Whimsical Pumpkin Place Cards

white pumpkin place card

A white painted pumpkin atop a nest of moss is a whimsical addition to a fall wedding centerpiece or Thanksgiving tablescape.

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. 

fall table centerpieces

Whimsical white pumpkins adorned a sparkling woodland fantasy of a table.

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.

You Need:

  • 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
  • Scissors
  • Double-sided tape (Or other adhesive.)

What to Do:

  1. 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.)
  2. After the pumpkins are dry, accent their curves with pearlized acrylic paint. The gleam will really make the organic shape pop!
  3. Roll clumps of moss into balls and flatten into nest shape, creating a hollow for the pumpkin with your fingers.
  4. 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!)
  5. 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.
  6. Use double sided tape to affix the flags to the stem of the pumpkin
  7. Gently nestle each pumpkin into its cozy nest and place at your table.

    Place cards

    These charming pumpkin placecards were made to completely disassemble, so each part could be used in future crafts.

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.

Anne

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