Thanksgiving is next week, so I’m in full planning mode. Trying to pare down the menu from the 36 appetizers that my family wants, convincing them that veggies are needed, etc. We’re a small family who lives far from our extended family, but I still try to make it memorable. I love setting a pretty table, using the fancy serving plates and breaking out the silver. This year, I’m adding name cards to the table. Yeah, it’s pretty funny to add name cards for a table of 4, but that’s what makes it fun. Plus, it ensures that I get my favorite seat. Learn how to make your own simple copper leaf shaped name cards with free leaf cut files.
This post is sponsored by DecoArt. DecoArt provided me with paint for this project, but all thoughts and opinions are my own. I would never recommend products that I wouldn’t buy or use on my own.
How to Make Copper Leaf Shaped Name Cards
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- Card stock
- Silhouette or Cricut
- Leaf Cut Files (scroll down to get them for free)
- DecoArt Extreme Sheen – Copper
- DecoArt Americana Acrylics – Deep Midnight Blue
- Load your cardstock onto your mat and send your cut files to the machine. Silhouette users can use the .dxf file (when you send to silhouette, the cut lines appear automatically.) Cricut users use the .svg files. I also provided .png files.
- Paint your leaves. I gave my leaves 2 coats of DecoArt Extreme Sheen in copper. One would have probably been fine, but I wanted it to be nice and shiny.
- Once your copper paint is dry, paint initials or names using a dark color (I used deep midnight blue.) I love the simplicity of one letter, but that would never work if everyone in your family’s name starts with A. If you hate your writing, you could add stickers or cut out vinyl for the names. I’m not a pro hand letterer, but I’ll share what works for me. Start with a thin brush (I like size 0) and write the letter out regularly. Then go back and add thick parts to the downstrokes.
- Once dry, add the card to your place settings. I tried to add in a lot of different metallics. The copper paint is so shimmery.
Free Leaf Cut Files
Please do not redistribute or sell these files. For personal use only.
The cut files are packaged in a zip file containing 1 .png, 1 .dxf and 1 .svg file that contain all 4 leaves.
Silhouette users: .dxf file
Cricut users: .svg file