Thanksgiving is less than a month away and I’m really excited because it means I get to set a pretty table for the family. And it’s also that time of month when I’m here to do a guest post for Jennifer Rizzo. In case you haven’t met me yet, I’m Jennifer Zuri from Town and Country Living. Does it get confusing with two Jennifers? Anywho … back to the topic of table settings. Today I have pretty Fall leaf place cards for you to make for Thanksgiving dinner, or any Fall dinner for that matter.
I love using natural elements to decorate because a) it’s inexpensive and b) it’s pretty. If you’re looking for an easy way to personalize your Thanksgiving or Fall dinner table, give these place cards a try.
The first thing you want to do is go outside and collect some colorful Fall leaves. Try to get ones that have just fallen off the tree because they’ll still be soft and supple. You can also pick them right off the tree, too (which is what I did with a few of these).
Next, you’ll want to preserve your leaves. You can press them the old fashioned way, or use Mod Podge. Last year I pressed my leaves and then coated them with Mod Podge, but this year I decided not to press them. That way they’d retain some of their curvy texture.
Spread a thin coat of the glue mixture on one side of the leaves (I had a piece of wax paper underneath). Wait for it to dry, and then lightly coat the second side. It doesn’t take long for the glue to dry. Mod Podge seals the leaves and they will keep until next year if you want to re-use them.
Using Raw Umber acrylic paint, I painted a border around each tag. Next, rip small squares from book pages. Use Mod Podge or glue to adhere the page to the wooden tag. Then, using a very light hand, smudge a little more paint onto the exposed parts of the tag.
At the last minute I changed my stencil. These are stick-ons from JoAnn Fabrics. You can do a regular stencil or even write free hand if you’re artistic. Everyone in our family has a different first initial so using initials works for my table.
You can see in this photo that I purposely made the book page square crooked.
They could even use them as an ornament on their Christmas tree.
And I love the fact that I can keep the leaves until next year to use for another decor project.
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