Fall Craft: Thanksgiving Place Settings

Bring nature to the table this year with these harvest-inspired miniature gardens.

The Finishing Touch

The Finishing Touch

Your guests are sure to go nuts over these sweet place settings.

Your guests are sure to go nuts over these sweet place settings.

Whenever I am the hostess for the holidays, it is not uncommon for my guests to bring me gifts, bottles of wine, or even an apple pie. But whenever I host, I love giving a little something to my guests to take home too. A great way to do this is with a personalized place setting.

Whenever I am out and about on my daily adventures, I am always looking for deals on vessels that would work nicely for the holiday place settings. I love scouring flea markets, thrift stores and tag sales. At the last flea market I attended, I found these amber glass dessert cups. I bought all 12 for only $20! The amber color would surely pop on my Thanksgiving table. You can get creative with the planting vessels. Try using terra cotta pots, tea cups, flower pots or canning jars. Trying out all the possibilities and combinations is half the fun.


  • Vessels
  • Cardboard
  • Squirrel template (see below gallery)
  • Pen or pencil
  • Chalkboard spray paint
  • Chalkboard marker
  • Potting soil
  • Succulents or miniature plants
  • Moss
  • Miniature gourd or pumpkin

Take a peek at the gallery below for all of the instructions including the printable squirrel template.

Place Cards Step-by-Step

See All Photos

Fall Inspired Place Setting

Give thanks to nature's beauty with these beautiful garden-themed table place settings.

Seek Inspiration

Try using terra-cotta pots, dessert dishes, mason jars or tea cups—whatever you have on hand—for your place setting vessels.

Gather Your Supplies

You will need: This Squirrel template/Cardboard/Vessels/Potting soil/Moss/Succulents/Mini Gourds/Newspaper/Chalkboard spray paint/Chalkboard Marker/Scissors

Squirrel Template

Print out a copy of the template and enlarge it so that it is approximately three inches from the tip of the nose to the back of the tail. Trace it onto cardboard and cut it out. Make one for each of your guests.

Painted Squirrels

In a well-ventilated area, spread out newspaper and spray your cardboard squirrels with chalkboard paint. Allow them to dry.

Add Dirt

Fill each vessel with potting soil.

Add Life

Plant a few succulents on the edge of the vessel.

Moss Filling

Cover the remaining soil in the vessel with moss.

Gourd Topper

Place a gourd in the center of the arrangement.

The Finishing Touch

With the chalkboard marker, add the guest names to the squirrels, then tuck them into the place settings. These can be made a few days ahead of your get together.

Next Up

Thanksgiving Place Card and Party Favor

How about a little pheasant to go with your turkey this Thanksgiving? These cute fellas are easy to make and act as both a place card and party favor your guests can take with them.

Easy-to-Craft Fall Leaf Centerpiece

Looking for an inexpensive, seasonal centerpiece that will last through the fall? All you need is some patterned scrapbook paper, twine, glitter spray and a few branches from your backyard.

Festive Fall Tablescape

Add a festive fall touch to your Thanksgiving with these easy-to-create decorations.

Fall Craft: A Giving Tree

Welcome Thanksgiving guests to your table with a tree that celebrates being thankful and the spirit of giving.

Easy Thanksgiving Craft: Tabletop Trivets

Beauty and function come together in these simple and rustic trivets made from wood cross-sections.

Making a Leafy Thanksgiving Invite

Gather friends and family to feast with a stylish but simple-to-create invitation.

15 YouTube Videos to Watch for the Best Thanksgiving Table Ideas

Wow your holiday guests with these unique Thanksgiving table decor ideas straight from the depths of YouTube.

Sophisticated Thanksgiving Invitation

Set a formal tone for your celebration with this elegant example of stationery.

Thanksgiving Kids' Craft: Turkey Cupcakes

Kids of all ages will have a blast using candy and frosting to dress up plain cupcakes to resemble cute Thanksgiving turkeys. Make these treats a day before the big feast or make decorating the cupcakes part of your Turkey Day festivities.

Thanksgiving Kids' Craft: Foam Turkeys

Foam balls, googly eyes, paint and colorful paper straws are all you need to help kids craft these cute turkey decorations for Thanksgiving.

Shop This Look

Found a living space you love in HGTV's Photo Library? Get the look in your own home with products from Wayfair.

Follow Us Everywhere

Join the party! Don't miss HGTV in your favorite social media feeds.