I shopped recently at Crate and Barrel and the Pottery Barn. Lovely stores; very expensive. Both stores had beautiful holiday decor and centerpieces displayed. I made mental notes on how to create these holiday crafts cheaply from natural, recycled sources.
Crate and Barrel holiday centerpiece with table runner: Instead of the traditional holiday table centerpiece home decor and design stores are featuring table runners with holiday decor displayed along the center of the table. You can buy a table runner under $5 at Walmart or Family Dollar. For holiday decor, choose a brocade, tapestry, woven linen, satin, velvet or lace table runner. Look for bold colors: gold, silver, crimson, blue, emerald, black. Got a piece of fabric you love? Perhaps you have a piece that matches your curtains? Cut a length of fabric the reaches the length of your dining room table. Raw edges? Hem them or if you’re not a seamstress, fold the edges over and secure with heavy tape. Take a walk outdoors and select several dry leaves, twigs, pine cones and acorns. Using a $3 can of gold or silver spray paint, spray the foliage. To throughly paint, lay leaves and twigs on newpaper. Spray one side. Allow to dry. Rotate and spray the other side. Arrange painted items along the table runner with several strands of contrasting holiday Christmas tree bead garlands. For gold foliage, use red and green beads. For Hanukkah decor paint the foliage silver and display with blue bead garlands. Add a lace or fabric ribbon or bow. Place three pillar candles of alternating heights on a plate or platter in the center of the table. Choose any color that complements your seasonal colors. Dress up the candle by tying velvet ribbon, raffia in a bow around it. Using hot glue or Glue Dots, decorate with festive appliques, buttons and beads. This very display retailed for over $150 at Crate and Barrel.
Pottery Barn holiday centerpiece decor: Here’s an easy recycled, diy holiday centerpiece that duplicates the $100+ displays at Pottery Barn. Select an attractive glass, crystal or pottery bowl or platter from your China cabinet. You can even use a punchbowl, wicker or rattan basket, or serving dish. If the bowl or basket is clear, the decorations show through, but you can create a lovely holiday centerpiece with any bowl, platter or basket you wish to feature. Fill the bowl or basket with glass holiday ornaments in unique shapes and designs. If you’re using a basket, fill with natural or spray-painted leaves, acorns, nut shells, twigs, evergreen boughs and pine cones. Intermingle with several Christmas tree ornaments. For a fragrant holiday Pottery Barn style centerpiece, sprinkle in some potpourri, dried berries, cinnamon bark or cloves. To create Pottery Barn’s signature holiday 2010 birch log candles, wrap a hot, moist cloth around a ivory colored pillar candle. This will warm the wax and give it texture. Using a brown or black Sharpie marker, draw horizontal bark patterns and knot holes. Use brown shoe polish to highlight and shadow. These candles retail for $15-$69 at Pottery Barn. You can make similar candles for cents on the dollar.
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