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There are so many different place card ideas that you can make that are cheap and cute. I used my Cricut to make personalized Thanksgiving place cards.
Creating a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. One of the easiest ways to save money is to make your own Thanksgiving place cards.
I had fun using different tips and pens in my Cricut and wanted to share with you some of the differences with these place card ideas. I also used several different materials to see which one I liked better. I’d love to know your thoughts too!
Materials Needed for DIY Place Cards
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- Cricut cutting machine – always check prices between Cricut.com and Amazon (click links to compare!) To use the debossing tip you’ll need a Cricut Maker.
- Material of your choice – I used cardstock, faux leather, metallic posterboard, and kraft board
- Cricut Pens or chalk markers
- Debossing tip (optional for Cricut Maker)
- Tape runner
Designing Thanksgiving Place Cards
I used two different images that are free in Cricut Design Space. You can access my project here.
You can see on the layers panel on the right whether it says Fine Deboss or Draw. You can duplicate the image you want so you have the number for each guest.
The top two images use the fine debossing tip and a Cricut Maker. The bottom two use a marker/pen.
Click on Text on the left-hand panel. Choose the font you want and type in the name. From the Linetype drop-down menu, choose draw if you are using pens or deboss if you are using the debossing tip.
If you are using a script font, once you have the letters where you want them click on “weld”. Use your cursor to put the image and text in a box together and click “attach” so all the layers are attached back together.
Continue for every place card you have. Make sure every image and name is attached.
Make sure to save your file and then click Make It.
Cutting Out DIY Place Cards
Choose the material you want to cut and apply it to your mat. Choose the same material in your drop-down menu of CDS. CDS will prompt you to insert a pen/marker or the fine debossing tip depending on which Thanksgiving place cards you are cutting out.
I tried a bunch of different materials because I wanted to see how the fine debossing tip worked on different materials and to see which look I liked best. I’d love to hear your thoughts!
For Both Explore Family and Maker:
I tried a few different markers and different materials. The first was regular cardstock with a black marker.
The Cricut draws around the outside of the letters. You can leave them like this or color them when.
I then cut out faux leather and a gold tip marker.
Again, you can leave it this way or color the inside of the letters in.
I love how it turned out!
For Cricut Maker only:
I tried both kraft board and posterboard with the fine debossing tip (new part of Cricut Maker blades!) and they both came out gorgeous.
I also tried it on faux leather which was a flop. The fine debossing tip only works well on real leather. You can barely see the name debossed.
Assembling the Table Name Cards
Now on to the simple part! I used a bag of cheap plastic napkin rings I got from the Dollar Tree. You could also cut a toilet paper or paper towel roll in slices.
Apply some double-sided tape to the back of your Thanksgiving place cards and push the napkin ring down on it.
That’s all there is to it! Insert a napkin and place them in the center of a plate or on the side.
If you’d like to save this idea for later, simply hover over the top left of the image below and PIN It now!
Thanks so much for stopping by. Please comment below with any questions.
Have a creative day,