Bring the tropics indoors with a tropical-leaf table runner

Looking for a quick and easy way to bring a little warmth into the home? This table runner made from party store leaves adds a bit of the tropics to any room. Add more leaves or take some away to make it as long or short as desired. Place additional single leaves around the house for use as coasters, or attach two additional larger leaves in the opposite directions to create a circular centerpiece.
If you're worried about the threads being noticeable, punch holes along the leaf veins where the leaves overlap and tie the threads horizontally instead of vertically. Shorter runners would look nice under potted plants and provide a touch of humor draped on top of the toilet tank in the bathroom.
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Materials
- 2 large, fake tropical leaves, 13 inches tall
- Single hole puncher
- Green yarn
- Scissors
- 4 medium, fake tropical leaves, approximately 6 inches tall
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Instructions
1. Place the two large leaves base to base. Overlap them 4 inches. Place them horizontally. From the center of where the leaves overlap, measure downward toward the bottom until you reach where the top leaf section's tip overlaps the bottom leaf section's tip.
2. Punch four holes to make a 1 ½-inch-long horizontal rectangle. Make sure the punches go through both leaf sections.
3. Cut off 6 inches of yarn. Thread the yarn through the bottom and top lower-right holes. Tie a knot under the leaves.
4. Thread the yarn through the top and bottom upper-left holes, then up through the bottom and top lower-left holes. Thread the yarn through the top and bottom upper-right holes. Tie a knot under the leaves. Trim off excess thread.
5. From the center of where the leaves overlap, measure upward toward the top until you reach where the top leaf section's tip overlaps the bottom leaf section's tip.
6. Repeat steps 2 through 4.
7. Place two smaller leaves base to base. Overlap them 2 inches. Place them horizontally. Repeat for another pair.
8. Overlap the point of one pair 1 ½ inches over the far-right tip of the larger leaves. Overlap the point of the other pair 1 ½ inches over the far-left tip of the larger leaves.
9. Punch two holes on each side where the tips overlap. The holes should be ½ inch apart and be vertical.
10. Cut off 4 inches of thread. Thread the yarn from the top hole through the bottom hole on the right side of the large leaves. Tie the yarn in a knot under the leaves. Thread the yarn through the other nearby hole and knot it under the leaves. Trim off excess thread.
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11. Repeat step 10 for the other set of punch holes. Smooth the runner flat.
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