Embroidered Leaf Place Cards
Guide Thanksgiving guests to their seats — and give little hands a fun project in the days beforehand — with easy embroidered table cards. Stitch each name onto a sturdy leaf (these are magnolia), and let nature's paper spruce up the feast.
Photography: Chelsea McNamara Cavanaugh
Source: Martha Stewart
The thick thread and plastic needle used in this project make it great for kids; with a little parental guidance, they'll sew like pros.
Set leaves upside down on a work surface, with their midribs and veins facing up. Write guests' names (in simple block letters) on the leaves in gold marker.
Thread a plastic needle, and go over the names in a basic back-stitch (with the stitches overlapping slightly). Let the leaves dry for a few days so they get crisp.