Thursday, November 17, 2011

DIY Holiday Table and Six Dollar Sparkle


I don't know about you, but I so excited about the holidays this year.  The kids are getting older and have so much enthusiasm for each new season--and they notice and smile at every little decoration along the way.  Next week is Thanksgiving, so I thought I would post a quick and easy idea for your holiday table.  However, if you don't use it then, well, there are so many applications of this concept. But before I get into that, let me share why I posted this DIY.

I don't know if I have talked about this much, but I don't spend a lot of time out with friends.  Having a business and two children and a husband with a busy wine schedule; our lives are extremely full.  Sometimes it feels like work to try and figure in one more appointment.  But--and this is a big BUT--it's worth it.  So, I am going to try to be more hospitable, invite people over and say "yes" more than I say "no."  Easier said than done, but friends and companionship, especially while in the throes of mothering young children, is so very important.

Anyway, I was thinking that I want to have some friends over for brunch and go the extra mile to decorate the table with something fun and festive and maybe even Christmas-y.  At a Pumpkin Carving Party, we glittered one tiny pumpkin.  The lonely, tiny pumpkin looked so cute on our dining room table, that I thought it would look even better in the company of a little more sparkle.

So, a quick trip to the dollar store, six dollars later, and I came back with 3 vases and 3 very fake-looking plastic pears.  The rest of the materials, I had lying around:

several glass vases
fake pears {fake apples, gourds, or little pumpkins would also be cute}
modge podge or elmers glue
glitter in color of choice
spray acrylic sealant
paint brush

So, this project is pretty self-explanatory.  Together, Mia and I painted the vases with glue and sprinkled them with glitter one by one.  My daughter is three and this was a great project to do together, messy but fun.   We did the same with the pears and gave them an hour to dry.  The important part of this step is the spray sealant.  If you don't seal your project, the glitter will flake off every time you touch or move it.  However, spraying it with sealant was super easy, and you get a pretty hardy finish to the glitter.

The result are some simple, sparkly elements to add to your table:

Drop in a few fresh clippings from the yard, and you have a festive table... for an evening gathering, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years--whatever the occasion.  I wanted to photograph it all arranged on our dining room table, but the sun was setting so I just plopped them down on the porch table.  I think this would have been even better in a more vibrant color like turquoise on a set table with some colorful flowers and lit candles. 

Happy almost holidays!


Anonymous said...

I love them I have been living with out carpet on my stairs for 5 years.. What kind of paper did you buy and where can you buy it from???


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