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Cute as a DIY Pumpkin: Top Your Table with This 3-D Place Card

This simple but stunning paper pumpkin is the perfect thing to place on your fall table. They can also be stored away and reused every year, which is always a good thing. We switched up the usual orange, brown, and red Thanksgiving color scheme with a minimal color palette that presents a modern and more elegant spin on the holiday, but feel free to experiment with your own colors!

DIY Pumpkin Place Card FINAL
Paper pumpkin place card.

Thanksgiving is perhaps the biggest holiday of the year to gather your friends and family around your table and simply feast. But it’s not just about the food. Thanksgiving traditionally celebrates the end of the year’s harvest with thankfulness of the bounty you were blessed with. A cornucopia of seasonal produce -- gourds, corn, apples, pumpkins, etc. -- is a traditional part of Thanksgiving decor. But that doesn’t mean you’re stuck with garish, corny decor. We’ve translated this time-honored tradition into a gorgeous place card and keepsake that artfully garnishes each plate with seasonal splendor. Here's how to make your own.

DIY Pumpkin Place Card Tools

Materials

  • Paper
  • Hot glue gun
  • Glue sticks
  • Scissors and craft knife
  • Bone folder
  • Pencil and gold pen (or any color you’d like)
  • Ruler
DIY Pumpkin Place Card Step 1

Step 1:

We love that pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes. So what you choose is up to you. Start by creating a silhouette of the pumpkin you want to use as your pattern. Cut out 14 shapes and one leaf per each pumpkin you’ll be making.

DIY Pumpkin Place Card Step 2

Step 2:

Using the bone folder, fold each of the segments of the pumpkin in half. Next, use your glue stick to glue them together back to back in a stack. Connect the first page to the last for the round shape and equally space out all of the segments.

DIY Pumpkin Place Card Step 3

Step 3:

Next you’ll craft the remaining components for your pumpkin. Cut a piece of paper approximately 1 inch by 2 inches and roll tightly to form the stem. Cut a thin strip of paper and wrap it around your pencil into a tight spiral to make the curling tendrils that spring off the pumpkin’s stem. Then add your guest’s name to the leaf with gold ink and attach a 3-by-1/8-inch stem to the back. 

DIY Pumpkin Place Card Step 4

Step 4:

Finally, use your glue gun to assemble all the pieces together. Glue the tendril and leaf to the stem and attach the stem to your pumpkin.

 

And that's it! Decorate your table with these gourd-geous place cards!

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