Nov 22nd, 2022


3 DIY Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas Using Kraft Paper

When you think of Thanksgiving, what's the first thing that comes to mind?

Food - roasted turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, and the yam dish covered in marshmallows.

Turkey Day is a famous food holiday where loved ones gather, share a meal, and revel in gratitude. This means that your food shouldn't just be delicious, but your table should be gorgeously set.

The good news is, we have the perfect solution for your table that will take your hosting to the next level and help cut down on cleaning time: kraft paper.

What Is Kraft Paper?

Kraft paper is made using the Kraft Process, which chemically converts wood into wood pulp to create paper goods. Since natural kraft paper does not require extensive bleaching, it is stronger, lower in cost, and a more eco-friendly option than other paper products.

Natural kraft paper's strength makes it a great option for manufacturing purposes and it is often used to wrap individual products or serve as void fill.

While it is a versatile packaging supply product, kraft paper has many creative uses. For example:

3 Kraft Paper Thanksgiving Table Decor Ideas

Another easy place to use kraft paper in your home? On the table!

Kraft paper rolls make for a great DIY tablecloth since it's cost-effective and customizable. Plus, once you're done with dinner, all you have to do is throw it away! Just remember to recycle since it is eco-friendly.

Idea #1: DIY Thanksgiving Table Runner

Have an extra-large table that requires a custom tablecloth, or just simply not a fan of having to wash them post-dinner? Dress up your table with an easy kraft paper runner!

The best part about a kraft paper runner? It can be customized in a multitude of ways using products you have around your house. 

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Ditch the Place Cards

Save space on the table by using the runner as a place card! All you need to recreate this is a kraft paper roll and a thick black permanent marker. 

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Add a Rustic Element

Are you going for a more natural, rustic-looking decor theme for Turkey Day? Take a roll of natural kraft paper and add leaves, candles, and pumpkins to the top for a gorgeous tablescape. 

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Make Your Table's Sides the Star

Everyone always focuses on the top of the table - but don't forget about the sides! Add a little flair to your feast by giving your runner a fancy fold or some cute artwork. 

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Inspire Your Guests

Remind your guests what Thanksgiving is all about by adding inspiring words to your kraft paper runner. You can use a variety of tools to create this look, including:

  • Permanent markers
  • Craft paint
  • Stamps
  • Stickers

Take this idea to the next level by getting your guests in the spirit of gratitude by asking them to add what they are thankful for to the runner!

Idea #2: Kraft Paper Thanksgiving Placemats

Want something a little simpler? Protect your table and prevent messes with disposable Thanksgiving placemats made with kraft paper. 

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A Place for Gratitude

Need an easy activity for the family while dinner is being prepared? Have them jot down what they are thankful for on their placemat. Just add a few lines to the paper using a permanent marker or colored paint pen, and add a pencil to each place setting. 

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No Chargers? No Problem.

Forget fancy chargers this year and make your dishwashing load a little lighter with circular kraft paper placemats! All you have to do is take a bowl larger than your biggest dinner plate, trace the outline onto a kraft paper roll, and cut. 

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Organize the Kid's Table

Teach your littles the proper place for their fork and knife with these easy DIY placemats. Your kids will have fun tracing each element onto their individual pieces of paper - plus, it will keep them out of the kitchen! 

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Seating Chart Goals

Ditch place cards and fancy linens for rectangular kraft paper placemats. If you feel like customizing them, go for it! You can:

  • Add your guests' names
  • Incorporate fall-themed designs, like stamped leaves
  • Scallop the edges using craft scissors

Idea #3: DIY Kraft Paper Tablecloth

Are you a sucker for a traditional tablecloth? Make cleanup a breeze this year with a disposable kraft paper version that is cute, recyclable, and cheap!

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Keep It Simple

Thanksgiving is busy enough. Make your table decor pop with a simple, eco-friendly kraft paper version. All you have to do is unroll, add some candles, and voila! Your table is ready for dinner.

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Mark It Up

Organize your Thanksgiving table using kraft paper and a permanent marker! You can:

  • Trace where your guests' plates will go
  • Write guests' names in lieu of place cards
  • Add inspiring words or quotes
  • Designate what types of dishes you are serving
  • Draw fall-themed designs 

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Food for Thought

Thanksgiving tables can get crowded! Give each dish a place and let your guests know what casserole is what by designating a space for it on your runner. All you need is a thick black permanent marker.

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Ready, Set, Draw!

Keep your kids entertained for hours with a colorable tablecloth! You can either leave them with a blank slate or draw holiday-themed symbols for them to color. 

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Don't stop at the table setting! There are so many fun DIY Thanksgiving crafts to gobble up this season that feature packaging supplies, including labels for your Turkey Day leftovers and kraft paper napkin rings.

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