Last November I was really into making these plaid-ish watercolors. I decided that they would make beautiful leaf place cards so I went out to my yard to collect a variety of leaves to make templates. Autumn in Connecticut is gorgeous and there are so many leaves to choose from! I chose the biggest ones so there was room to write the names. I drew the leaves onto card stock and cut them out to make templates. And today I am sharing them with you!
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Supplies needed to make DIY watercolor leaf place cards:
~ Watercolor paper or card stock
~ Glass of water and brush
~ Leaf templates (scroll down)
How to make DIY watercolor leaf place cards:
1. To make the monochromatic paper: Choose two or three shades of the same color. Paint the lighter color first, creating brush strokes that go in one direction – kind of stripey. You don’t have to cover the whole page, it’s ok if there is some white space. Next choose a medium shade of the same color and paint loosely in the other direction. You can now add the darkest color on top going in the original first direction. The point is to layer colors going in two directions to create somewhat of a plaid effect.
2. Print out the leaf templates (if your printer takes card stock that would be best, otherwise just plain paper).
3. Cut out the leaves and trace them onto your painted paper.
4. Once you have cut out all of your leaves you can add the names. Either write them big across the leaf, or you can write them small at the top and leave room for people to write something that they are grateful for. You can then hang them on a “gratitude” clothesline.
This was out table all set for Thanksgiving. You can see the clothesline in the back where I hung the leaves.
Hope you try these!! Let me know if you do by tagging me on Instagram @artbarblog.
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