How to Make Table Decorations With Paper by Hand

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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
  • Ruler
  • Craft knife
  • Cardboard
  • Stencil
  • Pencil
  • Battery-powered tea lights
  • Magazines
  • Double-sided tape
  • Wide glass vase
  • Paper doilies in a variety of sizes
  • Spray adhesive

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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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).

  3. 3

    Remove the cut-out portion of the bag and the cardboard from inside the bag, and open up the bag.

  4. 4

    Place a battery-powered tea light in the bottom of the bag to provide a pattern of illumination on the table.

    Magazine-Page Centerpiece

  1. 1

    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.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    Place the rolled-up magazine page into a glass vase. Continue rolling magazine pages until the entire vase is full.

    Doily Table Runner

  1. 1

    Spray part of the edge of the back of one paper doily. Overlap that sprayed edge with the edge of another doily.

  2. 2

    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.

  3. 3

    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.

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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