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DIY Leaf Place Cards

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You’ll never believe that these DIY Leaf Place Cards start out as dollar store leaves! They are so easy to make and add the perfect touch to your fall party or Thanksgiving dinner table.

Leaf place card on place setting with fake pumpkins nearby.

I saw some cute leaf place cards on Pinterest that I wanted to try making for Thanksgiving. The creator used real leaves, which I was prepared to try.

But when I saw a pack of leather leaves at the dollar store, I knew that would be much easier and the place cards would last much longer!

This DIY is so easy to make and is the perfect festive touch for any friend or holiday dinner party this fall.


DIY leaf place card supplies on table including liquid leaf, paintbrush, and marker.

For these leaf place cards you’ll need:

Step-by-Step Instructions

1. Print out names in a calligraphy font.

If you have naturally beautiful handwriting you can skip this step, but I am no calligrapher so I needed a guide to form the letters. I found this font (Malibu) on Canva.

2. Write names on leaves using paint marker.

Printed cursive writing on paper with marker and leather leaves nearby.

Carefully write the names on the leaves with the marker. You may have to shake the marker a few times to get it started. You can do a light outline first and then go over it again to make it darker.

3. Brush on gold leaf.

Leather leaf with gold tips on white plate with paintbrush on plate.

Place each leaf on a foam plate and paint on some liquid gold leaf with a paintbrush. Choose different parts of the leaf so no two look the same. A little goes a long way!

4. Let dry.

Let the leaves dry for 15-20 minutes.

Tips and Tricks

Hand holds gold leaf place card with the name Ella on it.

The leather leaves have veins like a real leaf, so you’ll need to be careful when you’re writing the names. Do a gentle light outline first so you avoid any bumps and then you can darken it after.

One trick to make your calligraphy look more natural is to make a thick line on every downward stroke. You can see this in the printed font.

I started writing just the base letters first and then went back and added the embellishments like the swirls and connecting lines.

The liquid gold leaf is convenient, but you’ll need paint thinner to clean your brushes after. I just used a cheap brush that I could throw away at the end.

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Your Turn

Four leaf place cards with gold edges on table with fake pumpkins nearby.

Do you use place cards on your Thanksgiving table? Let me know in the comments!

Pinterest graphic with text and collage of steps to make DIY leaf place cards.