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Leaf Motifs For The Table

Leaf Motifs For The Table

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2006

Introduction

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

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