Fall Leaf Placemats for the Thanksgiving Table

Happy almost Thanksgiving, everyone! Today I am sharing a little bit of Our Thanksgiving Table with you. Especially the Fall Leaf  Placemats I created using thrift store finds.

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I have become totally addicted to Thrift Store shopping. Usually there is something to discover that catches my eye.

Over the summer I snatched up a set of 6 woven placemats. The yellow reminded me of summer parties and I loved their circular shape. But when the sticky Goodwill tape was removed and the placemats were unstacked I found black mold on each. Yuck!

Thanksgiving Table 2014

Lucky for me it’s nothing a little spray paint can’t cover!

Thanksgiving Table 2014

One can of mossy green spray paint and those old nasty placemats have a new look. I’ve got a little secret: only one side of the placemat was painted. Who knows what color I might need for the other side?

Thanksgiving Table 2014

Once the newly painted placemats were on our Thanksgiving table I noticed they looked a bit plain.

Thanksgiving Table 2014

So I gathered up pre-cut  leaves, colorful thread, sparkly jewels. and a few sheets of felt to cut my own leaf shapes.

Thanksgiving Table 2014

If you are going to cut felt, do yourself a favor and buy new sharp scissors. In my opinion, felt is one of the trickiest materials to cut. Especially with dull scissors.

Instead of tracing a leaf onto the felt I simply freehanded several different leaf shapes.

Thanksgiving Table 2014

The colorful thread came from my old cross stitching days. An easy running stitch for the leaf’s veins adds great detail.

Thanksgiving Table 2014

Once each embellishment was arranged on the edges of the placemat everything was attached with tiny dots of hot glue.

Fall Inspired Thanksgiving Placemats by 3 Little Greenwoods

I love how much color the leaves and jewels add to the table. They are way more interesting that the plain woven placemats.

Thanksgiving Table 2014

Thanksgiving Table 2014

I would love to share Our Thanksgiving Table with you. {Click here} to visit 3 Little Greenwoods and see the other DIY projects I used to pull it all together.

Thanksgiving Table

Your comments totally make my day! 

They give me huge motivation to keep creating and having fun with my 3 Little Greenwoods! 

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Ashley is the writer and creator of 3 Little Greenwoods. She is wife to Honey and Mama to the 3 Little Greenwoods. After teaching kindergarten for 14 years, Ashley landed her dream job as a stay at home mom. Instead of focusing all her energy on a classroom of five-year-old’s, she began 3 Little Greenwoods to document all her crazy craftiness, DIY home projects, and fun with her children. Party planning is a bit of an obsession as she gathers inspiration to create tons of DIY decor and fabulously fun birthday cakes. Learning to cook traditional dishes in her School of Southern Cooking is her current passion. She would love to have you hop over for a visit!

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  1. It’s amazing what a little spray paint can do! And those leaves really take your placemats over the top. Gorgeous!