Fearless Friday, Watercolor Leaf Tags


Today let’s make watercolor leaf tags

This method has infinite possibilities, you can adapt it for any season or occasion,

Just in time for special fall gatherings and Thanksgiving





And these tags can be tied on just about anything!

You can see the complete tablescape where I used these tags on pumpkins here






You don’t have to be a professional artist to do this!

It’s easy peasy I promise!





First, use a sheet of sturdy watercolor paper*

*I like cold pressed 140 lb. on a block

If your paper is not on a block, tape the edges down to a board so the paper will remain flat

Brush paper with water all over with a big fat brush

Drop fall colors such as red, orange, brown and sap green onto the paper

Let the colors run and blend and use a brush to help spread color over the entire surface

Let paper dry thoroughly





Turn paper over and draw leaf shapes in pencil

Pinterest is a great source for finding leaf shapes and templates

See them here

I drew my leaves free hand but you can certainly download a free template and trace them




Next, cut the leaves out

As you can see in the photo above I simplified the leaf shape details when cutting

Make them as simple or as intricate as you want





Turn them over and


{Voilà is CC’s new favorite word,

where in the world she heard/got that I don’t know,

but it’s pretty funny when a 6 year old says it}





If the leaves have any white spots you can touch them up






Next add a thin ink outline close to the edge to further define the leaf shape






Write names or a short message like thankful, blessed, gather





Punch a hole in each leaf and add a twine or ribbon tie

Cut a length of twine or thin ribbon then fold it in half forming a loop

Thread the loop through the hole in the leaf

Pull the cut ends through the loop and tighten to secure the tag to the leaf





Now they are ready to be tied on a pumpkin,

an apple, a favor, a napkin, a stemmed glass, whatever you’d like!





You can find the tutorial for painting turkeys here




Painted turkey apron here




A fun craft you can do with the kids





You can purchase inexpensive watercolor sets at craft stores, Walmart, Target

Watercolor paper is thick and sturdy which makes it suitable for tags

If you don’t want to paint paper you can glue tissue, colored or scrap book paper to card stock and then cut out leaf shapes





Have fun and Be Fearless!




I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Meal Plan Monday  Love Your Creativity    What’s for Dinner?

Between Naps on the Porch,  Make it Pretty Monday

Turn About Tuesday  Celebrate Your Story, You’re the Star

All About Home/ Common Ground Follow the Yellow Brick Home

Tasty Tuesday   Oh My Heartsie Girl  Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things  Creatively Crafty   Home Matters 

Weekend Potluck  Friday Features  Sweet Inspirations

Happiness is Homemade    Sunday’s Best Linkup

27 Responses to “Fearless Friday, Watercolor Leaf Tags”
  1. Nancy says:

    How easy and how beautiful! They add a special touch to your Thanksgiving Table.

  2. Jenna, I actually think I could do this and they add a lovely touch to your table. Kids really do say the funniest things. Big game tomorrow, ROLL TIDE ROLL!

  3. chef mimi says:

    Just gorgeous!!! And so creative.

  4. Well, now I know what I’ll be doing this weekend! These are really cute. I might try to make some as price tags for my felties for the sale. And great for the table! LOVE them!

  5. I will probably steal this idea for Thanksgiving!

  6. Julie says:

    You painted such pretty tags for Thanksgiving! Thanks for showing how to make them. Have a happy Friday.

  7. Jill Kuhn says:

    Hi Jenna, I love your leaf tags! A creative and personal touch to your table. 🦃❤️ I like how you turned your paper over to draw the leaves on the white side. (And I like CC’s new word!) The black outline does give it more definition too. Viola! 😍

  8. pattyanneart says:

    Oh, I love this fun project!!
    Great idea to turn the paper over and draw the shapes on the back. Have a wonderful weekend, Jenna! 💚😊🧡

  9. Michelle says:

    How pretty! I love how easy they are, too. I could actually paint these. 😄

  10. Mary says:

    These are adorable and brilliantly easy too Jenna! I had to chuckle over CC using ‘Voilà’ 🙂

  11. Such a lovely idea for name cards! Thank you so much for sharing your watercolor tags at Tuesday Turn About!

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