I know what you’re thinking. Why is she writing about a Thanksgiving craft after Thanksgiving? The answer is simple. I found these amusing place cards to be so much fun to make and so adorable on our table that I’ve thought of ways you can apply the method I used to create darling decorations for other holidays and celebrations. All I did was get origami paper, and fold it accordion style. Then, I folded the accordion in half and glued one half to the other to create a fan. Next, I attached an adhesive foam gourd to the fan, and hot glued googly eyes and a triangle (that I cut from card stock) to create the face. Finally, I hot glued a mini clothespin to the back, so that I could clip the name tag (which I printed for free online) and a paper napkin folded to form a triangle.
You could nix the gourd sticker and just make the fans using paper that illustrates your theme or party colors to adapt this project for another dinner. For the holidays, you could use foam stickers with holiday shapes – Santa’s face, an elf’s face, a snowman, a wreath, etc. You could get really creative, and glue photos of your guest’s faces on the fan. Then, you wouldn’t have to even attach tags with their names. These fans are truly versatile and you can use them as decorations rather than place cards, too. It’s up to you and your imagination.