Hands On: Autumn Place Cards

Olivera Bratich
These Autumn Place Cards are cute and easy to make.

November marks the start of a holiday season full of family gatherings and large dinners. Kids of any age can join in the fun by making decorations. These place cards are simple, personal and worthy keepsakes of a treasured family holiday memory.


  • White or off-white card stock
  • Brown marker (optional)
  • Acrylic paint in autumn colors (red, orange, yellow, brown)
  • Ruler
  • Paintbrushes
  • Scissors


1. Use a ruler to mark a square on the cardstock that is 5 inches tall by 5 inches wide. Cut out the square and fold it in half.

2. Use either a brown marker or brown paint and a brush to draw empty tree branches.

3. Use a paintbrush to lightly paint your fingertips with different autumn colors.

4. Dab your fingers along the branch, making colorful leaves. Move quickly before the paint dries!

5. Repeat Steps 3 and 4 as needed.

6. Let dry.

7. Write your loved one's name on the place card and set it at the table during the next meal.


Olivera Bratich owns Wholly Craft, 3515 N. High St. The Clintonville shop features handmade goods from more than 200 crafters and artists, including clothing, jewelry, accessories, paper goods, home décor and more. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. For more information, go to whollycraft.com or call 614-447-3445.