Enhance your fall and thanksgiving tablescapes with this easy to make layered fall leaves placemat! It's totally handmade using fall maple leaves packets from the Dollar Tree, pleather from a left over project and fabric glue. How easy is that! Best of all, the design was inspired from a placemat found at Pier1 . . .
- Packets of maple leaves from the DollarTree (4)
- Sturdy material for backing - (pleather)
- Circle template - used an old serving plate
- Fabri-Tac fabric glue
- Scissors, pencil
Draw a 18" circle on back of fabric and cut out.
Arrange leaves in piles according to size and color.
I had two piles of small leaves and three piles of larger leaves.
Begin gluing on the leaves using the smaller leaves and lighter colors first, adding them in a clockwise pattern. It's easier to have a pattern in mind to follow. Apply the leaves structurally, in a design, and not haphazardly with no direction.
Once the pale yellow leaves were glued on, I used the darker yellow ones with reddish orange tips to continue filling in.
Next, I started gluing on the larger leaves, first adding the yellow, reddish orange ones . . .
and then the darker, rusty orange leaves, adding them to the edges . . .
and finally, to the center. I didn't use any of the leaves that were green and tan.
The finished placemat looks more impressive in actuality . . . I think even better than the one found at Pier1!
The underside looks great, too!
A lovely nature inspired placemat!
I'm not good at creating tablescapes - but you can get an idea how this placemat would create a "WOW" factor, especially using clear plates that show off the colors of the leaves . . .
that adds a delightful fall touch to any table setting.
Now, to make a few more!
Take a little time to enjoy