This is an easy craft project. This project is simple. It also makes for a pretty table on Thanksgiving. Try to match the place settings or centerpiece with the stamp you use. If you are a crafter, you probably have all the necessary supplies. The place cards were 12 for $1.99, the stamp was $3.99, and the ink pad was $2.99. I bought the ink pad on sale. Everything else I had. Check your craft closet before you go, you may have something that will work. A place card holder is not necessary. Most place cards stand up on there own.
Blank white Place cards
Pens (pigma, paint, fine point ball, or gel)
Ink pads (orange, green)
Blank paper, to cover work area and act as a blotter
Paint ( orange, green)
2 fine paint brushes
Small alphabet stamps (optional)
1. Draw a light pencil line on the center of the card. This line is to insure a level area for the name.
2. In the bottom left hand corner, carefully press the pumpkin stamp, using black ink. Be careful not to use too much ink. If you do it may smear. Blot the stamp on the blank paper to practice.
3. Using the alphabet stamps, stamp the name on the line. You may also hand write it. Carefully erase the line.
4. Draw a black vine along the bottom edge, near the pumpkin. Add simple leaves to the vine.
5. Allow all ink to dry. Maybe 10 minutes, it depends on how much ink you used.
6. With a paintbrush, paint the pumpkin orange. Leaving a little white adds texture and interest.
7. Using the other paintbrush, paint the leaves green.
8. Set aside to dry.
Now your project is finished.
If you are interested in a kid friendly version, try thumb printing. Ed Emberley has a wonderful book called, Ed Emberley’s Complete Fun Print Drawing Book. Using a thumb, a child can make pumpkins, pilgrims, and Indians.
Blank white place cards
Pen, to write names
Ink Pads ( orange)
1. Have the child write the name in the center of the card.
2. On the bottom of the card make orange thumb prints. Allow to dry.
3. Using a pen, draw faces on the thumb prints. Allow to dry.
Both projects are easy and inexpensive. The kid version is a great activity to keep them busy during Thanksgiving break. When the table is set for Thanksgiving dinner, the place cards will sit on each plate. It takes the confusion out of who will sit where.