There’s a lot to compete with on a Thanksgiving table. The steaming turkey, the perfectly whipped mashed potatoes, and the uncut pumpkin pies. Not much can compete with those three things, but you can give it your best effort with a beautiful place setting. Once you’ve set out your best china, add a marbled paper leaf to the center of the plate for an elegant touch.
My mom always has a plan for where she wants everyone to sit. I have no idea about the reasoning behind it since it changes every year, but there is definitely a plan. This year I’ll help out her grand master plan by making beautiful Thanksgiving place cards for everyone so they know just where to sit. It’s always really awkward when I take a sip of the punch at my spot and then find out I’m in the wrong seat.
I’m sure there are technical ways to marble paper and maybe its even a special art form, but I have a cheater’s version of marbling paper with acrylic paints. You can use supplies you already have on hand and have these whipped up by tomorrow. Before you can start marbling, cut some leaf shapes from cardstock (see below for paper suggestions.) I used my Fall leaf Cutting Files from my Etsy Shop.
Here is the tutorial for making marbled paper. First lets gather some supplies. You’ll need:
- 2-3 colors of acrylic paint I used Deco Arts Americana (Mint Julep) and Dazzling Metallics (Glorious Gold)
- Smooth High Quality White Cardstock-Look for a paper that has a smooth finish. Basically anything that would work good with alcohol markers will work good for this project
- Paper Plate and Plastic Cups
- Place about 2 Tablespoons of each color of paint in the plastic cups. Add just a bit of water (about a teaspoon) until its about the consistency of spaghetti sauce.
- Starting with one color, place it on the paper plate. You want a very thin layer of paint spread across the plate.
- Next dribble the other colors of paint around on the first color. Make sure and spread your drips out. Use a toothpick to gently swirl the colors together. Don’t be alarmed if one of your colors just sinks to the bottom. If a paint is slightly thicker, it’s heavier and will sink. It won’t matter though.
- Place your cut out shape face down in the paint, pushing it against the bottom of the plate. Immediately lift the paper out and flip it face up onto a paper towel to dry. You’ll get a different look based on how you lift the paper out. If you tilt it to the side while removing it from the paint, the paint will run a bit. Do a few test pieces to figure out what look you like best.
- Let the leaves dry. At first the paper will be curled, but it will flatten as it dries.
Once the leaves were dry, I stamped each guest’s name on the leaf . I cut an additional leaf from gold glitter paper and tied both leaves to a twig with twine. I purchased mini match boxes from the Dollar Store. (10 for a $1) I dumped out the matches and stuck a chocolate mint inside each one. I wrapped the outside box with matching patterned paper.
That’s it. I loved the way the gold paint looked as it added the perfect amount of shimmer to the leaves.
Share with me if you create these. I’d love to see what color combinations you use!
Fall Leaf SVG Cutting Files
DecoArt Dazzling Metallics Glorious Gold Acrylic Paint
DecoArt Americana Acrylic Paint, Mint Julep Green by DecoArt