I especially love entertaining this time of year. The days are shorter and there's nothing like spending time in the kitchen preparing a wonderful meal to be enjoyed with friends on a cool fall evening. Whether I'm preparing homemade pizza, or beef bourguignon, I love adding special touches to the table. Place cards are a great way to do just that. A favorite of mine is my leaf place card.
Today, I'm happy to share a free download of my template for you to create your own place cards. Print out the template on card stock (I used 67 lb paper in cream), and then cut out each leaf. I have two great tips for cutting intricate curves. The first is to maneuver the paper as you cut, not the scissors. Secondly, a small pair of scissors will be your best friend. I love these curved ones from Fiskars. They are available at Michael's for under $10 and I use mine all the time.
After I cut the leaves out, I add my guests' names and then dab chalk ink on the edges to give them a bit of color. For a more three dimensional effect, I score the center using a bone folder and straight edge. Gently fold the crease toward the center of the leaf and with your fingers curl up the edges slightly here and there.
Your guests' names can be added by freehand, or you can open the template in photoshop, or another software program, and add the names there using the font of your choice.
The leaves can be used alone, or tied to a fall decoration. Above I've used felted acorns and jute twine. Pine cones, walnuts or a fresh pear would also be nice. You can even rest them on top of a wine glass.
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