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DIY Wooden Leaf Placemats and a Blue and Orange Tablescape

Blue lantern with orange berries from Mountain Ash shrub

Hi friends,

I hope you've had a nice weekend. As I told you on Friday's post I was going to be busy with some paint / stained projects and that's exactly what I did. Some of those projects are going to my son's bedroom, they're not quite ready. I was painting the ceiling, walls and doing some cleaning, kinda boring but totally necessary.

Well, all those projects weren't fit for a post yet, so, I tried to put together something much prettier.

Remember the white leaf placemats a showed you during my Fall Home Tour?
Artichoke table for fall

I really like them, it's like having two sets of placemats. Yeah, that's right. Two sets in one.
One that's white and the other plain wood!
Blue plates - Royal Staffordshire plates with pumpkin and plaid napkins

I made these placemats last year- Fall went by so fast I didn't have time to take proper pictures before I had to store them.

This year I'm really enjoying them, these are the materials and tools you'll need to create this super easy project:

  • Felt placemat
  • ¼" Plywood board
  • Jig saw (I used my BladeRunner)
  • Sander
  • Stain / paint ( I used Thompson's Waterseal stain - Traditional Brown)
  • Matte finish spray Polyurethane


Trace the leaf pattern from the felt placemat onto the plywood and cut it out with a jig saw. I used my Rockwell BladeRunner, which makes the job of cutting out shapes super easy. Since The boards are only ¼" thick, I bundle them by two, it goes even faster.

tracing shape of felt leaf placemat onto wood

Sand those edges and paint or stain as you like.
I gave them another light sanding after the paint/stain dried for a more rustic look.
The final step is to give them two coats of matte finish polyurethane to protect them.
how to stain and protect with poly a wooden placemat

This time I had lots of fun setting the table with some vibrant colors.

old books, blue lanterns, orange cherries, mountain ash shrub, plaid napkins

Blue and orange is such a striking combination!

little pumpkin on Blue Tonkin Royal Staffordshire plate

Pumpkins are a must on a fall table.

Fall tablescape - Thanksgiving tablescape

Some orange berries from a neighborhood shrub were the perfect embellishment to the blue lantern centerpiece.

Blue lantern centerpiece on a fall tablescape

Unlike felt placemats, these wooden ones are sturdy and so easy to clean up.

plaid napkins, pumpkins, blue plates, wooden leaf placemats

I know they're going to be a staple on my Fall tables for a long time.

blue and orange table for fall

Hmm I'm thinking of using this same setting for Thanksgiving. If only I could find the orange berries by the end of November. :/

We'll see, we'll see.

I found the Blue lanterns at Kohl's they were 90% off , only $1.69 each :)
The plaid napkins at T.J. Maxx
Blue Royal Staffordshire plates: Thrifty find

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26 comments :

  1. Wonderful and absolutely gorgeous. Cristina! You have a world of creative talent! Both this and the cream tablescape with avocados - really pretty.

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    1. Rita, Thank you so much, you're always so kind! Those were artichokes, but hey, I love avocados too, I have to create a table with those. :)

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    2. Hehe, apparently I was so convinced, I said it twice. ;)

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  3. Cristina seriously one of the most beautiful Fall table settings I've seen in a long time! I think you must love your BladeRunner just as much as me, I use it at least once a week and actually prefer it to my jigsaw. The wood leaves are so, so smart.

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    1. Thanks Jaime! My jigsaw is no where to be found. The tool I always keep ready to go is the BladeRunner, it's so versatile!

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  5. Let me try that again. I love these.They are gorgeous. What a beautiful table!

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    1. :) Thanks Katie! It looks like Google is sending all comments twice today!

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  6. Cristina, absutely stunning! I might just have to make a run to Kohl's now! And a BladeRunner is on my wish list now :-).

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    1. Thanks Brittany! I couldn't believe that price. Keeping my fingers crossed for you, since they're summer clearance items, there must be only small quantities available.

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  7. I've never tried wood working. Is it hard? I have a birthday coming up. Should I ask for a blade runner? Easy enough to use? I'd love to make these! So fall-y!

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    1. Hi Sheila,
      As with anything new, there's always a learning curve. It's just a matter of start with small projects and the right tools. As I said in the post, working with the Rockwell BladeRunner, is so easy and there's is no fear of getting caught with the blade since it's well protected. You guide the wood with both hands, no need of clamps. This is a tool I always keep on using for this kind of small projects or for simple straight cuts. It also comes with blades for metal, tile and aluminum or plastic. This would be a great birthday present. ;)
      Thanks for stopping by!

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  8. Wish I were as good as you with the saw Cristina, Love how you took that leaf pattern into a whole new level! Beautiful table!

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  9. The wooden leaf placemats are brilliant and so very pretty. Gorgeous table and the colours and textures are lovely. What a great deal on those pretty lanterns as well.

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  10. I love this tablescape, especially the auburn fan in me because of the blue & orange :)

    xoxo, SS

    The Southern Stylista

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  11. Love this so much! I adore blue with fall colors -- stunning!

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  12. Very beautiful! I love the contrast of the blue and orange too! Amazing tablescape Cristina! Have a great weekend.

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  13. Oh My Goodness!! I love your blog, Cristina!! Your wooden leaf placemats are just darling!

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  14. Hello There! You are so creative! It would be amazing if you would stop by our party, and share your favorite posts with us. Join in at the Friday Favorites Link Party, live every Thursday at 7PM at mustlovehome.com....I hope I see you there - Christine @ Must Love Home

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  15. Absolutely stunning...Love those wooden leaves and your tablescape is gorgeous!!

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  16. Your table is really pretty! Love e contrast of those blue lanterns with the orange of the pumpkins!

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  17. Those placemats are so beautiful! I love that they're two-sided. That makes them so much more versatile.

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