this idea goes much further. Your guests must feel so special with all of the time and effort that you put into creating yours. Beautiful table setting by the way! Voted up, useful and beautiful.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      thougtforce:

      Thanks kindly! I'm so glad you liked the idea, and I appreciate your input very much!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      ktrapp:

      So sorry I didn't get it posted earlier than I did! Maybe you can try it out for your family's Christmas Breakfast. :)

      Thank you very much for coming by and for letting me hear from you. Trust you had a lovely Thanksgiving!

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      Christina Lornemark 5 years ago from Sweden

      Place cards like you have done them are a wonderful idea. The guests must feel very welcome! Bookmarked, voted up, useful

      Tina

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      I wish I saw this hub a few days ago; it would have been a terrific final touch to our Thanksgiving dinner table. I definitely am going to do this next time I host Thanksgiving or modify it for other occassions. ~voted up and useful!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      carriethomson:

      Thanks kindly! The cards are indeed easy to make, and there are several other ways to put them together. Simply using a flat postcard style for a quick place card or folding a quarter sheet of card stock and using stamps for the design are just a starting point for the neat ways to make them.

      We had our large holiday meal last week, but I saved my husband's and mine to use on our "lonely" table today. They will help us remember our fun time with family last week as we eat our traditional Thanksgiving meal. Then we must go separate ways in order to take care of family in various locations--an odd season of life...

      I appreciate your visit and vote very much!

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      carriethomson 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Hi Rtalloni!! it is such a lovely idea and the cards seem to be pretty easy to make! voted up!

      carrie

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Movie Master:

      So glad you like the idea of this craft. I remember the first time I did it I wondered how everyone would like it, but they always love it. Taking a little keepsake home with them with a Scripture verse on it is something they find to be a blessing.

      Very much appreciate that you came by and let me hear from you!

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      Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

      Place cards are a lovely idea, not something I have ever thought of doing.

      Your step by step guide and pictures are excellent.

      This is a wonderful hub, I have bookmarked it and am voting up, awesome and useful, thank you.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      ChaplinSpeaks:

      Thank you--so glad you like the project.

      I appreciate your visit, your comments very much!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Giselle Maine:

      Thanks so much for your encouraging comment! I'm not really confident in creating "how to" hubs--enough detail as opposed to too much is a fine line sometimes.

      So glad you like this project and I hope you get to do the craft soon!

      Appreciate your visit!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Dolores Monet:

      So glad you like the idea of this craft. I enjoy doing it, and the responses we get from guests fits the truth behind the quote "blessing them blessed us."

      Thank you for stopping in with your comments!

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      Sarah Johnson 5 years ago from Charleston, South Carolina

      I love that the placecards are much more than a name! Beautiful. A big vote up!

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      Dolores Monet 5 years ago from East Coast, United States

      I love the place card idea and voted it up - and the individual thanks on each card is a lovely addition. Also like simple crafts like this, one that we all can do, a little something that's not only fun but lets your guests know that you care about them.

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      Giselle Maine 5 years ago

      Hello R Talloni. I absolutely loved this hub! I have bookmarked it and Voted Up, beautiful awesome and interesting. Your photos were very helpful in showing exactly how to make these place cards. Although we are not hosting Thanksgiving or Christmas this year, I know that when we do host I will be using your place card idea. Actually these could work just as well for other dinner parties during the year.

      These place cards are so beautiful and most importantly, meaningful (in addition to their obvious function of indicating the seating plan). I also liked your helpful pre-selections of Bible verses for Thanksgiving.