8 Days to Go: Vintage/Rustic Table Setting Pieces

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!

...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

...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

...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

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

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

...and started to drop in my napkins!

New Dress A Day - DIY - 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

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

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

...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'

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

Hello chic napkins!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Finished Napkins

I loved that each one looked a bit different depending on where they were in the pile when I was dyeing.

New Dress A Day - DIY - All Dyed!

The napkin rings looked lovely against the napkins!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Napkin & Napkin Ring Combo

With some ribbon and a little glue, these rings are looking Anthropologie-esque!!  I loved how these turned out!!

New Dress A Day - DIY - Napkin Rings!

And the Mod Podge/Bakers Twine vase...

New Dress A Day - DIY - New Vase!

...looking super sharp with the yellow lilies too!

New Dress A Day - DIY - New Table!!

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)

New Dress A Day - DIY - Dinner Party Time!

Nothing like yummy eats to close out the weekend!!

The rest of the tabletop pieces are to follow...stay tuned!!