Every Thanksgiving, I encourage my son to spend some time crafting something special for the Thanksgiving table. He has made apple printed napkins, pine cone turkey centerpieces and floral arrangements. This year we really wanted to utilize the corks we have saved over the past year - so we started brainstorming fun crafts. We decided to use the corks along with a handful of other supplies from the recycling bin and craft closet to make turkey inspired place cards.
This project is super simple and will keep your child busy Thanksgiving morning while you are cooking, baking, cleaning and getting ready for the big day. At the end of the project your child will have these fun colorful place cards to offer as their part of the Thanksgiving table decor. Then, as your guests leave after the feast, they can take their turkeys home with them as a memento of a cherished day together. Read on for the simple instructions on how to make these upcycled wine cork turkey inspired place card holders for the Thanksgiving table.
Step 1: Gather the Supplies
- scrap paper
Step 2: Cut the Cork
Choose a selection of corks that balance well standing up. Then an adult should carefully use a knife to cut a slit in the top of the cork deep enough to hold the place card.
Step 3: Cut the Feathers
Let your child cut the scrap paper into a variety of feathers. We laid ours out on the table as we cut them to decide how many feathers we thought each place card would need.
Step 4: Cut the Place Card
Use a scrap piece of paper and write your guest’s name on it, then position it to fit into the cork, cutting off any excess.
Step 4: Glue the Feathers
Glue the feathers into place, arranging them into a colorful display akin to a turkey’s plumage.
Step 5: Set the Table and Enjoy!
Place a turkey inspired place-card at each setting at the Thanksgiving table and watch your child delight in telling your guests all about them.