For those of you planning an autumnal wedding (or actually any wedding – leaves can be used all year round!) we have a super easy, unique and fun way to let your guests know where they will be sitting. Trust us this is not as hard as it seems!
To make your leaf name cards you will need:
- Leaves – medium to large sized
- Marker pens (we used metallic Sharpies, but white chalk pens would also be lovely)
- Heavy books
If it’s autumn then you will have a wealth of beautifully coloured leaves to choose from – hunt in your local parks and garden to find a range of sizes, shapes and gorgeous rustic colours. If you are having a spring or summer wedding then most likely your leaves will be green! We find magnolia leaves are great to work with as they are a bit thicker and don’t curl as much.
So lets begin…
one. collect your leaves and bring them inside to dry for a few hours. Tip: make sure you have enough leaves to practice on as well!
two. once mostly dry (only leave them for a few hours, not days or they will curl and become too crunchy!) press them in a big, heavy book and leave overnight or for a couple of days. Make sure they are flat and the edges don’t get pressed over!
three. whilst waiting for the leaves to press, it is a very good idea to start practicing your handwriting. We used a modern calligraphy style, but really you can use any writing you fancy.
four. if you really think your handwriting and art skills aren’t up to much, a good idea is to download a free font and trace over it with your names. To transfer it onto the leaf use a light box, and use the thinnest, yellowest leaves you have.
five. practice all your names beforehand on paper so you know how long they are, and you test that muscle memory! This will make it a lot easier and mean less mistakes once you begin writing on the leaves. Plus you will know where to begin on the leaf so the name is central.
six. using your marker pen, write the full name out. Don’t worry about the thick downward stokes for now.
seven. once the name is written, carefully go back over the name on the downstrokes only. This will give the impression that you have used a nib and will create the thick and thin strokes that make calligraphy so beautiful.
eight. leave to fully dry and then press again until you need them for the big day! This is very important step or the leaves will keep curling!
nine. we recommend doing this process as close to the wedding as possible so that your leaves don’t completely disintegrate. However if you press them they should last for a few days.
We can’t be-leaf how easy this tutorial is! Fancy making your own DIY calligraphy name cards?! Let us know how you get on or if you have used calligraphy elsewhere in your wedding! Find more of our have a go at posts here.