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Leaf It to Nature: Decorative Plates for Autumn

Preserve leaves at their peak color by making color photocopies to decoupage onto wooden plates -- perfect for displaying all season long.

What You'll Need

  • Newspaper
  • Natural wood crafts plates
  • Paint or stain for wood
  • Paintbrush
  • Pressed leaves, pods, seeds, or other natural finds (Note: The color of pressed leaves fades quickly. Color-copy them as soon as they are flat.)
  • Photocopier
  • Scissors
  • Decoupage medium
  • Spray acrylic varnish

How to Make It

  1. Cover work surface with newspapers. Paint or stain plates; let dry.
  2. Color-copy pressed finds and cut out. Arrange paper cutouts on the plates. Decoupage cutouts following manufacturer's directions; let dry.
  3. In a well-ventilated work area, spray the plates with varnish; let dry.

Editor's Note: These plates are for decorative purposes only and are not meant to come in contact with food.

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