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DIY Leaf Placemats for Spring and Summer Tablescapes

bunny plate atop a DIY leaf placemat

If you follow my blog, you know that I love to set pretty tables. I’m always on the lookout for thrift store dishes, flatware, stemware, linens and other table accessories. Lately, I’ve seen tables set with faux leaf chargers and placemats, but I haven’t been able to find any on my treasure hunts. So, I decided to make my own DIY leaf placemats!

I had the leaves in my stash left over from my Fall Dollar Tree Wreath. I’d only used the flowers for the wreath, leaving me with stems and leaves. I had just enough to make one placemat.

supplies needed for DIY leaf placemats

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Faux leaves, either small or large (mine are small)
  • Large piece of cardboard (I used a clean pizza box)
  • Charger
  • Hot glue gun and glue sticks
  • Sharpie
  • Scissors

Step 1.

Lay the charger upside down on top of the cardboard and trace with a Sharpie.

Step 2.

Cut out the cardboard circle.

Step 3.

Pull the leaves off the stems and separate each leaf with scissors.

Step 4.

Put one leaf in the middle and hot glue another leaf to it’s left side.

Step 5.

Glue another leaf to the right side to create one leaf out of three small leaves. Continue making large leaves until you use up all of the small leaves.

gluing leaves onto a DIY leaf placemat
gluing leaves onto a DIY leaf placemat

Step 6.

Start hot gluing the large leaves to the cardboard. Start on the outside and make sure the leaves extend out past the rim of the cardboard. It doesn’t have to be perfect…a little imperfection adds character!

DIY leaf placemat

Step 7.

Once you’ve finished the perimeter of the placemat, fill in the middle with leaves.

DIY leaf placemat

Now comes the fun part…setting the table!

For both my recent Spring and Easter tablescapes, I used my rattan chargers. Let’s see how these place settings look with the leaf placemats instead!

before with rattan chargers
after with DIY leaf placemats
before with rattan chargers
after with DIY leaf placemats

Which do you like better? I’d love to hear in the comments! I think the leaf placemats look better with the first Spring table setting and the rattan chargers look better with the second Easter table setting.

I can’t wait to make more of these placemats! I can see myself using faux fall leaves for a fall tablescape and faux evergreens for a winter tablescape. I hope this post has inspired you to make your own DIY leaf placemats!

I also made placemats using a fork motif, in case you’re looking for other ideas. There are so many placemat possibilities!

Happy crafting!


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  1. What a fun idea! It’s also a great way not to waste extra faux leaves that you may not use when using faux stems for a wreath or other project. A fall version of these will be really pretty!

    1. Thanks Paula! I’m so glad I didn’t throw out the flowerless stems from my fall wreath. I had a feeling I might use the leaves for something. I really got my money’s worth out of those Dollar Tree flowers!

  2. These are so pretty! What a difference they make. And I love your idea about using colorful leaves in the fall. I’m pinning this idea so I won’t forget it!

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