Today I’m sharing with you a fun way to make place cards for your Thanksgiving Table. If you like this project you may also like this DIY Gratitude Banner Thanksgiving Craft idea.
Last summer my family and I took a trip to the Netherlands and Norway. My Great Grandfather was born in Norway, and my dad lived there for 2 years in his twenties. Ever since I was a kid I’ve had a visit to Norway on my “bucket list”.
I’m happy to say that the trip lived up to my expectations. Norway is exceptionally gorgeous, I had to remind myself at times that what I was looking at was real, and not something from a movie set.
We flew into Amsterdam, spent 3 days there then hopped on a cruise ship to take us up through the fjords of Norway. I made sure to take my large DSLR camera to snap photos, but I also wanted a way to involve the kids in the photography process. Yes, they had phones with them, but I wanted to give them a bit “more” to do while walking around the cities.
My youngest daughter took our INSTAX camera with her to use on the trip. It was just the right size for her to put in here purse and she had a great time planning out her photographs. After a few days her twin brother got in on the action and they had a great time running around together looking for things that would make “cool” photos.
The camera was a “hit” and in the days since we’ve been back I’ve discovered a few more creative ways to use our INSTAX.
This year for Thanksgiving I’m going to use it to create custom photo place cards for our Thanksgiving table.
The plan is to put the kids in charge of photographing our guests as they come through the door. Then use those photographs as place cards at our dinner table. I think it will be a fun way to keep the kids preoccupied before dinner starts. It will also be a great way to get photos (for me to keep) of all of our dinner guests.
To make the place cards, I purchased photo clips at a local store (I got mine a few months ago, so I don’t know if these exact ones are still available, but it is quite easy to find photo clips).
To make a simple photo album for the photos, I simply used a few scrapbook 3” x 4” “journaling” cards. You can find these types of cards in most craft and some big box stores.
FYI: The 3” x 4” is the perfect size to use with the INSTAX printed photos.
After I attached each photo to a card, I simply punched a hole in the top of each card and used an “O” ring to hold the cards together.
For the front of the card I simply used a glue stick to glue two of the cards together, back to back. That way the cover was a bit sturdier than the inside pages.
If you’d like to give this project a try, you can find Fuji Film INSTAX cameras at Amazon, Best Buy, Urban Outfitters, Wal-Mart, Michaels, Staples, Target and Jo Ann.
I’m excited to add this project to our annual Thanksgiving traditions.