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Kid-Friendly DIY Thanksgiving Place Cards

Every child loves to see their name on a place card - it makes them feel included and makes the whole dinner experience one to remember. Now imagine how excited they will be when they get to create their own place cards to show off?!

This turkey card is so simple and inexpensive, so have your young crafters make one one for each guest at the table! A younger toddler will need assistance from a grown up or an older child, however my 4 year old found this craft very simple to master on his own, needing help only with the writing his name. To keep the cost of this craft down, reach for scraps of paper or hunt the discount bins at your local craft paper for solid colors.

  • Various sheets of decorated or plain crafting paper cut into oval shapes.
  • A turkey body cut from brown crafting paper for each place card.
  • A traditional white place card or folded white craft paper for each place card that is big enough to accommodate the feathered turkey.
  • A brown pen

Step 1: Cut the crafting paper into ovals, allowing for 4-5 ovals per place card.

Step 2: Trace or draw a turkey shape and cut out a turkey body for each place card.

Step 3: Apply glue to the underside of the turkey body and press an oval to the glue, continuing this until all the feathers (ovals) are applied.

Step 4: Add more glue if needed to the back of the turkey and then press it to the front of the place card.

Step 5: Draw the turkey legs, eyes, and beak and then write the guest name on the belly of the turkey. Allow 5 minutes to dry before placing upright in front of the place setting.

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Jennifer Geddes
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Jennifer Kelly Geddes has hosted Christmas cookie swaps, New Year's open houses, Thanksgiving for 22, and all manner of dinner parties in her Manhattan and Ghent, NY homes.

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