Raffia Pumpkin Seating Card Holders

These braided raffia pumpkin placeholders are the perfect no-carve pumpkin craft to create a swoon-worthy fall table. This is a craft you can start while watching television or listening to a great audio book.

You will need only a few basic supplies for this craft. Keep reading to learn how to make these easy pieces for a fall decor table and the tips I learned along the way.

Horizontal image of a handmade DIY braided raffia pumpkin used as a seating card holder for a Thanksgiving table.
Such a fun and simple fall tablescape project, you can have a great DIY raffia pumpkin placeholder set made in just a few minutes.

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DIY Raffia Craft Idea: Seating Card or Photo Holders

Here at Ruffles and Rain Boots, I love an elegant table and usually incorporate pumpkins for Thanksgiving and get-togethers in the Fall. That said, I’m more focused on putting on the party so easy place cards for a large family get together are a must have.

Creating something as easy as this adds an elegance to your table. Add some simple linens and low florals. Your friends and family will love it!

Vertical close up image of a farmhouse raffia pumpkin seating card holder made with a mini pumpkin, raffia, ribbon, and wire.
This fall craft is perfect as a seating card holder, photo holder, or print display.

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Stacked photo collage of braided raffia pumpkins for fall or Thanksgiving table with text which reads make these quick elegant raffia pumpkin placeholders.
Repurpose ribbon taken off presents to add a interest or tie on a jute or twine mini bow.

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Tips for Making this No-Carve Pumpkin Craft

  • Hot glue as you work through this craft. There will be many strands of raffia to keep track of and the glue will be a huge help to hold it in place and keep everything tight.
  • If you have any strings of hot glue, you can pull them off during construction or use a heat gun on the finished piece to melt them away.
  • These could be fun picture or artwork holders for Fall. You can also take this idea and make it larger by creating a porch pumpkin the same way.
  • I just quickly hand lettered a couple of cards to stick in my seating card holders. If you need some hand lettering practice for fall to brush-up on your skills, I have these great fall hand lettering prompts that will have you flourishing in no time. You can also just print out some cards. ;)
  • I found my pumpkins at the local craft store last year, so they were in my craft closet when I had this idea. If you are looking for pumpkins to make this craft and you can’t find them locally, pick up these mini pumpkins here (they are the perfect size).
  • I used natural raffia but if you want to make these less neutral, pick up any color raffia at the craft store or even party store.
  • To create a gold pumpkin place card holder, spray paint the wire after you form it. Use a thin gold ribbon to complete the look.
Square close up image of a braided raffia pumpkin seating card placeholder for a Thanksgiving table.
The braided raffia adds a lot of depth and dimension to this fall seating card idea.

DIY Raffia Pumpkin Placeholders

Read below for the instructions on how to make this simple pumpkin craft. If you have any questions, please use the comments section below. I would love to see how you use them, so be sure to tag me on social!

Yield: 8 Raffia Pumpkin Placeholders

Raffia Pumpkin Placeholders

braided raffia pumpkin placeholders for fall tablescape

These easy and fun DIY raffia pumpkin placeholders are a quick way to add a finishing touch to your fall tablescape.

Active Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $10


  • 8 Faux small pumpkin/picks
  • Raffia ribbon
  • Floral wire
  • Optional - ribbon


  • Hot glue gue
  • Tape
  • Circular guide like paint for wire


  1. Start by tapering 3 pieces of the raffia ribbon on a flat surface. Make a braid with them.
  2. Take the stems off the pumpkin if you're using picks.
  3. Wrap the braided raffia around the pumpkin. Start at the top and work your way to the bottom. Glue as you go. The strands will overlap and that is fine.
  4. Don't cover the hole from the stem.
  5. Once you have the entire pumpkin covered with raffia, make a place card holder and use a small circle surface. Wrap the wire around it twice.
  6. Add glue to the place card pick in the hole that held the stem.
  7. You can add a ribbon around the wire if you'd like! photo collage tutorial of how to make a braided raffia pumpkin craft for fall


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Vertical image showing a fall raffia pumpkin with a seating card with text which reads make these easy raffia pumpkin fall placeholders.
This mini raffia pumpkin seating card adds a beautiful look to any fall decor.

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