We made these beautiful autumn placemats from a large sized piece of felt and some fall leaves we had previously purchased at the dollar store. I say we because this was my daughters inspiration and my implementation.. We were both amazed at how gorgeous it turned out. It can be used alone or for a Thanksgiving dinner or fall event. They are so inexpensive guests could even take them home and use them as doilies. If you’d like another fun idea using these same leaves, check out our Gratitude Jar which is a lovely decor item plus a perfect Thanksgiving activity. And if you do happen to use this for Thanksgiving, grab our free Thanksgiving Leftovers Labels.
Autumn Placemats Supplies
NOTES: I used a 12″ x 18″ piece of thin stiff felt I already had and made a 12″ circle for the base. It took approximately 55 2″ to 3″ leaves to cover it.
- Fall Leaves
- Large Felt This was the best deal Amazon had but it’s a variety of colors.I I suggest purchasing locally if you can.
- Glue Gun
Free Leaf Placecards
This is all you need for your leafy placemat. I had a mixture of leaf types from different packages and it ended up looking great!
I wanted to use as much of the felt sheet as I could so I tested several large plates and as it turned out my deviled egg platter was exactly 12″ wide and perfect. I turned it upside down and traced my circle on.
Cut out your circle.
Starting on the outside, use a small dot of glue at the center base of each leaf and glue them on, overlapping just enough so none of the felt shows through.
Once you finish one circle, move to the next inner circle.
You don’t want the leaves to lay completely flat so remember to just use one dot of glue.
Continue as before, overlapping each leaf just enough to make sure the felt does not show through.
You will eventually work your way to the center at which point you will only needed one to three leaves to cover it. NOTE: If you find there any spots where the felt does indeed show through, just cut a leaf down and glue a piece of it behind the other leaves and over the spot just enough to cover it. I had to do that on three spots. Works perfectly!
This is the finished placemat! It could also be used as a doily.
It’s nicely finished on the back also. A set of these would make a lovely gift. FYI, both plates and the pumpkin also came from the Dollar store!