Sprayed, brushed or sponged with gold paint/ink, pressed oak leaves become naturally elegant place cards.
- Fresh leaves
- Phone book or microwave flower press
- Gold spray paint or gold ink
- Paint pen
For this simple decoration, pick fresh oak leaves and set them inside an old phone book to press them. Depending on the humidity level, you'll need at least a week for this. If you're pressed for time, use a microwave flower press (available at Lee Valley Tools, $29.50) for leaves that are pressed in minutes.
Spread newspaper or an old plastic tablecloth in a well-ventilated area (the garage or outside) that is out of the wind. Spray the leaves with gold spray paint. If you'd rather not use spray paint, you can brush on a thin coat of gold paint or sponge gold ink onto the leaf. Allow one side to dry before turning the leaves over and painting the other side. Use a paint pen to write names onto the leaves once the paint has dried.
Set the leaf as is on or near the dinner plate or, combine it with a larger preserved oak leaf as shown in the photo.
Jennifer Roos is a craft book author, freelance writer and photographer living in Quispamsis, New Brunswick.