Wedding Planning 101: DIY Tropical Leaf Menus!

Hey there! Today we are doing something totally awesome, and a little different- we've got a guest post to share from DIY queen, Natalya, of Glitches and Stitches. Meet her below!

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ABOUT NATALYA: "I'm one of those annoying people who when asked where they're from say "it's complicated..." then start to tell you their unsolicited life story...

Sooo to keep it short: I'm American... but also French, I worked in China for almost a decade but have now set up camp in Dubai.

Ever since I was little I've loved making things (preferably in the middle of the night with Cartoon Network on in the background) and nowadays I can usually be found chilling with my cat Chabi on the floor in a nest of scraps leftover from various projects."

 

She recently started a new series on ways to be crafty for your wedding, and since our own wedding had a little bit of DIY sewn into it, and we love crafty brides and grooms, it only feels natural to share the goodness with you all!

On top of that, the post she's sharing with us today is about how to make your own menus from giant monstera leaves, and you know we love plants. So without further ado...


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DIY: Tropical Leaf Menus by Natalya

Ok, so I have a serious obsession with monstera leaves at the mo, it's been going on for a while now & judging by the amount of greenery I see on my IG feed I'm guessing I'm not the only one... I'm trying to keep it under control but the menus at our wedding were definitely crafted under the influence.

Between the save-the-dates, invitations, rsvp cards & ceremony programs... getting everything you need printed for a wedding can add up FAST. This was my convenient excuse in any case to opt for an easy and cheaper hack: Tropical Leaf Menus!

They're nice & big, which makes them easy to read from a bit of a distance so I only had to make out 2 for each table of 10 (one in French, one in English since we had a bilingual wedding), plus they're pretty enough to work as an awesome centerpiece if you add in a few flowers!

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Materials

- fake monstera leaves (or an assortment of other tropical leaves)

- chalk marker

I found these leaves at Ikea believe it or not, I'm sure you can find nice ones at any local florist or on Amazon as well... Of course you also have the option of using real leaves, but who needs the extra stress of writing out menus at the last minute?

The DIY itself is pretty straight forward: just write out your menus! My only tip is to use a chalkboard marker (instead of a paint marker like I had!) this way if you make a mistake you can just erase it with a damp Q-tip & correct (You know, like instead of buying a ton of extra leaves in case you need to start over...Ahem!)

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Did you make some other fun type of menu at your wedding? Have other eccentric uses for monstera leaves or have a #crazyplantlady obsession of your own? We want to hear about it! (ok, I want to hear about it, seriously it'll help put my obsession into perspective ;) )


Click here to view the post on Natalya's blog! We hope you loved it as much as we did! I would love to photograph some crafty menus in the future! Also, if you're looking for more wedding DIYs from Natalya (which I know you are), you're in luck!

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Wedding DIY: tropical monstera leaf menus

For most posts in this series, click here!