Handmade Table Linens

June 4, 2011

Table runner to suit a shabby chic decor

Image by Decorative Towels - Created by Cath. via Flickr

Shocked by the expense of luxury table linens?  Make your own!

Go to the fabric store and search for clearance fabrics or on-sale items that can easily be transformed into beautiful, luxury table linens.  I found a gorgeous orange taffeta fabric with embroidered flowers for less than $7/yard and created a runner for each of my dining tables for way less than buying or renting them.   I had my grandmother do the hemming and she loved being able to contribute!  After the wedding, the runners can be sewn together to make gorgeous drapes!

You could also make miniature quilts to use on each table for the event and then sew them all together afterwards.  You’ll end up with a blanket big enough to cover a king-size bed or a memorable picnic blanket!

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Paper Napkin Rings

June 4, 2011

I made paper napkin rings out of  large handmade papers.  One large sheet was enough to make about 60 napkin rings and only cost about $6.  Mine were for Thanksgiving, so I used a pearly orange paper.

Simply cut the paper down to strips, wrap the silverware (or plasticware) with a napkin (I used linen-like paper napkins), and wrap the paper strip around the napkin. Use a hot glue gun to seal the ends of the strip together and wah-laa…a DIY napkin ring!

 

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Glassware at an antique shop

Shop antique stores for vintage glassware of various shapes and sizes.

In a single antique and collectibles store, I found nearly 75 vintage bottles and vases to use as single-bud vases.   These vases can be scattered throughout the room and on the dining tables to create an eclectic and vintage feel.   Fill the vases with small flowers and cluster them together to create a beautiful centerpiece that’s inexpensive and creative!  The vases can also double as favors if you let guests take them home.

Tip: decide on clear glass or colored glass and stick with it.  Otherwise, the mixture can become unorganized or messy.