Gilded Leaf Place Cards

This maternity leave guest post is by Melissa of Lulu the Baker.


I’m so excited to be guest posting for Liz while she takes a break from blogging to spend time with her sweet baby and growing family!

Whenever I’m planning a dinner party, whether it’s a casual family get-together or a fabulous bash for friends, I always start with the details. Party favors for guests to take home, centerpieces to make the table pop, and my personal favorite, place cards to mark guests’ seats. For Thanksgiving dinner, or any Autumn dinner party, I think rustic, natural details with a hint of elegance are a prefect match for the season.
These gilded leaf place cards are a beautiful mix of nature and glamour. They are easy to make and look gorgeous, and I love that each guest gets a lovely piece of art made just for them!
Keep reading for instructions on how to make your own gilded leaf place cards…gilded-place-cards
Materials: Fall leaves, an extra fine-tipped gold paint pen (mine’s a Sharpie), gold leaf, gold leaf adhesive
1. Collect the most lovely Fall leaves you can find. Beware: it is an addicting hobby! Pretty soon you’ll be pulling over in parking lots to grab a handful of gorgeous crimson leaves from a nearby tree! Press the leaves for a few days between the pages of a heavy book until they are flat and dry.
2. Use the gold paint pen to write the name of a dinner guest on each leaf. The leaves will be very delicate at this point, so write gently.
3. Apply gold leaf to scattered spots on each leaf using the gold leaf adhesive. The exact method of this will vary depending on what kind of gold leaf and adhesive you use. Use your fingernail or a bone folder to gently but firmly press the gold leaf onto the Fall leaves.
4. Allow the adhesive to dry, then brush off any gold leaf that didn’t stick. Voila! All finished!


These leaves are so gorgeous. I love them all especially because they’re all different. My mother made some for my children years ago but I still have them. She took begonia leaves and wrote on them with a golden pencil like you.

Aren’t the colors amazing?! I got a bit addicted to leaf-collecting while working on this project. I would see a particularly gorgeous tree and HAVE to stop and get leaves from it!

Thanks, Kayla! Isn’t it so nice when you can find a project that’s easy and looks good too?!

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