After finishing the wreath, I started to sort through the tub, and clean & organize it somewhat. In the process, I found 3 packs of fake autumn leaves I had picked up to use last year. I also uncovered a metallic gold paint marker. I was messing around with the leaves, and drew gold lines along the veins of the leaves, then I got an idea.
Why not glue several leaves together, then add one of the ornaments to the top? And my lovely little Thanksgiving Place Cards (I use that term loosely, as they are not cards at all) were born.
I just love them, and they are VERY inexpensive to make!
Thanksgiving Place Cards
Shatter Proof Ornaments in Harvest Colors
Fake Fall Leaves
Metallic Gold Paint Marker
For me, I used only left overs from past projects, so while I paid for the items, the costs were accounted for already, so.. free. The ornaments can be found at Dollar Tree in packs of 5 for $1 ($.20 each). The leaves can also be found at some Dollar Tree's in packs of around 30 for $1. I used 3 per grouping, costing roughly $.03 each. That would make each one roughly $.23 to make.
- Glue leaves in a grouping of 3-4. I used 3, so they line the front and sides, but not the back.
- Using the paint marker, draw along the veins of the leaves, for a bit of glitz.
- Spread hot glue along the top in a slightly curving line, and glue the ornament with the hook side down against one end. This helps stabilize it.
- Carefully pick it up, and if it's not too hot, use your finger along the under side to tack the leaves securely against the bulb