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Leaf Motifs For The Table


If you're searching for a fresh look for your Thanksgiving table, you need only peek outside for inspiration. Fallen leaves are abundant at this time of year, and their graceful silhouettes and tawny colors make them a natural theme for seasonal linens and decorations you craft yourself.

To get started, head outdoors and gather foliage to trace or draw freehand; you also can use our template here.

Use the designs to create carved blocks for printing on linens, such as napkins or a runner, or on paper cups and napkins at a children's table. Add place cards decorated with mottled paper leaves for a charming display. One project uses real foliage to convey beautiful wax impressions on pillar candles. Each idea is attractive on its own or as part of a broader, harmonious scheme. Many of the items make delightful gifts. And you'll want to use some, such as the linens, year after year.

Apple Cupcakes
Brown-Sugar Buttercream
Printed Linens
Leaf-Covered Candles
Speckled Place Cards
Children's Table

Martha Stewart Living, November 2006

Reviews (4)

  • jacsmama 21 Nov, 2008

    This project was originally for making your own leaf stampers cut into linoleum. I did it with leaf stampers from the store and also with leaves from outside, brushed them with fabric paint and used a hard roller or brayer to press them onto the cloth. Then lift them off carefully. Make sure you don't brush the paint too thick onto the leaves. The stampers definitely made a clearer transfer but the other way looked great too, and it was cheaper, plus I found all kinds of neat looking leaves.

  • KellySpears 19 Nov, 2008

    Dear Media,U can use leaves outside

  • KellySpears 19 Nov, 2008

    Dear Mieda, I think you are suppose to either use leaves outside or print from the template here

  • mieda 22 Oct, 2008

    hello martha,.i'm mieda from malaysia...i like to make this thanksgivig table..but i don't know how to do it...martha,,can u show me the video how to make this thanksgiving table??