I love yarn. I’m what you would consider to be a yarn addict. I love its texture and versatility. As I browse through the aisles of my craft store I always pause and flirt with all the bright colored yarn. If that yarn is on sale you can bet a few rolls sneak their way into my cart. And I’m a huge sucker for yarn crafts. Can we talk about the craft potential yarn has? It has so much more to offer than knitting. And with an obnoxiously large bundle of sale yarn, I came up with a lovely craft I feel does yarn justice: a yarn chandelier.
Mmmmm…butternut squash. Sure, it’s delicious when roasted or blended into soup, but have you ever considered incorporating butternut squash into your fall decor? Add this oblong squash to your table in a new way this Thanksgiving — as an easy-to-make, inexpensive vase.
It just takes a few minutes to make your own. To make an arrangement like you see above, you’ll want three or five butternut squash in varying heights. The smaller, the better; larger butternut squash have thicker flesh that makes them slightly more difficult to work with. I got these at a local farmers’ market.
After first trying a pumpkin-carving saw, I found that the best tool for hollowing out the squash was a long-handled spoon. Make a circle at the top of the squash’s oblong stem, leaving about 1/2 inch of flesh around the edge. Continue scooping chunks of squash until you reach the seeds. Scoop out what you can, then rap onto a cutting board a few times to remove remaining seeds.
Next, add the flowers of your choice. I went with dahlias, sunflowers and cockscomb in purples, yellows and greens. Then, add water and display on your Thanksgiving table!
Get full instructions for this project here, plus find even more Thanksgiving ideas on HGTV.com.
There’s nothing like the threat of company — especially parents, grandparents and mother-in-laws — to create that extra motivation needed to finish those lingering home improvement projects. (Guest bedroom, I’m coming for you.) If you’re hosting Thanksgiving this year, it’s likely you’ve spent some quality time at the local paint store.
Once the drop cloth is up and the rollers cleaned (or safely stored in the garage…no judgement here), why not use up that collection of paint sticks? That’s the humble material this copper-coated herringbone runner started out as:
Give them a second life — kind of like Grandma’s vintage coat — as a table runner that will last from Thanksgiving all the way through the holiday season. Read on to learn how to make this chic and affordable table accent.
How To Turn Paint Sticks Into a Table Runner
We’ve told you all about our holiday party table setup, from Marianne’s gutter centerpiece to Deanne’s rustic-chic place card holders to Dan’s handmade farmhouse benches. But have you looked up yet? When you do, you’ll see one of my favorite projects from the whole party: A chandelier fashioned from a plain old branch and beautiful dried flowers.
Here’s a peek at the finished product if you’ve missed it so far:
I love how it started as, well, a branch (specifically, a drifter that landed on Marianne’s porch) and, with a little embellishment, became something gorgeous. It’s also an affordable holiday update — the branch is free, the other materials inexpensive — that can last throughout the holiday season. Want to make your own at home? I’ve got you covered. Read on.
MAKE YOUR OWN BRANCH CHANDELIER
Congratulations to Jessica on her Chilewich win!
Continuing right along with our Home for the Holidays franchise, this week the teams at Design Happens and Made + Remade focused their efforts on table settings. Yes, we understand that food is your main priority when you gather friends and family around your table — but, don’t you want all that time and effort spent cooking and baking appreciated not only by taste, but presentation? Let your guests savor their meal surrounded in an inviting atmosphere.
This week’s tabletop topics included:
8 Tips for Setting a Festive Table
Make a Holiday Centerpiece (in a Gutter!)
Easy DIY Mercury Glass Votives
Pretty, Rustic Place Card Holders
Hanging Branch Chandelier
Plus: Painted Pine Cone Plaques
Now to our giveaway! You too can have a beautiful holiday table setting with select items from Chilewich (see below). From their collection, we’re giving away 1 Gold Mod Table Runner, 8 Freesia Pink Linen Napkins and 8 Gold Dahlia Placemats/Chargers. Leave a comment below to enter for a chance to win. This giveaway’s question: Do you typically go all-out for your holiday table settings? Or, is that not a top priority?
Left: Table Runner; Center: Linen Napkin; Right: Placemat/Charger
You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 9:00 a.m. ET on November 22, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on November 25, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of the prize: $211.00. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932
You guessed correctly if you chose option A. Designer Erinn Valencich placed a low centerpiece filled with burgundy and chartruese flowers to add drama to this rustic, chic Thanksgiving table setting.
We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Jewelz is the winner of this month’s issue of HGTV Magazine and a crimson HGTV zip-up jacket. Congrats!
Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.
Can you guess which centerpiece belongs on this Thanksgiving table?
Type A, B or C in the comments section, and we’ll reveal the answer tomorrow. One lucky winner will win an issue of this month’s HGTV magazine and a crimson HGTV zip-up jacket (size medium). You don’t have to guess correctly for a chance to win.
You may only comment once to be considered, and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited by law. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S., D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 years of age to win. All entries (comments) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. ET on November 20, 2013 and 12:00 p.m. ET on November 21, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of prize: $55. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a HGTV, 9721 Sherrill Boulevard, Knoxville, TN 37932.
Centerpieces are one of my most-requested crafts, and with good reason: they make the biggest impact on your party table, and the wrong choice can seriously impact your good time. After all, there is nothing worse than having a spirited conversation interrupted by a towering flower arrangement, am I right? To add insult to injury, cut flower centerpieces are often expensive and only last for a few days.
With this in mind, I set out to create a lovely, low, and inexpensive centerpiece for our holiday party. I started with a moodboard knowing that I wanted to include velvety dried celosia cockscomb, feathery small ferns for texture, and copper for glamour and warmth. Then it struck me–what better container for a long, low, dramatic centerpiece than a length of gutter? Check out the results in the video below:
The best thing about this centerpiece is that with the proper care it will last from Thanksgiving straight through to Christmas. Here is a total rundown of the materials I used:
- aluminum gutter, cut to size with tin snips (be sure to wear work gloves)
- gutter end caps
- copper metallic spray paint
- assorted small succulents
- Xerographica air plant
- dried celosia cockscomb
- flowering kale
- lemon button ferns
- rabbit foot fern
- assorted dried mosses
Be sure to watch this space (as well as our friends at Made + Remade!) this week as we reveal the rest of our holiday table setting ideas. And join me next week for another entertaining Weekday Crafternoon video!
We’ve teamed up with our friends over at DIYNetwork.com’s Made + Remade to throw a holiday party, and you’re invited!
Follow along as we craft the party decor, set the holiday table and cook up the menu. Along the way, you’ll get the step-by-step instructions and tips to throw a great party in your home. Catch up on all the posts here.
Easter celebrations are right around the corner — time to banish winter blahs and freshen up indoors and out with a few springy touches. We’ve gathered 25 of our favorite Easter decorating ideas to inspire you. From quick-and-easy centerpiece ideas to a clever way to glam up your Easter eggs to a free, printable Easter banner — we’ve got you covered.
All 25 ideas have the official Easter Bunny stamp of approval (seriously!) but here are my 5 favorites:
Delight Easter guests with this creative place setting idea featuring cute (and oh-so-fluffy!) feathered chicks and candy eggs:
Weather permitting, bring your dining table and chairs outside and enjoy Easter dinner al fresco surrounded by Mother Nature’s changing scenery.
You guessed correctly if you chose option B. Layla Palmer brought in rustic elements from her own backyard to create an easy, inexpensive centerpiece for her winter tablescape.
We randomly chose one person from the comments, and Susan M. is the winner of an HGTV notebook. Congrats!
Check back next Wednesday to decorate a new space.