DIY Gold Leaf Place Card

2 Easy DIYs for the Thanksgiving Table

Written by Megan Bailey of Sweet Little Peanut for Building Blocks.


Creating a gorgeous table setting for your guests is actually much easier than it looks. As I mentioned in our feature last week on stunning centerpiece ideas, Thanksgiving is all about spending time around the dinner table so including a few beautiful (and easy!) decorating ideas is key. Today I’m going to share two more DIY projects that are simple to re-create and work perfectly with the adults’ and kids’ tables.


Whenever I’m planning a table design for a party or holiday, I always love to bring a little personalization to the table to make my guests feel special and welcome. You can easily do this by creating unique place cards.


For our Thanksgiving table I wanted to do something more unexpected then a typical paper place card so I decided to use spray painted maple leaves for the perfect fall touch. A quick coat of metallic gold spray paint can transform any simple object into a fancy décor piece and we decided to finish off each leaf with a delicately scripted name in white pen.

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For the kid’s table, I created a DIY “thankful” placemat that each little party guest could interact with. Natural kraft paper works great for a rustic celebration, but you can use any colored paper or card stock that you like. Using the same white pen as our place cards, write a simple “Thankful For” title and blank list along the right side of the sheet. These make a great pre-dinner activity to do with your kiddos and you can talk about all the things they are thankful for — from family and food to toys or pets!

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I hope you liked these two simple DIY ideas! Check back again next week because I will be sharing an amazing and unexpected recipe that will definitely become a new favorite on your Thanksgiving dinner menu.


Photography by Becky Kimball
Floral design by Studio Stems

Kid’s Table: plates, utensils, tumblers, table runner and decor from Pottery Barn Kids
Adult’s Table: plates, mercury glass pumpkins, table runner, napkins, candles and glassware from Pottery Barn
Gold flatware from West Elm

You are so talented! I’m wondering what kind of white pen you used to write on the leaf… and where do you get one? This would be so perfect at our Thanksgiving table this year-

Hi Jan,

The white pen we used is made by Uniball and we found it at our local Paper Source store. I’m sure you can also find it at most craft/office supply stores. Hope that helps and thank you!

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