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4 Thrifty Thanksgiving Place Setting Ideas

By Rachel

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Last Updated on November 12, 2021 by Mitch

Thanksgiving is such a beautiful time. I want to share with you 4 thrifty Thanksgiving place setting ideas to make your guests feel extra special!

Before getting into the Christmas season, there is a holiday that often gets overlooked. Thanksgiving is a special time to reflect on what it means to be grateful. It’s a time of gathering and fellowship and focusing on all that is good. If you are looking for some simple and budget friendly place settings for your Thanksgiving table, follow along as I show to 4 thrifty Thanksgiving place setting ideas and the materials needed for each. I hope these bring you some inspiration!

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1. White Pumpkins

a mini white pumpkin

Materials Needed

The first idea is to use small white pumpkins. I picked up a handful of these pumpkins about a month ago for $1 each to use in my outdoor fall display. This is a great way to use them before they turn rotten!
Here are the steps for using a white pumpkin to create a place setting.

  1. Use a damp paper towel to wash off the outside to remove any dirt.
  2. Write each person’s name using either a Sharpie or a paint pen. Try and write the names a little higher up than the middle of the pumpkin. If you write the name too low it might be difficult to see once it is set on the table.
    DIY White pumpkin place setting with ribbon
  3. Tie a fall ribbon around the stem. You could use a pattern, such as plaid, or try a neutral such as a creamy white.
  4. Place one pumpkin at each guest’s table spot for a festive feel!
    DIY Thanksgiving place setting

2. Wooden Spoons

wooden spoons for a Thanksgiving place setting DIY

Materials Needed

The second place setting idea is to use wooden spoons! This is a unique and inexpensive way to create place settings for each guest. I actually found these two spoons at the thrift store for .79 cents each! For a thrifty budget, check your local dollar store or thrift store for wooden spoons.
Here are the steps needed to create them.

  1. Use a damp rag to clean off each spoon. Let them dry completely.
  2. You can now either choose to keep them raw wood tone or spray paint them.
    spray paint wooden spoon white for Thanksgiving DIY
    If you would like to paint them, you will need an old towel or something to put under the spoons. Lightly spray each spoon with white paint and let them dry. Continue this process until you have the desired coverage of paint.
    Thanksgiving DIY with wooden spoon
  3. Then, write each guest’s name on the spoon. For ease, I flipped the spoon over and wrote on the flat side. Tip:If you are limited on space at your table, you can cut the spoons down to a shorter length using a hand saw.
    DIY Thanksgiving wooden spoon place setting
  4. Tie on a fall ribbon and you have a cute place setting!
    DIY Thanksgiving place setting with wooden spoon

3. Miniature Chalkboards

Materials Needed

miniature chalkboards for Thanksgiving place settings

This idea is super simple. You can find these little chalkboards with stands at the dollar store or on Amazon. They come in packs so order enough for each guest. All you need to do is write each guest’s name on the chalkboard and use the stand to set it at each table spot.

miniature chalkboard as Thanksgiving place setting

4. Faux Pumpkins

orange faux pumpkin

Materials Needed

You can find inexpensive faux pumpkins at any craft supply store, on Amazon, or Target. The ribbon that I used for this idea is actually from the dollar store. You can create beautiful things on a thrifty budget!
Below are the steps to complete this place setting idea.

  1. Write each guest’s name on white card stock using a Sharpie marker. When you do this, leave enough margins on each side of the name to be able to cut it out with fancy scissors.
  2. After you have the names written, cut each one out using a fancy scissors. The ones I used create a scalloped edge. If you are in a pinch, you can certainly use regular scissors and they will look just as cute.
    materials needed for a faux pumpkin place setting
  3. Next, use a hole punch to punch a hole at the top of each name. After that, cut a ribbon piece, about 4 inches in length, and thread your ribbon through the hole.
    fall ribbon with name
  4. Last, tie the ribbon onto the stem of each faux pumpkin.
    DIY faux pumpkin Thanksgiving place setting
  5. Place on your table! You can let your guests take their pumpkin home with home at the end of the day for a fun gift.
    faux pumpkin place setting DIY


There you have them! Each of these 4 thrifty Thanksgiving place setting ideas are inexpensive and super easy. You can whip them up in about 30 minutes flat but will add a festive and extra special touch to your dinner table. I wish you and your family a peaceful Thanksgiving. My hope is that you can find many beautiful things to be grateful for, today and always.

Let me know in the comments down below if this was helpful for you or what other ideas you have!

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For simple Thanksgiving centerpiece ideas, visit my friend Meagan over at Decorative Inspirations and fellow blogger Emily at My Weathered Home!

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