Last Minute How To Craft a Thanksgiving Pine Cone Place Setting Marker

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Your pine cone marker sweetly decorates each place setting

Pine cone marker sweetly decorates each place setting.

Why is it, when it comes to the days right before a holiday or vacation, time seems to run at a much faster pace?

Arg..why aren’t Mondays like this?

Since I’m in charge of the table setting this year, I smartly planned ahead and finished this fun acorn autumn tree centerpiece (and even made a video of it as well!).

Yes…centerpiece, “Check!”

That, along with some pumpkins, small oranges, candles and evergreens will make a very natural and simple tablescape.

Uh, huh…tablescape, “Check!”

But, there’s still something missing.

My beloved Aunt Mim taught me, when it comes to making your guests feel special and to create long-lasting memories, “It’s all about the details.”

So…I decided, I’d make a super cute marker for each place setting – plus, I’d add a little something to get the table conversation started.

This project is a perfect last minute idea to add a special touch to your holiday table (and can be modified for any celebration for that matter!). It’s so simple to make and requires easy-to-access ingredients.

Oh, yeah…and, it also takes very little time – a valuable, yet hasty, commodity that I’m determined not to get the best of me!

Supplies:

Pine cone markers supplies

small pine cones (the smallest you can find) – as many as there are guests

spray paint – (I used sierra mist, a coppery toned tint)

empty egg carton

adhesive spray

glitter

faux, felt or real maple leaves

Elmer’s glue

glue gun

pennies

Optional: Thanksgiving conversation starters

Instructions:

1. Set pine cones upside-down in an egg carton, then spray to cover with paint. Allow to dry.

An egg carton is a great way to hold small items while spray painting

An egg carton is a great way to hold small items while spray painting.

2. Mist with adhesive spray, then dip into a bowl of glitter. Allow to dry.

Dip pine cone in glitter after a sprits of spray adhesive

Dip pine cone in glitter after a sprits of spray adhesive.

3. Glue a single leaf to the top of the pine cone (like a star on a tree) using Elmer’s.

Glue a "leaf star" on top of your pine cones using multi-purpose glue

Glue a “leaf star” on top of your pine cones using multi-purpose glue.

4. Hot glue a penny to the bottom of each pine cone so that it will stand up on its own.

To keep pine cone stable, hot glue a penny to its bottom

To keep pine cone stable, hot glue a penny to its bottom.

You’re done!

Festive pine cone plate marker.

Pine cone marker can be a small gift for each guest to display in their own homes during the next holiday

Pine cone marker can be a small gift for each guest to display in their own homes during the next holiday.

Now It’s Your Turn!

How would you modify this project? Do tell!

All photography by Skaie Knox, HomeJelly

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Written By Skaie Knox

Skaie Knox is a storyteller on a quest to provide sparkling content through copywriting, songwriting and video production. She is founder of HomeJelly, Ruggable.com's key copywriter, a published singer/songwriter (Fervor Records/ASCAP) and kid's book author (Big Bug Lunch!). For doable DIY video tutorials, subscribe to her HomeJelly YouTube channel (for link, click on my nose!).