DIY It – A Rainbow Ombre Leaf Table Runner

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This year, I will be hosting our families for Thanksgiving, and with 7 kids, we are going to need a dedicated kids table. This simple rainbow ombre leaf table runner is the perfect addition to give the kids table a little colorful pop. Paired with a few paper plates, plastic forks, and faux colorful pumpkins, it is not only cute, but low maintenance too! 
If you too need an easy table runner for your Thanksgiving festivities, go grab a handful of pretty leaves from around your home and pull out your Deco Art Americana Premium Acrylics. These premium acrylic paints are thicker and give great coverage to the leaves so that you only need one coat to give them the perfect vibrant color.


  • Fall leaves (I foraged these from a bush outside my front door!)
  • Deco Art Americana Premium Acrylic Paints (I used Quinacridone Magenta, Vermillion Hue, Titanium White, Cobalt Teal Hue, and Yellow)
  • Paintbrushes
  • Mixing board or paper plate
Begin by adding the teal paint to a mixing palate, then paint 4-5 leaves in this pure hue. Next add a bit of white and mix to lighten the paint color. Paint another few leaves with this new color. Repeat again to really lighten the paint. After painting leaves this color, add a bit of yellow to form a mint paint and repeat the mixing and painting of leaves. 
Continue to mix and paint 4-5 leaves in each color making sure to create a few shades in each color as you can see above. 
Once all the leaves are painted and dry, use a hot glue gun to attach the leaves to each other to form a long table runner. 
This project can easily be adjusted to just orange/yellow hues for a more traditional color palate, and you can even add more or less leaves to fit your table size. But for a kids table, I think the rainbow assortment is just perfect! 

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  1. K. Elizabeth @ YUMMommy

    October 18th, 2017 at 9:00 pm

    I love the simplicity of how easy this table runner is to make and that it has a big impact. It really adds a level of fun and playfulness to the tablescape.

  2. Claire Marie H

    October 21st, 2017 at 2:26 am

    I love this table runner! I don't have any natural waxy plants near my home–do you think this would hold up on regular fall leaves once they were painted, or would faux leaves maybe work best?


    October 21st, 2017 at 2:31 am

    I think Dry fall leaves would work for a one time dinner, but faux leaves will definitely hold up much longer so you can reuse it year after year.

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