My autumn DIY brain is working overtime. Today, I’m so excited to share another entertaining-inspired craft with you. We’re making some Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor!

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

In essence, what I’ve created here is a colorful leaf-inspired tablescape. Colorblock leaves cut out of cork in various shapes and sizes line the center of my table and serve as a runner, trivets, and coasters. It looks pretty darn chic. My Staub Cast-Iron Pumpkin Cocoette looks pretty cozy on there. Don’t you think?

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

Inspiration for this Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor came from several places. Over the past couple years, I’ve seen these large leaves cut out of cork in a few of my favorite magazines. I’ve always loved the idea, but wanted to give it an IBC twist. When my friends over at Fusion Mineral Paint recently sent me some of their new fall colors to try, this idea hit me like a ton of bricks. Now, I fully admit that painting cork isn’t genius or anything, but as you can clearly see, it totally changes the look of cork leaves.

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

What I love most about this entire tablescape is that it ties in all of the things I love. The style is a fun mix of modern and traditional with a nod to mid-century. Plus, (as I’m sure you expected) there’s a touch of gold, so it pure magic. Throw in a couple pumpkins for good measure, and we have a winner.

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

Now, I’m not only going to show you my table, I’m also going to teach how how to make these multipurpose colorful cork leaves.

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

Here’s what you will need:

Leaf printables (see below for links)
Scissors
12×12″ cork squares
Felt-tip marker
Craft knife (I like the X-Acto brand.)
Painter’s tape
Paint (I recommend Fusion Mineral Paint.)
Paint Brush

 

 

To get started, you’ll need to print the leaf printables I made for you. I have them in two sizes. Because the cork sheets are 12×12″, I wanted to make my leaves as big as possible. However, typical printers only print letter size which is 8×11″. However, I happen to have a printer that prints 13×19“. Assuming that most people don’t, I went ahead and provided two printables. One is for a standard printer, and the other is for a large-format printer.

 

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

If you want larger leaves, there’s no need to go out and buy a fancy printer. You can use the standard printables as a guide and just trace the leaves bigger or pay a local copy shop to print the larger pages.

Also, for the coasters, I reduced the size of the leaf images before printing them.

Leaf Printables:
Standard 8×11: White Oak / Maple / Birch / Red Oak
Large Format 13X19: White Oak / Maple / Birch / Red Oak

Once you have your printables, cut them out with a pair of scissors. Then, using a marker, trace the leaf shape onto the rougher side of the cork. You’ll want the smoother side of the cork to be on top.

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

Using a sharp craft knife, cut out the leaf. Please use the knife with caution. Work on a self-healing mat or surface you don’t mind damaging since the knife will cut through the cork and whatever is below it. (I tried using scissors, and although you can make it work, it does leave rough edges.)

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

Once your leaves are cut, use painters tap to mark off which area you’re going to paint.

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

Then you’re ready to paint. I used an inexpensive sponge brush and applied just one coat. For the larger leaves, I used the following Fusion Mineral Paint colors: Tuscan Orange, Upper Canada, Little Lamb, and Midnight Blue.

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

For the coasters, I used the Pale Gold and Deep Gold from the metallic series.

Once you have the coverage you like, remove the tape and allow the paint to dry completely.

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

With that, your leaves are complete.

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

To set the table, I simply lined the leaves down the middle. There’s no one way to style them, however, it seems works best when you have all the stems pointing towards the center. It keeps it casual, but still gives a sense of order.

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

And even though most folks don’t use coasters at a table setting, I liked the variety brought in by the smaller leaves. Plus, I wanted an excuse to try out Fusion’s metallic paints.

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

Of course, you can use whatever colors you like or ones that work with your home decor.

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

What I also love about these painted cork leaves is that their use isn’t limited to a table runner, trivet, or coaster. Try using them as a place mat or a festive way to dress up a side table. I think they could even work as wall decor. You’re only limited by your creativity.

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

Fall Colorblock Cork Table Decor | inspiredbycharm.com

Whatever you decide to do, I hope you enjoyed this fun fall DIY and my autumnal tablescape. Have a happy weekend filled with crafting!

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Comments

  • Elle at

    I’m thinking about making these for my t-day table. The mod-traditional look will be perfect. Thanks for the inspiration and directions!

  • Karen Mary at

    Yay! I love the leaves. Functional and pretty! I like to do something different for each Thanksgiving tablescape. This year we’ll have cork leaves! (I also appreciate that it’s an affordable project, using paint I have on hand.) Thanks Michael!

  • Ardith at

    These are very pretty, Michael, so creative. Thank you for the design and templates. Happy Fall, Ardith

  • Megan at

    I’m not much into Fall decor, but man I love these so much! So creative yet so simple!!!

  • Lisa B. at

    Love these! Now off to shop for some cork squares.

  • Sue at

    This is a great idea. Always so impressed with you talent and ideas.

  • Kathleen at

    Love the simple beauty of all you do. Question: what is your favorite gold paint for sprucing up little darlings (tchotchkes), etc.?

  • pat at

    Very pretty table, thanks for sharing the leaf templates
    Pat

  • Jody at

    This is a fantastic idea! I’m always trying to improve on the holiday table décor each year, and I think this will be it for this year! Thank you, genius idea.

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