Thanksgiving Word Search Place Cards

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Today we are going to take a little break from Christmas, and I’m going to share a fun project for Thanksgiving. I recently saw a paper tablecloth for children that had a bunch of thanksgiving fun on it including word searches and places to color your own turkey. I thought this was so cute, but wouldn’t it be nice if adults could join in the fun at their table, and maintain the style and elegance we all love with our Thanksgiving table decor. I found this fun website, Armored Penguin, that lets you create your own word search puzzles. You can find them Here. So, I made place cards for our Thanksgiving table with an elegant word search.

At Armored Penguin you can put in the words you like for your puzzle, and then most of the other settings are pretty much already selected for you. I used 1 as my puzzle font size and -1 as my word list font size. When you put your words in include a name. Once you make your custom puzzle you can save a pdf of it and then you can find it back under the my puzzles tab on the site. Under the my puzzles tab you can edit it, and change the person’s name. I had five people at our dinner table, so I went back and edited the puzzle to each person’s name and saved all of the individually named puzzles. However, you could make a puzzle that included everyone’s name on it and circle one of the names on each card, leaving the others under the word search for them to find. Once you have your puzzle(s) saved, open them up in your photo editing program and crop them down to 4.5 inches wide, cropping to just the puzzle and word list. Save and open my template and then drag your puzzle into the template and print them out. Once printed circle the name of each guest on each puzzle. Add to your table decor along with a pencil for solving the puzzle.

I really love how these turned out! They are going to be a wonderful addition to my Thanksgiving table this year! I hope some of you decide to try this one out yourselves! It sounds complicated, but it really is pretty darn easy! And it is such a fun activity for your family too! You can pick all of your own words for the puzzle too, so it is really customizable. Even if you don’t make these for thanksgiving, go check out Armored Penguin and make your own themed word search puzzle. It’s so fun! You won’t regret it! I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I am headed up to the mountains with family for the long weekend, and i’ll be sure to post sometime this weekend about our trip. I still have Christmas posts scheduled so be sure to tune in tomorrow and friday for more holiday tutorials!

Happy Crafting!


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24 Responses

  1. What a fun idea for place cards!!!
    You did a beautiful job! TFS!!!

    PS: Where did you get those darling “bark” pencils???

    • Thank you so much Esther! I had recieved the pencils in my November olive box subscription. I can’t remember where they were from. I am sure you could find them by doing a search on Etsy.

  2. Can you please explain to me how to save the puzzle to my computer and what format did you save it in? Can you also tell me what photo editing program did you use?
    Thank you so much,

    • The first thing you do is click on the get printable pdf button under your puzzle. Then when the printable puzze comes up you can right click on the image and choose “save as” and save it to a folder or your desktop like you would a photo. I used photoshop elements. You can also try a site like picmonkey if you do not have a photo editing program.

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  4. Ashlee, Thank you for this wonderful idea and graciously letting us use your beautiful graphic! I am making them for our Thanksgiving at our home (as the place card with the individuals name).

    Then for Christmas changing a bit to bring to the In-Laws/Out-Laws home :) as a fun activity for all of us to work on. Just substituted the two last names for the first names. I moved the last names around ~ so I have a few versions! I haven’t figured out how to change the Thanksgiving at the top of the card ~ but will probably have my daughter who is a little more computer savvy to change it to Christmas…

    Just love this, thank you so much again!

    • Dawn, I am so happy you are having fun with them! If I get a little extra time in the next week, I’ll make a christmas frame.

      • That would be awesome, thank you so much! I will “repin” it in one of my Christmas Boards, so lots more people can use it too (if that’s ok with you?!).

        Thank you again Ashlee,
        Dawn :)

  5. What a great idea and yours looks so nice. I created a puzzle but I only seem to be able to save the file as a pdf. if I right click or choose save on the image. Can that be edited in a photo editing program?

    • Thanks! I made mine in photoshop elements and inlets you edit PDFs . I don’t think you should have an issue if you are using an editing program. You can try somewhere like Let me know if you still have troubles and I’ll see if I can find a solution

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