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Wednesday, September 18, 2013

DIY Fall Placemats

By Scarlet Paolicchi


September 22 marks the first official day of fall, one of my favorite seasons by far! I always look forward to the day the air starts to feel a bit more crisp and cool. To welcome the new season into our home this year, my family and I are creating our own placemats. This simple craft is easy to make and a great way to keep your children entertained on the weekends.

making placematsMaterials

1 paper or cloth, per placemat (17”x 11”)
Ruler (optional)
A handful of leaves, various shapes and sizes
Colorful construction paper
Markers or paint (optional)
Clear contact paper (12”x 18”)


1.    Begin by creating the foundation for your placemats by choosing the size and material. I recommend a size of 17”x 11” and a foundation of regular or colored paper.  As a tip, you can simply take two sheets of standard paper and put them together to make the perfect size.

2.    Take your leaves and arrange them on your placemat in the desired design. So you don’t forget their place, take a pencil and lightly trace their outline on the placemat foundation paper. finished placematNext, on colorful construction paper, trace the leaves and cut out their shape. Add glue to the shapes and stick them back on the foundation in their designated spot.  

3.    Use markers and paint to customize your placemats by adding inspirational fall quotes, the crafter's signature or dating the placemats by season and year, “Fall 2013.”

4.    Using clear contact paper, seal the placemats. Place the paper over the top and bottom of the placemat so the sticky sides face each other. Stick together to create a clear protective cover and border around the placemat.

5.    Set your table for a nice autumn look!

What are some of your favorite leaves to see in fall décor? How do you use leaves to decorate your home for the fall? I’d love to hear your ideas for other upcycle fall crafts in the comment section below!

Photos courtesy of Scarlet Paolicchi.

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