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Mix Your Metals! DIY Place Cards, Napkin Rings and Charger Plates for Your Thanksgiving Table
Faux leather paper and adhesive foil vinyl combine well to create leather-look accessories for your Thanksgiving table. I like a combination of metal finishes, so my completed place setting features metallic black, copper and gold. The project, however, may be easily customized to your color preferences.
Faux Leather Paper or Kraft Tex, natural
Adhesive foil vinyl
Decorative gold wire
1.5 inch wood block
Paint or wood stain in colors of choice
Waxed or other heavy thread
Dollar store charger plate
Add an oak leaf shape to Cricut Design Space and size the leaf to about 4 inches long. For each place card, make 2 leaves – each a mirror image of the other.
Cut a strip of adhesive foil about 1.5 inches wide and apply it to the edge of a sheet of leather paper or Kraft Tex on your cutting mat.
Arrange and rotate the leaf designs before cutting so that the foil strip will fall at one end of the first column of leaves when cut. The leaf with the foil end will be the front of the place card. Glue the plain leaf (without foil) to back of the place card using white glue so that each card is two layers thick.
Create names for your place cards using text in Cricut Design Space. The font I am using is called AR Berkeley. The spacing between the letters was reduced so that the letters touched or nearly touched (to resemble handwriting) and then the text was welded together.
Cut the names from adhesive foil. Weed the designs to remove the excess foil and apply each name to a leaf using transfer paper.
Cut 7-8 inches of sturdy decorative wire and curl one end as shown in the image using a pair of needle nose pliers.
Drill a hole the same diameter as your wire in the top of a 1.5 inch wood block. Insert the straight end of the wire into the hole with a bit of adhesive. Paint or stain the wood block and allow to dry.
Cut a 4x6 inch piece of leather paper for each napkin ring. Fold and crease the long edges of the paper to the back so that the edges meet. Spread white glue on the back of the paper and glue the edges in place.
While the paper is still damp from the glue, roll it into a ring shape. Overlap the ends of the ring about half an inch and secure the ring together using a piece of waxed cord threaded through both ends. Or attach a decorative button or brad through both ends to hold the ring together.
Create a decorative accent for the napkin ring by cutting one 2 inch circle from foil-covered leather paper and one circle from plain leather paper for each ring. Glue the plain circle to the back of the foiled circle using white glue. Cut and affix a design of your choice on top of the foiled circle. Glue the layered circle to the top of the napkin ring using white glue and allow to dry.
Select a design from Cricut Access to accent the edges of your charger plate. I found this simple grapevine wreath that I thought would pair well with the other table pieces. It is called Vine Wreath (#MD422E9). I removed several detail pieces from the wreath to simplify the application of the cut design to the plate.
Cut the design from adhesive foil vinyl in the colors of your choice. Transfer the vinyl to transfer paper and lay the design sticky-side-up on your table.
Lay the charger plate face-down on top of the vinyl. Flip the plate over (right-side-up) and finish aligning the design and pressing it well to the plate. Trim any of the vinyl pieces as needed to achieve a wrinkle-free application.
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