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DIY Fall Pumpkin Place Card Holders

Fall is here!  So many people skip the fall fun and jump into the Christmas season. But Fall is one of my favorite times of year and I love to savor it. To make guests feel right at home at your fall party how about making custom place card holders that double as a take home gifts?  These little pumpkins are quick and easy to make and your can really experiment with the DIY process to make these all yours.  You can even upsize the design to make a great centerpiece!

Supplies: thin craft wood, RIT dye, scissors, colored paper, pen, paper glue, sand paper
Step 1.  Draw pumpkin shapes onto paper.  Cut out using scissors and use sandpaper to clean edges.
Step 2.  Draw lines onto the center of each pumpkin piece.  Draw from the bottom on the stemmed piece and from the top on the unstemmed piece. Then cut a thin slit the same thickness as your wood.
Step 3.  Slip your pumpkins parts into one another and dip dye each pumpkin using a RIT dye bath.  To achieve a gradual fad hold your pumpkins at several levels in the bath starting with a short dunk half way up your pumpkin then longer towards the bottom.
4.  Type or scribe the names of your guests on paper and cut 1/8″ strips. To curl paper lightly pinch between two fingers and quickly pull. Cut a “v” shape at the end of your curl and then glue onto your pumpkin stem. –Happy Fall!


  1. Katie

    November 14, 2011

    god this is so cute. what an adorable idea

  2. RebeccA

    November 14, 2011

    oooo, how pretty! I may just try this out! thank you!

  3. Christine

    November 14, 2011

    Love these…cute & chic.

  4. Lexy @ The Proper Pinwheel

    November 14, 2011

    Oh boy! These are super adorable. I can’t wait to try my hand at some of these.

  5. Marie

    November 14, 2011

    Really cute idea, but omg if you cut yourself on those scissors you are going to get tetanus!

  6. Anya

    November 14, 2011

    What a cute idea! Saved it for the next year’s Fall holidays.

  7. katie [the bright life]

    November 14, 2011

    These are adorable! So bright and festive…I love! Xo, Katie

  8. Andrea @ Strawberry-Chic

    November 14, 2011

    SO cute! thanks for the tutorial!

  9. Melanie

    November 14, 2011


    Quick question: where do you buy those thin sheets of craft wood?

  10. Sarah @ Designsgood

    November 14, 2011

    very cool!

  11. joanie boyce

    November 14, 2011

    I think they are cute and I am doing them in a orange foil.

  12. brynn

    November 14, 2011

    These are perfect for Thanksgiving! If only Canadian Thanksgiving wasn’t already over. Thanks for all of the great tips.

  13. modernhaus

    November 14, 2011

    More uses for all those packs of balsa wood I have! Sweet!

  14. Hannah @ Sparrow + Spark!

    November 15, 2011

    This is really sweet! If only we had Thanksgiving in the UK!

  15. fàtima -flowers by BORNAY-

    November 15, 2011

    what a lovely old scissors!!!!!

  16. leen

    November 15, 2011

    Hi, you have the most amazing blog i’ve seen in ages!! I’ll be back :-)

  17. Kate

    November 16, 2011

    Such a lovely project, with such lovely images, done by such a lovely lady! :)

  18. Kayleigh

    November 17, 2011

    How CUTE! I think I need to make these for our Thanksgiving place settings!

  19. Rachelle | TinkerLab

    November 22, 2011

    I love this project! Now if only I can just find time to make these between diaper changes, grocery shopping, and kid wrangling. I may not be able to pull it off with the wood this year, but I bet stiff paper would be a decent alternative.

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