November 6, 2013

No-Sew Fall Leaves Table Runner + 10 Thanksgiving Table Ideas

It's time for another fun blog hop with some creative friends! This month, we've tackled Thanksgiving tables. From recipes to free printables to table decor, we've got you covered!

The tutorial for my no-sew Fall Leaves Table Runner is below. And, after you read all about my process, head over to the other blog hoppers and see their clever ideas!

Fall Leaves Table Runner

  • Felt Leaf-shaped placemat (found at my local Dollar Tree)
  • Fabric piece, about 1/4 yard for each leaf
  • Decoupage glue- matte finish
  • Large paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Xacto knife and cutting mat
  1. Generously paint decoupage glue on one side of the felt placemat
  2. Turn the glue covered leaf over, onto the backside of a piece of fabric
  3. Generously apply decoupage glue over the edges of the leaf. Take care to completely covere all borders, including center edges. Use paint brush to push decoupage into the edges. 
  4. Let your leaf dry completely, preferably overnight. 
  5. When the leaf is completely dry, trim the excess fabric, leaving a small edge. 
  6. Use your xacto knife to trim the center veins. 
  7. Repeat this process for each leaf. 
**NOTE: This takes a LOT of decoupage glue! I think it was worth it, but be warned. 

**Also, I only ended up doing two decoupaged leaves. The third leaf is made of burlap. I simply traced around my third felt leaf on a piece of burlap, and then I cut it out. It's not sturdy, like the other two leaves, but it's still cute (and a whole lot faster to make!)

To make the runner, I simply layered the leaves together down the center of my table. Easy, peasy. And, these could all be used separately, of course. 

I love the added texture and colors these fall leaves added to my table! And, because you pick any fabric you want, these are totally customizable to your own personal style. Love that! :)

So, have you already started planning your Thanksgiving table? I sure hope these fun ideas help you come up with a game plan! 

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  1. Super cute! I would say all that decoupage was definitely worth it!

  2. Adorable! I was just thinking about a runner for TG .. this is really cute. Julia

  3. Did you make the gold placemats underneath your plates as well?

    1. No, they were an estate sale find. I love them! :)

  4. I love your plates, where are they from??

    1. Thank you! Are you ready for this? DOLLAR TREE! I was so excited. They really are pretty, but you'd better hurry. I think they're part of their holiday stuff! :)

  5. I can't get over how simple these are, I would have never guessed they were updated placemats from the dollar store. Looks like I need to make a trip to the Dollar Tree for placemats & those plates! :)

  6. I can't get over how simple these are, I would have never guessed they were updated placemats from the dollar store. Looks like I need to make a trip to the Dollar Tree for placemats & those plates! :)

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