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Thursday, November 17, 2011

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Place Card Holders

Need some place cards on your Thanksgiving table?

These little pumpkins are made from a Dollar Store blanket!
They're a quick, no sew craft that you can whip up in no time.

I found this orange fleece blanket in the baby aisle of the Dollar Store.
The color was perfect for pumpkins!

(Any orange fabric you might already have will work too.)

Using a circle shape like a plate, container or (in my case) a ribbon spool,
trace the circle onto the fabric.
(My circle measured about 5 inches across, but you could do any size.)
Cut out the circle.

In the center of the circle, add about 1/4 cup of dried beans (also from the Dollar Store),
and a few of the leftover scraps from cutting the circle out.

Take a cinnamon stick
(couldn't find these at the Dollar Store, found them at JoAnns.)
Snap cinnamon stick to the desired length.
Place the stick straight up in the middle of the circle.
Gather the material around the stick and secure with a rubber band.
(See, I told sewing!)

Find some wide, green ribbon.  Mine was leftover from this past project.
Using a glue gun, hot glue the ribbon around the cinnamon stick.
Start in the back and work your way around to the front.
Glue the ribbon to cover the rubber band and the orange edges that are sticking out. 

Press firmly and patient. 
It will need to be scrunched up a bit to cover everything.
Tie ends in a knot.

Now, you could just set these cute little pumpkins around the table,
add a bit of wire to make a place card.

Use a green lightweight wire (found at any craft store),
and wrap the end a few times around a fat marker.

Trim wire to the desired height and stick into the cinnamon stick stem.
The wire just stays inside the cinnamon glue needed.

Add a name card...and you're finished.

Just the perfect touch for the Thanksgiving table!


  1. These are just gorgeous! I love seeing how you made them. Thanks for sharing
    Visiting from Whipperberry

  2. Wow! These are so cute! I'm so impressed that you thought to use a dollar store blanket, brilliant idea! :)

  3. Those are SO cute!!! I Love it seriously!! Nice score from the dollar store too! :)

  4. Wow! Saw your post from Whipperberry linky party - this is a fabulous idea. Love it!

  5. Adorable Michelle! To cute! I may have to make those in my class next year! Love it!

  6. So lovin' this! I would have never thought to use the blankets! I would love for you to share these at our Home for the Holidays link party. They are awesome!

  7. This is such an adorable idea!!!

  8. Oh my goodness, those are just adorable!

  9. I love dollar store crafts, and this one's cuteness is off the chart! Thanks for stopping by my blog the other day! :)

  10. These are adorable!! I shared it on my crafty facebook page : )
    Jaimee @

  11. oh. my. goodness! Those are toooo adorable!! I made the bigger version of a no-sew pumpkin back in October, but I love these mini ones as placecards! The cinnamon stick is a cute touch, and they would look SO cute on the table. If we hadn't just made turkey placecards, I'd so be doing this! Pinning it anyway for next year! Would you share this here?

  12. Hi Michelle, these are so adorable. It's amazing what you can pick up at the Dollar Store. That's almost my second home, LOL Thanks for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following. I would love it if you would pop on over to mine also and perhaps you would like to follow me too. I would love that. Hugs, Chris

  13. Hi Michelle! Thanks so much for this idea. We made these at our girls Mary Kay/Holiday party today. Everyone loved them! I posted about them here-

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