DIY Leafy Chargers/Placemats

3 Materials
$10
1 Hour
Easy

If you have leftover faux foliage, this easy DIY is a great way to turn them into beautiful chargers or placemats for your spring table. No special skills involved; just a little time and some glue! For more junk repurposed ideas, check out the "projects" section of my blog, HERE.
Grab a bunch of extra faux foliage leaves or petals. You'll need 28 larger leaves to make 1 placemat/charger. Hydrangea leaves work well-that's what I used here.
With your fingers or a pliers, pull off plastic veining from the back of the leaves.
To create a base for the charger/placemat, cut an 11" circle from thicker felt. Drawing around a dinner plate makes it easy.
Using fabric glue or hot glue, begin by adhering leaves around the perimeter of the felt circle, overlapping each other slightly. On the back the leaves should go beyond the felt circle edge 1-2".
Continue with 2nd layer of leaves and 3rd layer. Finish with a final leaf in the middle. Allow to dry.
You can make a whole table setting full of these easy placemats/chargers. You could use different types of leaves for each one or even make them with large-flowered petals. Beautiful for a spring table setting or in your home decor underneath accessories. If you'd like to see the pretty spring table I set with these, click HERE!
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Have a question about this project?

2 questions
  • Lynne Mellace
    on Feb 3, 2020

    How do you keep these placemats clean? Could you spray them with something? Lynne

    • Lora Bloomquist
      on Feb 4, 2020

      You can just wipe them with a damp-wet washcloth if there are spills. And yes, if you got a bad stain, just replace a leaf.

  • Toni Tuyt Carroll
    on Feb 12, 2020

    Love this idea! Question. You referred to faux "hydrangea leaves", but your link goes to "eucalyptus leaves". Did you use a combination? Do you have a link to "hydrangea" leaves too?

    • Toni Tuyt Carroll
      on Feb 13, 2020

      Thanks Lora. I'll research it more. I've seen similar ones in Pier One and they are rediculously expensive, especially since i would need 8

      This could be the answer if i can find leaves big enough.

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  • Jessica
    on Feb 6, 2020

    Fabulous idea! Thanks for sharing.

  • Rhonda
    on Feb 16, 2020

    Thank you for sharing this. I live it. I already have a ‘cabbage’ placemat but it’s really thin. I will be adding some leaves to it. Thanks again.

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