Taste of Autumn Tabletop Decor
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Taste of Autumn Tabletop Decor

Welcome the holidays into your home and onto your table with these autumn-inspired table settings. Choose different colored patterns to make settings that match each season!

Designed by Debbie Rines for Duncan Enterprises

Craft Time: 60+ minutes
Uses Recycled Items: No
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Material List

  • Tulip® Soft Fabric Paint™ - Mandarin Orange, SunshineYellow, Golden Tan, Olive, Ebony and Chocolate
  • Tulip® Fashion Glitter ™- Gold Fine Jewel, Orange Jewel and Black Fine Jewel Tulip® Glitter Bond™
  • Aleene’s® Original Tacky Glue®
  • Fabrics - Natural: 18” X 45” and Printed Fabric
  • Embroidery Floss - Black
  • Paper Stem Wire
  • Loew Cornell Compressed Sponges
  • Glass Candle Sleeve
  • Cornstarch
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Pencil
  • Needle - Large Eye
  • Foil
  • Toothpick
  • Straight Pins
  • Palette Knife
  • Paper Towels
  • Plastic Bag - Quart Size
  • Measuring Cups
  • Wax Paper
  • Tape
  • Cotton Swab

Project Instructions

Wash, dry and press fabrics.



Cut from light-colored fabric a 17 ½” x 22 ½” piece and fold in half horizontally to create a piece measuring 17 ½” x 11 ¼”. Press under ¼” of fabric on the three cut edges.


Cut the patterned fabric into a 14” x 20” piece and fold and press 1 ½” of fabric under on all sides. Place the prepared light color fabric in the center of the patterned fabric. Refer to photo. Pin in place. Refer to Project Tip.


Using black embroidery thread, stitch large “X’s” along the border where the light and patterned fabric meet to hold pieces together.


Cut leaf pattern out and place on the compressed sponge. Trace around the leaf, then cut out. Wet leaf sponge with water and squeeze between paper towels until only slightly damp.


Squeeze one color of Soft Fabric Paint™ onto foil one at a time, except Ebony. Spread paint out with palette knife. Refer to photo for color placement. Tap leaf sponge into paint several times. Now tap on a clean area of the foil to remove excess paint. Press onto the placemat starting in the center. Three leaves should fit from bottom to top. Wash sponge and repeat process with the color for the row of leaves to the far left. Next apply the leaves to the far right and then the rows to the left and right of the center row. Always wash sponge between colors. Squeeze out a small amount of Ebony and using a cotton swab, tap into paint and then make a large dot at the stem of each leaf. Let all paint dry.


Repeat process for each placemat.



Cut an 18” square from light-colored fabric. Cut four strips of the patterned fabric, two 18” long by 2 ½” wide and two 21” long by 2 ½” wide. Press under ¼” of fabric on both sides of the two long edges on each strip. Then press strip in half. With the shorter 18” strips, open and place the light color square fabric edge along the center pressed line. Pin in place. Repeat process on the remaining two opposite sides with the longer 21” strips, but fold under the ends on each side of the strip for a clean edge. Refer to photo.


Using the same process for placemats, repeat sewing the large “X’s” along the border where the light and patterned fabrics meet. Make sure to sew all the way through all layers of fabric to secure the border.


Following the process above with desired color of paint, place one painted leaf on one corner of the napkin. Refer to photo. Let dry.


Napkin Ring

Wrap paper-covered stem wire around a broom handle to form a coil. Remove and cut coil to desired length.


Cornstarch Dough: Mix 1 cup of cornstarch and ½ cup Original Tacky Glue® in a plastic bag. Kneed dough into a ball. If dough is too dry, slowly add more glue. Tape wax paper to work surface. Dust wax paper and rolling pin with cornstarch. Place dough on wax paper and roll out to about 3/16” thick.


Cut out the dough leaf pattern and place on dough. Using a craft knife cut dough around image and remove. Smooth edges with fingers. Press the stem end of the leaf over the wire to make an indention. From the dough, cut a strip that is a ½” wide and cut into ½” lengths. Press this small square over a piece of the wire to make an indention on one side.


Repeat step 3 to create two leaves and two squares for each napkin ring.


Using a palette knife, press the edge of knife into the dough leaf to create the veins. Let all dough dry.


Using Original Tacky Glue®, glue dough leaf to the end of the wire and on the backside; glue the little square of dough across the wire and onto the leaf for added strength. Clothespins are useful to hold in place until dry.


Candle Wrap


Cut a piece of the light-colored fabric 10” high and long enough to stretch around the glass candle sleeve and overlap 2”. Cut the patterned fabric 2 ½” wide and to fit the length of the other fabric.


Fold and press the light color fabric in half to make it 5” wide.


Press under ¼” on each side of the patterned fabric and then press in half. Place the fold over the cut edge of the light fabric, the same process as used for the napkin. Stitch in place as described in step 3 under “Placemat.”


Lay out flat candle wrap flat on work surface. With a pencil, mark evenly spaced areas for the leaf images, making sure to allow for a 1” fold under on one end and a 1” overlap on the other. The easiest way is to wrap it around the glass and mark it.


Squeeze the Glitter Bond™ onto foil. Tap the leaf-shaped sponge into the glue and then onto the fabric where marked. Work on one leaf at a time and remove excess glitter before going to the next. The excess can be used again by shaking onto paper to capture glitter. Sprinkle with one of the glitters. A spoon can be used to apply a small amount of glitter to the center area of the leaf and then a different color around it if desired or make the leaves different colors by mixing the glitter if desired.


Using a cotton swab, apply a dot of glue and black glitter at the stem of each leaf. Let dry.


Wrap candle wrap around the glass and sew at the top and bottom, leaving loose enough so that it can be removed.



Use lots of pins when sewing the pieces together, and make sure to go all the way through all layers of fabric.