A palette of grey, gold, and white sets a sophisticated, modern mood for a fall event. My Thanksgiving table this year focused on these basics, with metallic accents in silver and gold paired with a backdrop of rustic naturals like moss, twigs, pinecones, and woven chargers. The place cards were a way for me to tie the modern elements of my place settings with the rustic bounty that fall feasts celebrate. Enter the whimsical white pumpkin nest – marked, of course, with a fluttering place card banner in coordinating colors. Read on for the how-to.
Whimsical Pumpkin Place Cards
Give your fall table or autumn wedding a twist of woodland fancy that will pair well with traditional metallic glamour or modern simplicity.
- Miniature pumpkins (I used foam pumpkin picks from Hobby Lobby and cut off the pick. Mine were $1.47 each, frequently on sale for 40-50% off.)
- White spray primer and white spray paint
- Pearl white acrylic paint
- Small paint brush
- Miniature birds’ nests or miniature grapevine wreaths (Both available at craft stores. Mine are actually tiny wreaths from Hobby Lobby.)
- Spanish moss
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
- Decorative paper or white computer paper, printed to your design
- Double-sided tape (Or other adhesive.)
What to Do:
- Turn your orange pumpkins white with a couple of coats of spray primer and spray paint. (I did 2 coats of each – making sure to cover the sides and bottom.)
- After the pumpkins are dry, accent their curves with pearlized acrylic paint. The gleam will really make the organic shape pop!
- Roll clumps of moss into balls and flatten into nest shape, creating a hollow for the pumpkin with your fingers.
- Lightly glue the moss to the wreath with a few drops of hot glue. (I didn’t use much because I wanted the latitude to disassemble these are re-use in the spring time for something else!)
- Cut flags from decorative paper that matches your color scheme or print name tags on computer paper. Print or write by hand the name of each guest.
- Use double sided tape to affix the flags to the stem of the pumpkin
- Gently nestle each pumpkin into its cozy nest and place at your table.
Tips: Reuse the nests later to hold eggs, birds, or other decorations. Coordinate the pumpkin placecards with other white gourds for maximum impact on your table.
Alternate Ideas: Instead of making flags for the name cards, tie handwritten tags with velvet or burlap ribbon. Alternately, use a permanent marker to write your guests names onto the pumpkin itself!
Shortcut: Buy pre-made nests at a craft store to skip steps 2-4.