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...
...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...
...and got out my friend, the hot glue gun!! I dabbed a bit of glue in the center of the ring...
...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.
Next came the napkins! I found some beige cotton ones to use because I wanted to dye them a new shade!
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...
...and started to drop in my napkins!
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.
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.
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)...
...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.
Here's what I ended up with post project-ing!
Hello chic napkins!
I loved that each one looked a bit different depending on where they were in the pile when I was dyeing.
The napkin rings looked lovely against the napkins!
With some ribbon and a little glue, these rings are looking Anthropologie-esque!! I loved how these turned out!!
And the Mod Podge/Bakers Twine vase...
...looking super sharp with the yellow lilies too!
All the table making fun got me really ready for a fun night of dinner party-ing with friends. Hello butternut squash mac & cheese (with turkey bacon!!) and bruschetta. (PS, the dee-lish recipe came from Better Homes & Gardens)
Nothing like yummy eats to close out the weekend!!
The rest of the tabletop pieces are to follow...stay tuned!!