20 (Practically Free!) Thanksgiving Dinner Place Card Ideas

Steer guests to their seats in style with these DIY place cards.

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Pretty place cards are the cherry on top of a truly beautiful Thanksgiving table, but they don't have to take a ton of time or money. More friendly than formal, our affordable or free Thanksgiving place cards celebrate backyard bounty. From leaf-shaped place markers to pumpkin designs, these printable Thanksgiving place cards speak for themselves, so you can save your energy for the dinner menu!

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Bless'er House
Free Leaf Thanksgiving Place Cards

Print this design onto parchment paper for delicate leaf-shaped markers that don't cost a thing.

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Pumpkin Thanksgiving Place Card

Tags punched from salt dough and tied to pumpkins double as Thanksgiving favors.

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Josh Gruetzmacher
Pomegranate Place Card

Calligraphed pomegranates (real or faux) are a fresh twist on the traditional pumpkins. designed these pretty place card alternatives for a fall wedding, but they'd work just as well for Thanksgiving.

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Sawdust Angel
Wood Slice Thanksgiving Place Cards

When adorned with each guest's name, simple wood slices become beautiful rustic place cards for Thanksgiving dinner.

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Paul Costello
Fall Leaf

Use a colorful calligraphy pen to write each guest's name on a leaf gathered from your backyard.

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Mikkel Vang
Wire Holder

"Loop wire around a bottle to form a card holder, then pop in a mini-bouquet," says stylist .

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Mikkel Vang
Backyard Bounty

For major woodland charm, stylist suggests tying a tag to a bundle of twigs.

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Mikkel Vang
Potted-Fern Cloche

"Evoke the romance of a cloche by placing a potted fern (inscribed with a Sharpie) under a glass," Carol Endler Sterbenz, author of , tells us.

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Mikkel Vang
Paint Swatch

Stylist 's go-to trick couldn't be any easier to replicate. Just inscribe swatches in your color scheme.

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Mikkel Vang
Framed Photo

"Hit T.J. Maxx for frames and stick snapshots of guests inside," contributing editor Andrea Greco shares. "Facebook is great for this!"

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Mikkel Vang
Spool Photo-Stand

Spools with slits sawed into the top make unique place cards, Jessica Marquez, author of says.

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Mikkel Vang
Colorful Leaf

"Leaves in brilliant autumn shades stand on their own—just grab a pen," notes Julie Murphy, owner of stationery.

Plus: See inside Julie's colonial-era cottage in Connecticut »

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Mikkel Vang
Paint-Dipped Pinecone

When dipped in white paint, pinecones take on a more modern appeal, explain the designers behind , Shauna Alterio and Stephen Loidolt.

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Rosemary Wreath

These perfectly circular wreaths will give your Thanksgiving table an elegant touch.

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Customizable Napkin Holders

For a simple and inexpensive option, try these place cards printed on card stock.

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Earthy Elements

If you're a fan of earthy elements, you'll love this DIY place card idea.

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Glitter Top Pumpkin Place Cards

With just a little bit of glue and glitter, you can spruce up mini pumpkins to make adorable table place cards.

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Burlap Leaf Place Cards

These festive place cards aren't just for Thanksgiving: Use them for dinners during the entire fall season.

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Golden Feathers

Warm up your dinner table with this wheat- and gold-inspired palette.

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Pumpkins

These petite pumpkin holders are too cute.

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