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Leaf Placecard

Day 2 – May Arts / Creative Imaginations Blog Week


The challenge this week was so much fun. It was my first time working with the twinkling H2O's and they turned out to be an amazing product. It's no secret that I love to decorate and i especially love to decorate my table for holidays. I am not much of a cook, so at least one thing that day is pretty, right?
I want my thanksgiving guests to feel special, so I decided to create personalized placecards that they can take home as a small gift or even use as an ornament on their christmas tree. Due to drying times, this project is spread out over a few days, but it is so worth it in the end when you see the shimmering leaves paired with beautiful May Arts ribbon.



May Arts Ribbon

     – 20 inches – 1/4" metallic gold wired (G59)

     – 1 foot – 1/8" green silk (SK16)

     – 1 foot – 2" lt. brown solid/crush/wired (AW30)

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Creative Imaginations Products:

     – LuminarteTM twinkling H2O’s (mallard, sunflower & ginger peach)

–      12"x12" sheet, cream music paper

• Paperclay block

• Green and white acrylic paint

• Fresh leaves

• Wax paper

• Rolling pin

• Xacto knife

• Metal stamping alphabet

• Paint brush

• Scissors

• Triple thick acrylic spray




Step 1 –With a rolling pin, roll out half a block of Paperclay until it is roughly 1/4" thick (Tip: place a piece of wax paper on top of Paperclay to keep your rolling pin clean.) next, lay out individual fresh leaves on top of your rolled Paperclay, cover the leaves with the sheet of wax paper, and roll to make leaf impressions. With an xacto knife, carefully trim around leaves, then pull them away from the Paperclay and discard. You are left with individual clay leaves.



Step 2 –Using your metal alphabet stamp, imprint each guest's name onto individual leaves. Next, with a paperclip, poke a hole roughly 1/8" in diameter into bottom tip of leaf. Let leaves dry 2-3 days. (Tip: while drying, mold them over a cooking tin or egg carton to create natural shapes.)



Step 3 –When leaves are dry, paint a solid coat of acrylic green paint for a base. Let paint dry. With water on your paint brush and a pot of mallard (green) LuminarteTM twinkling H2O's paint the entire leaf front and back. Let dry. To give the leaves an autumn look, alternately add random brush strokes of sunflower & ginger peach (orange & yellow) luminarte paint. Once dry, spray a light coat of triple thick acrylic spray onto the leaves to set the H2O paint.



Step 4 –With a dry brush, push white acrylic paint into stamped letter impressions. Quickly wipe top layer off with a damp paper towel. The result will be a white highlight where the letters are and your guests will be able to read their name.

Step 5 –To finish, spray a coat of triple thick acrylic spray onto the leaves, front and back.

Step 6 –To add the ribbon "stems" to your finished leaves, simply thread the 1/4" gold wire and the 1/8" green silk through the hole you created and knot on the backside.



Step 7 –To set table, layer a clear plate on top of a solid colored plate. Measure inner diameter of the back of clear plate and cut same sized circle out of your music paper. Position behind clear plate.

Step 8 –Fold a napkin in half and roll. Take the 2" crush wire and scrunch the ribbon away from the wire on both sides. Wrap ribbon around napkin and twist exposed wire to secure napkin holder.



Step 9 –Using a pencil, twist gold wired ribbon to form curls. Next, artfully position ribbon and leaves around ribbon napkin ring.

Step 10 –Enjoy your beautiful holiday table decor!


Download the pdf for this tutorial here!


Blog post by: Tiffin Mills


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  1. meme

    This is great for Thanksgiving!

  2. Doris Widder

    Wonderful project! LOVE it! 😀

  3. Miriam Prantner

    Those leaves look great! Thanks!


    wonderful napkin holder. thank you for sharing.

  5. Helen LeBrett

    Those are fantastic, and fun looking too!! Thanks for the great idea!!

  6. Denise Coulter

    Wow, your leaves are a work of art!

  7. Emily K

    These leaves are so beautiful. I would love to go to your dinner parties.

  8. Anita A

    These are stunning!

  9. Darlene Gabriel

    Gorgeous project and such a unique and creative place card for your Thanksgiving table.

  10. Charlene

    Just beautiful, Tiffin!

  11. Bhavana Patel

    Thank you so much, just downloaded the instruction, would make these as gifts for my friends to use around their christmas table!! thanks for sharing!

  12. Beth Anne Dunlap

    Wow I love those leaves made with real leaf impressions. The whole project is cool. TFS

  13. Amanda Coleman

    I know what project I’ll be doing next! What a versatile idea!

  14. Janet Sisk

    How lovely! Thanks for sharing this great idea with us today. 😀

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  15. jean marmo

    An amazing project!

  16. Sue D

    Wow–love those leaves!

  17. DeeDee Catron

    very very elegant!! Beautiful!!!

  18. Kim H

    What a great idea. I love how you made the leaves, and that you had a tutorial. Thank you very much for sharing =)

  19. Sue McRae

    Wow, the clay leaves are amazing! Love the idea of using real leaves to get the texture!

  20. Marcia D.

    Gorgeous project. I love those leaves!

  21. Ashley N Newell

    WOW! What a pretty idea!

  22. Kristie Maynard

    What a really cool idea! Love these and it brings to mind so many ways to use something like this. Thanks for the inspiration!

  23. Christine Dring

    Wow! Those leaves are stunning! Love it!

  24. sharon gullikson

    Now I have ANOTHER craft I want to try…

  25. Holly Tolman

    Wow, these will look great on your table and what a great idea to share with everyone as well.

  26. Becky D

    These are gorgeous! Time consuming but well worth it 🙂

  27. Tammy V

    Wonderful project, TFS!

  28. Debbie C.

    What a cool project. The leaves are gorgeous when all painted and glittered up and they do look great with May ribbon.

  29. Jingle

    Those leaves look amazing! Great project!


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