Not Just Any Place Cards

Ever since I was a kid, one of my favorite things to do at Thanksgiving time was to make the name tags and place setting for all of the guests that were going to dine with us on Thanksgiving Day.  My ideas have come along ways since the piece of paper folded in half with a name scribbled in crayon, and I wanted to share some with you today!

Let me start by saying I had TWO idea in my head, and I couldn't decide which I liked more, so I made them both.

Since Mason jars seem to be a hot trend right now, and die cutting, too, I decided I wanted to die cut some names from paper and use the jar as the place holder.

I simply wrapped the jar with a piece of muslin cut to size.  Double sided tape or just a tape runner acts as a great adhesive for the fabric on the jar.  

Then I cut my names from strips of patterned paper using my die cutting machine.  I thought the woodgrain from the Splendor collection was a perfect pattern for fall.  Again, I used double sided tape to wrap my name strips.
Then I tied a whole bunch of twine around the top of the jar and decorated with some leaves that I cut from my die cutting machine, too.

I also made a simple napkin ring from a paper towel tube covered with paper.  I tied some twine around the ring, too, and decorated with a matching leaf.

You can fill the jars with anything...candy, leaves, acorns, or a candle like I did here.  I thought the light shining through the name on the jar would be so pretty!  Or you could leave them empty and at dinner time have everyone write something they are thankful for about each person and put it in their jar!

Now I said I had two idea in mind, and here is the other.  I used some labels from the Labels and Tags sheet from the Splendor collection for the label on the jar.  I added the name of the person on the label, use twine and different colored leaves, and filled the jar with some decorative grass stems (that I actually picked from my mother's garden  :)  ).  A slight difference from the first, but I love the way this one looked, too!

So grab some mason jars, some twine, and some natural elements, along with some pieces of fall patterned paper and decorate those jars for your table this Thanksgiving!

mason jars, twine, paper towel tube
GCD Studios Papers:
Splendor-"Heirloom" 1678, "Pink Floral" 1682, "Letter Tiles" 1680, "Labels & Tags" 1679

Audrey Yeager GCD Studios DT, 2012 GCD Studios Layout Gal


  1. Love these Audrey. Wonderful ideas!

  2. Audrey, these are gorgeous! I love the leaves! I may just use this for my Thanksgiving table this year!