Thursday, November 7, 2013

Preserving Fall Leaves for Thanksgiving Name Cards

Thanksgiving is such a warm and fuzzy kind of holiday.
I really love to make the place settings simple yet special for everyone.
We went on a vacation a few weeks ago to a favorite spot in the Cascades...Fish Lake!
We used to go there every year as kids and it was my Dad's favorite place.
This year the whole family came and it was so much fun! 
 I took it upon myself to collect some pretty maple leaves that were turning colors.
I thought I would use them for place cards this year...

To do this yourself {it's sooo easy} just collect an assortment of pretty leaves and press them for a couple of days in a heavy book.
 Take them out and spread them on parchment paper.

With a foam brush, lightly spread Mod Podge on one side of the leaf.

Get your kids involved!
Jack loved helping me with this project :).

Let them dry.
About half way through the drying process,  pick up the leaf to ensure it doesn't adhere to the parchment.
Just set it back down and it will thoroughly dry without sticking.

Repeat on the back side of the leaf if you like.
After the leaves dry, they will end up being pretty sturdy and easy to work with.
With a permanent marker, write the recipients name on each leaf.

 So super simple!

Plates: TJ Maxx
Cloth Napkins: Tutorial HERE
Silverware: Yard Sale
Crocheted Placemat: My husband's grandmother...oh how I wish I had more!

Have a wonderful Fall day!



Heather Anne said...

That's a great idea! So much less smelly than pressing them between waxed paper with a hot iron - and it looks like the colors are better preserved! Lovely tip!

Nadine said...

What a cute idea! We are pressing some leaves right now to make some fall decorations.


Michelle said...

I love this idea it is so simple and lovely.

Amy at love made my home said...

These are so lovely Julia. I always feel peaceful after reading your posts! xx

Unknown said...

Lovely! I bought an adorable set of Thanksgiving plates at Home Goods last year. I can't wait to use them again…only I'm going to try and find some fun chargers or larger size dinner plates to add to them. I'm loving this Fall leaf tutorial…a friend used them similarly on her blog and I loved the look…but she didn't mention mod podging them...

Mrs. D. said...

I hadn't heard of the ModPodge way. My mom says that soapy water works (and it does work for her), but for some reason it has never been a successful method in my house. I will have to give this a whirl!

Deanna Rabe - Creekside Cottage Blog said...


I found your blog this morning through blog hopping. Was reading Down to Earth, she linked to Meadow Orchard, who had your blog on her sidebar and it caught my eye! I also then read your post about Mrs. Brown….fun!

I like this idea of Mod Podging the Autumn leaves for Thanksgiving name cards. I think I'll work on those this weekend!


Hopeful said...

Lovely idea. I will have to try this for our Thanksgiving dinner. I'm leaving inspired once again!

Lisa said...

Oh my gosh! That is such a simple, yet cute idea. Thanks for sharing...I wouldn't have thought of modge podge.

Bevy @ Treasured Up and Pondered said...

Oh, how wonderful..

If only I had Mod Podge... I thought I did. But... not!! ;(

I have been wanting to do something like this...with the kids.

Karen Andreola said...

The colors of your place setting are warm and lovely. Making cloth napkins for every season seems like such and easy thing to do with your tutorial. Napkins on the sewing machine was one of the first sewing experiences I gave my girls. The leaf idea is sweet.

Erika Roberts said...

Beautiful and easy idea! I love it. I would like to share it and the napkin tutorials on my blog, MishMashedMe. I would give a brief description and link back for them to see the full articles here. I am doing 30 days of diy gifts and decor and this would fit in nicely. Thanks for sharing! ~Erika from MishMashedMe

Julia said...

Erika...I would be honored if you shared. You are welcome to anything on my blog :). Thank you!


Marike said...

That's a very nice idea! We'll have thanksgiving coming wednesday, so maybe i'll use your idea. Thanks for this idea!
Blessings, Marike

Robin Johnson said...

What a great idea! It's the perfect thing for a Thanksgiving table. Your so smart!

Cheyenne said...

Julia, these are truly lovely! I wish our leaves weren't blanketed in snow so I could do something like this with my little girls. Ah, I always love stopping in at your home here....hoping you are well.

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