Table decor adds a festive touch to a plain dining room table, whether for a special dinner party or everyday enjoyment. Make your own paper table decorations for an inexpensive and eco-friendly alternative to store-bought table decor. Give the project a "green" turn by recycling old magazines, using inexpensive paper doilies or transforming paper lunch sacks to create a simple centrepieces and table runner.
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Things you need
- Paper lunch bag
- Craft knife
- Battery-powered tea lights
- Double-sided tape
- Wide glass vase
- Paper doilies in a variety of sizes
- Spray adhesive
Measure the width and height of the paper bag. Measure and cut a piece of cardboard to those dimensions with a craft knife. Slide the piece of cardboard into the flattened bag.
Trace a stencil onto the bag. Cut along the outlined design with a craft knife, cutting through only one layer of the bag (the piece of cardboard will protect the other layer).
Remove the cut-out portion of the bag and the cardboard from inside the bag, and open up the bag.
Place a battery-powered tea light in the bottom of the bag to provide a pattern of illumination on the table.
Cut off the spine of a magazine with a craft knife to slice through all the layers. Make the cut several times if necessary to ensure the spine is completely removed.
Place a strip of double-sided tape along one of the long edges of a page. Begin rolling the page from the opposite long edge. Roll the page tightly all the way across -- the double-sided tape will keep it that way.
Place the rolled-up magazine page into a glass vase. Continue rolling magazine pages until the entire vase is full.
Spray part of the edge of the back of one paper doily. Overlap that sprayed edge with the edge of another doily.
Spray the edge of another paper doily and overlap it with one of the first two. Continue piecing together doilies to form a cluster of slightly overlapping doilies that is as long as your table and 12 to 18 inches wide.
Place the doily table runner down the centre of your table, with place settings on either side of the runner. Pair the runner with a darker-coloured cloth so the design shows clearly.
Doily Table Runner
Tips and warnings
- Place single real flowers in test tube bud vases among the rolled-up magazine pages to add a floral touch to the vases.
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