Leaf Place Names


DIY LEAF PLACE NAMES

I’d always wanted to get married in Autumn, I couldn’t ever imagine myself getting married in any other month. I also knew from the start I wanted to bring the natural bounty of autumn into the decorations of the day.

The colour theme: Navy blue and Gold
Other themes: Autumn with a small nod to my husbands love of classic cars

First of all, choose which leaf you want to use, then pick them and press them.
Choose a good sized leaf as it has to be big enough to write your guests names.

In all honesty, I thought I could wait until the leaves fell naturally before collecting them, however the wedding date was 8th October, and I wanted to get the place names sorted three weeks before the wedding, as my hen was two weeks before and one week before felt like it would be cutting it too close. This, along with autumn starting a little late, meant that I had to pick the leaves from the trees. It just so happened that I stumbled upon a Hazel tree that had wonderful leaves the perfect size for place names, so picked more than I needed for just incase purposes.

Picking the leaves only three weeks before the wedding, meant I didn’t press them. This was a risky strategy, so if you can prepare further in advance I recommend you do.

What You May need:
Based on what I used

  • PVA glue
  • Sponges
  • Leaves (in my case, Hazel leaves)
  • Spare cardboard
  • Spray paint in your chosen colours
  • Sharpies

What I did step by step: 

  • Apply a thin later of PVA to every leaf on one side. Allow the PVA to dry before doing the other side. I PVA’d both sides of the leaves as I thought this would slow theimg-20160917-wa0004.jpg decomposing process and would give the spray paint a better effect. Applying the PVA with a sponge is much easier and quicker than using brushes.

 

 

 

  • Take your leaves outside and using cardboard as a backing spray each leaf. It is up to you if you spray both sides or just one side. I sprayed one side of each leaf. Allow a good length of time for the spray paint to dry. Using spray paint is efficient and gives a good result.
  • Using sharpie write your guests names on each leaf
  • Once the ink is dry you can then spray clear paint over them or apply another thin layer of PVA.

I had my MOH, her boyfriend and my (now) husband helping me with the process from start to finish and the whole process (due to drying time mostly) took pretty much all day. img-20160917-wa0010.jpeg

 

 

7 thoughts on “Leaf Place Names

  1. I love these! We used as many natural items as we could in our wedding too. We used smooth stones from Lake Superior to write names on, and we drilled holes in limestone rocks and put a frog underneath to hold water and flowers for the centerpieces. How long do these leaves last? This would be fun to use as place settings for our Thanksgiving holiday here. 🙂 Thanks for the great idea!

    • I like sound of using smooth pebbles for place names. I’ve seen that done before and it is such a great idea.

      I wanted to get the leaves after they naturally dropped, but was unable to as they hadn’t dropped when I needed to do the craft (three weeks before the wedding, so late September), so I had to take them when still green. Due to the fact I was hoping they’d have naturally dropped, but they didn’t it time, I didn’t collect the leaves in enough time to press and dry them.

      Had I given myself enough time to press and dry them they would have lasted AGES.

      But as they were fresh green leaves they wouldn’t have lasted long. But I did the collection of the leaves and the craft 3 weeks before the wedding and they were still good for the wedding.

    • I wanted to get the leaves after they naturally dropped, but was unable to as they hadn’t dropped when I needed to do the craft (three weeks before the wedding, so late September), so I had to take them when still green. Due to the fact I was hoping they’d have naturally dropped, but they didn’t it time, I didn’t collect the leaves in enough time to press and dry them.

      Had I given myself enough time to press and dry them they would have lasted AGES.

      But as they were fresh green leaves they wouldn’t have lasted long. But I did the collection of the leaves and the craft 3 weeks before the wedding and they were still good for the wedding.

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