Christmas Table Decoration Projects
Creating Home Made Holiday Table Decorations
The Christmas holiday is a romantic season filled with warmth and joy. Families gather around the traditional dinner table and share stories, love and togetherness. Somehow the more festive the table, the more enjoyable the experience. A holiday table is not simply spectacular because of the people around it (though the people are the most important component). Your table is spectacular because of the loving touches that you add to it. They can be as romantic, classic or whimsical as you like, reflecting your sense of personal style and charm.
Some of the most creative ideas for setting a beautiful table come through using items that you may already have in or around your home such as, glass balls, pinecones, pillar candles, napkins, pine boughs, glass bowls, tea candles, and more. You can purchase additional items to add flare and personality to your table. These things might include Styrofoam balls, beads, gold ribbon, hot glue, potpourri, mesh fabric, jingle bells, foil wrapped chocolates, and other accents.
I enjoy creating lovely centerpieces but also adding pizzazz to my table my creating individual take-home gifts for each place setting so that every guest has something they can take as a keepsake from year to year.
The following are some ideas that you might enjoy when considering how to decorate your table. Have a blessed holiday!
Elegant Packages as Place Settings
Small gifts that will fit easily into elegantly wrapped packages make lovely table accents when placed atop each guests' plate. Things that fit into small packages might include gift cards, wine charms, bracelets, key chains, or other personalized items. Packages should be wrapped in plain white, creme or other light colored paper and tied with an elegant gold or silver bow. Classic name cards can also be made using card stock that has had the edges burned or cut with pinking shears and can be attached using gold or silver ribbon.
Ornament Filled Glass Bowls
Fill a large glass salad bowl, candy bowl or hurricane with elegant ornaments that match your holiday color scheme. Gold, silver, burgundy, blue and rustic green make lovely fillers. Lighting candles on either side of the bowl will help create additional flare by creating reflections that literally dance across your table. This is an easy project and one of the most inexpensive because you probably have these items in your home already. You can rim the bottom exterior of the glass with pine boughs, berries, pinecones or other accents. If you're feeling really creative and have craft items on hand, you can make your own stunning ornaments to fill the bowls, creating not only a festive touch to your holiday table, but a wonderful focal point for lively discussion.
Spray Painted Pinecones
If you're looking for something a bit different than the traditional ornaments to fill your glass container consider spray painting pinecones and using them for your centerpiece. If you want something other than a glass bowl you can simply pile your pinecones on a glass or other decorative platter or fill a bread basket or decorative basket. One can even make lovely ornaments with pinecones and use them as individualized gifts at each place setting. Gold, silver or red make great colors, especially if they are metallic or glittery.
When I think of Styrofoam ornaments I often think of handmade crafts that my kids did in kindergarten or things that I made in my youth group at church back in the 70s. But today, Styrofoam ornaments have taken on a new look; one that is elegant, classic and creative. If you're looking for a fun project to make with your kids, yet one that looks a bit more upscale than a traditional family project typically would try mimicking some of the following pictures. Using classic gold ribbon, glass beads, seeds, bells, feathers and other accents, you can create ornaments with a timeless appeal. They can fill bowls for centerpieces or be placed at each guests' seat. All you'll need are a few Styrofoam balls, stick pins, hot glue and the accents of your choice.
Jingle Bell Napkin Rings
By using simple gold jingle bells, secured to folded napkins using gold fabric or elastic ribbon, you can fashion elegant yet festive napkin rings. The bells actually come in a variety of colors that will allow you to make rings which will easily fit into your table's color scheme. You can also insert items such as eucalyptus leaves, berries, or pussy willow branches as accents. Jingle bells can also be used to fill the base of a glass bowl or hurricane. Simply insert a pillar candle and light it. The flame will flicker and dance reflectively off of the bells.
Gold and Glass
Gold and glass together with the flickering of tiny candles can create an incredible ambience. The glass serves as a reflector for the candle light and creates a romantic centerpiece for your table. By incorporating candles of various sizes and ornaments with diverse patterns your centerpiece will be sure to draw the eye and wow your guests. The key to creating the most illuminating effect is to use a flat, plain glass tray. It should not be leaded crystal or otherwise patterned. Champagne glasses make great candle holders when filled with crystals or bath beads into which a tea candle is inserted.
Holiday Scented Sachets
Sachets are easy and relative inexpensive to make. You'll need mesh fabric in solid holiday colors, satin ribbon and potpourri. Simply sew the mesh fabric into tiny bags, fill with potpourri and tie off with satin ribbon. Accents such as berries or diminutive jingle bells can be added to create added beauty. For a whimsical sachet, consider making bags with needlepoint patterns. You can also fills bags with colored bath beads or bath salts.
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