8 Days to Go: Vintage/Rustic Table Setting Pieces

Oct 8, 2012 | 20 Comments

Hope everyone had a great weekend!  What was on all of your agendas?

I spent some time garage sale-ing and Goodwill-ing, found awesome tabletop goodies to remake, and got crafty to create a fun, fall, vintage-rustic tablescape.  Recycled goods-turned-chic-tabletop

Here’s a brief look at the table after all the hand-craftiness…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Tablescaping!

Vintage Tablescaping!

…and I’m going to show three fun items from the table that are super easy to recreate.  Ready??

1. Napkin Rings

I started with some basic wooden napkin rings and some ribbon from my collection…

New Dress A Day - DIY - napkin rings

Rings & Ribbon!

…and got out my friend, the hot glue gun!!  I dabbed a bit of glue in the center of the ring…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Hot Glue Gun

Hot Glue!!!

…and started to wrap the ribbon around the ring.  I went around 11 times (I had to count to make each ring uniform) and then glued the ends to the inside of the ring.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Napkin Rings - Wrapping Ribbon

Around & Around!

2. Napkins

Next came the napkins!  I found some beige cotton ones to use because I wanted to dye them a new shade!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Ombre Napkins

Cloth Napkins!

After seeing tons of ombré dye tutorials, I was inspired to create some on my own!  I began a dye bath of Scarlet RIT Dye on my stove top…

New Dress A Day - DIY - RIT Dye Bath

RIT Dye Bath!

…and started to drop in my napkins!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Napkin Dip

Napkin Dip

I dipped the six napkins (all at once) into the pot a little less than their middle point, and held them in place for about five minutes.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Soaky Soaky Now

Soaky Soaky, Now!

Once I let the bottom half soak for those few minutes, I brought the napkins out of the bath another halfway point.  I wanted to let the bottom chunk be the darkest area, so I left this part submersed for about a half hour to really show the gradient.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Dip & Soak

Dip & Soak

3. Vase

I have to say that before I moved I had accumulated many, many, many vases from floral deliveries to take-homes from weddings. I held onto a few favorites but ended up donating about 90% of them.  When I walked back into Goodwill this weekend, I was probably re-purchasing the vases I had given away!

I loved the shape of this vase and wanted to give it some texture, so I found some lovely yellow Bakers Twine (yes, it totally made me crave pastries)…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Goodwill Vase & Baker's Twine

Goodwill Vase & Bakers Twine

…and began to wrap it around the neck of the vase using Mod Podge to keep it in place!  After finding a good end place (aka, the location on the vase where I was, after spending about a half hour wrapping and adhering) I let the vase dry overnight.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Mod Podgin'

Mod Podgin’

Here’s what I ended up with post project-ing!

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9 Days to Go: Kerry’s NDAD Creation

Oct 7, 2012 | 15 Comments

My birthday is coming up, so when I saw this submission I not only thought it was a fun birthday ensemble, but got me thinking about what I’m going to wear!

Here’s Kerry’s message…

My daughter had her 16th birthday a few weeks ago and her friends “gifted” her with this delightful, plus-sized sequin and beaded top.  She liked the funkiness and quality of the fabric but a top was not something she would wear.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Vintage Sequin Top - Kerry

Kerry – Before

I think I need that top for my birthday!  Let’s see what Kerry did…

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10 Days to Go: Leanne’s NDAD Creation

Oct 6, 2012 | 27 Comments

Leanne got her hands on a muumuu!!!  I had to share this one with everybody stat.

I’ve been following your blog for a while, and have been super inspired by all the recreations!  Since things have been winding down at the end of grad school, I’ve found a little more free time to try out some of my own recreations.  I’ve also found that my creative juices, which were piled under homework, are now starting to resurface!  So, I went shopping at a local thrift store and found this beauty for less than $4.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Muumuu - Before

Leanne – Before

I loved the print, and it reminded me of the many hideous nightgowns/robes you have fabulously remade, so I decided to give it a go.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Muumuu - Before - From Behind

I’m loving this pattern!

I love the print too, Leanne!!  I would have for sure snagged this piece as well.  Let’s see how she transformed it!

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11 Days to Go: Cork Coasters

Oct 5, 2012 | 15 Comments

It’s a break from clothes today, yay!!

I’ve got a little project that I’m working on and needed a bunch of goodies like these for it, so today we’re doing coasters!!  Hello cork that isn’t coming out of a wine bottle I’m opening!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Home Crafts - Cork Coasters

Cork coasters!!

The last apartment I lived in had cork flooring in the kitchen that I was just obsessed with, and these coasters reminded me of it because of the thin, tile-y feel!  I’m not re-laying my floor if you’re wondering….still keeping them as coasters!

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12 Days to Go: $1 Remake

Oct 4, 2012 | 38 Comments

OK, this sweater was a no brainer when I snagged it at a garage sale.  It’s H&M, a thicker black knit, and was virtually brand new because the tag was still hanging from it.  The only issue…

New Dress A Day - DIY - Ripped H&M Sweater

Day 13 – Before (That’s my “seriously?” face.)

…a BIG snag leaving half the sleeve open!!

I’m a novice knitter, but the beauty of this piece was that the unraveling happened right on the seam!  It just looked way worse than it was, and I knew that an easy hand stitch would make this look brand new.

New Dress A Day - DIY - Ripped H&M Sweater - Dangling Threads!

Danglers!!

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