Sunday, September 6, 2015

Layered Fall Leaves Placemat

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 .  .  . 
Pier1 Placemat
To begin, gather:
  • 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
Happy Crafting!


  1. Gail, those are beautiful! Being a tablescaper and always looking for something new, I just might have to give these a try.
    Have a great week.

  2. WOW! Gail that is awesome! I'm not the best when it comes to crafts, but when I saw this I had to stop and take a peek. I do believe I am going to put my hand at this and give it a try. :)
    Every other year we have our two daughters and their family's in our home for Thanksgiving, and this is not our year :( so it will give me a year to get it accomplished *smiles*
    Thank you for sharing ~ Debbie

  3. Love these! Fall is my favorite time of the year. I love to decorate my table for the seasons and I might have to use your idea this year if you don't mind.

  4. You always share such uniquely creative projects Gail ! This is fabulous. Inspired by you I crafted with jute over the weekend ...will post soon and link back to you!
    Dr Sonia
    Cards Crafts Kids Projects

  5. This is such a fun and creative idea! And goes perfectly with a clear plate so the beauty can see be enjoyed :) Pinned, and shared.
    Alexandra of EyeLoveKnots.

  6. Beautiful and Fabulous. Hint, Hint. I bought the same leaves. Didn't know what I was going to do with them.
    Thought I might put on candles. I only got one package. I might have to go get more!
    Come over and share this Fabulous post. This weeks linky is open!

  7. It's just like building a pizza! I think I could do this.

  8. Hi Gail,
    I love this pretty leaf placemat you made!
    Thanks for sharing this at Cooking and Crafting with J & J.
    Have a nice week.

  9. what a great idea and homemade is always better, don't you think?? we share a love for the color purple!!!!

  10. Beautiful job, Gail! And you're right -- yours is even prettier than the Pier 1 inspiration placemat. Your symmetry and use of colors is a much better look! Well done my dear!!

  11. I have some of these leaves!! Bought them for another craft but they were barely used so what a great way to use them up! Love the way you made your placement, such a great idea. I am thinking you could do some on those cork coasters too for smaller ones to scatter around, maybe a jar candle on top? hmmm ideas ideas!

  12. Awesome post! I would love to invite you to my new link party The Beautifully Creative Inspired. The party launches every Fridays at 9AM eastern time on 5 BLOGS! It runs until Wednesday night :D Hope you can party with us!

  13. Beautiful!!! These placemats would be perfect for a Thanksgiving table!!! TFS

  14. This is SO neat! Love it!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J! Please don’t forget to enter the $25 Starbucks Giftcard Giveaway that ends tomorrow night!

  15. Gail, as always, I am blow away by your creativity!! Thanks again for sharing with us on our Bowdabra Saturday Crafty Showcase!!!

  16. I wish fake leaves and flowers were as cheap over here, because one can make such great things! but something like that would cost a fortune here.

  17. Beautiful work, Gail. Great use of the artificial leaves. Shared on Facebook. Your friend, Linda

  18. This looks super fun. I did not know they had these leaves at the dollar store. I am going to have to make a trip over there. You did a nice job and they would look fantastic on a table setting! Thanks for sharing at #HomeMattersParty

  19. Wow, this is really beautiful!! Love the idea!

  20. That is amazing Gail! Perfect for fall entertaining. Love it!

  21. This is AWESOME,i read from someone about using as a door hanging,i love this idea but can someone please tell me what pleather is ?? I do enjoy doing crafts and wish i had more space and time. This is beautiful and i thank you for sending. Have a blessed day .

  22. So how do you protect the finish project? from stains dust etc

  23. Wow Gail these are beautiful. I love them.

  24. Wow, wow, wow! So easy and pack such a punch! Other good backings for this would be burlap or canvas. And you could do it in any shape. Oval, rectangle, square, or even a runner! Awesome tutorial, THANKS! :-D

  25. Gail, you have such creative talent. Your placemat looks wonderful. Thanks for the tutorial!

  26. That looks so lovely Gail. It honestly looks like you gathered up a whole bunch of Autumn leaves from the garden to make the placemats. I would hang that on my wall anytime as decor

  27. Love this idea Gail. I have some of those Pier1 placemats and have often thought they would be easy to make.


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