table decor

diy ribbon chandelier

When we had our game dinner to mark Casey’s return and reconnect with close friends, Taylor, Abbey and I pursued a romantic feel for the table décor to counteract the manliness of the game meat at hand. Nothing says “feminine” to me more than silk ribbons, and I remembered several ribbon altars and wedding aspects I’d seen recently, like these:

from style me pretty

from style me pretty — more organic look

ribbon altar

more uniform look, but I love the mix of colors, and note the different lengths

While I didn’t need anything to this scale, it struck me as an economical and environmentally conscious alternative to floral altar equivalents. So, I made one stop at the craft store for two simple items and set to work.

This is quite possibly the easiest thing I’ve ever taken the time to craft, and while it’s been accused of being a little “gypsy” looking, whatever that means, I think it’s simple, elegant, and a great addition to any table or party setting.

materials

 

  • wood dowel, at least 1/2″ thick and 2.5 ft. long
  • spool of ribbon (you’ll probably need about 20 yards to make the version I show here) in colors and thickness of your choice — I chose gray/silver 1″ ribbon
  • scissors
  • hook, nail, or pushpin for hanging

instructions

 

1. Determine the length of ribbon you need — as my ribbon chandelier was just going over a table, I cut approximately yard-length pieces

2. Cut about 20 pieces of ribbon, depending on thickness. It’s ok if they’re not the exact same length.

3. Tie the pieces of ribbon onto the dowel at the far end of one piece of ribbon in a double knot. You can either alternate which side (shiny or matte) shows on one side in a random pattern, or you can display one side consistently.

4. Tie a piece of ribbon that’s slightly longer than the dowel to either side of the dowel for hanging.

5. Hang from a hook, nail, whatever’s easiest!

large spool of ribbon

large spool of ribbon

a double knot detail on the dowel

a double knot detail on the dowel

more ribbon to hang it

more ribbon to hang it

ribbon chandelier

lit up for dinner

lit up for dinner

 

Chase was concerned about being able to see through it...I assure you, it was fine!

Chase was concerned about being able to see through it…I assure you, it was fine!

be sure to trim it so it doesn't catch fire!

be sure to trim it so it doesn’t catch fire!

I went with a neutral color for my first go, but next time I think I'll go for a bright spectrum or ombre...

I went with a neutral color for my first go, but next time I think I’ll go for a bright spectrum or ombre…

The possibilities are endless for this project in terms of color, scale, length, you name it! Get crazy with it!

cheers krista

 

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diy place mats

diy laminated placemats made from pretty paper

diy laminated placemats made from pretty paper

When I hosted a birthday gathering for Taylor last year (which was before our blog started, a.k.a. no photos), I knew I needed to add some pops of color to my very boring and very neutral table situation. I thought about just laying some paper down from my favorite paper shop, Willow Papery, but I didn’t want to be wasteful. So, I decided to laminate them. And, I know just how much Taylor loves all things laminated.

Torn between all the beautiful paper available, I also opted to make the place mats double sided for optimal use. This is a great gift idea, and you can easily theme these place mats to holidays, seasons and other occasions.

If you’re not feeling like using a paper cutter, also check Layla Grace place mats. They are adorable!

This project takes about 45 minutes total (if you make eight double sided place mats like I did).

materials
  • large pieces of paper (at least 11×17) of your choice — check out a local stationery store, or grab some cute wrapping paper
  • paper cutter
  • ruler or yard stick
  • pen or pencil
  • laminator (or a local office store like FedEx Kinko’s, or if you’re in Ketchum, Business as Usual)
instructions
  1. Cut the paper into however many place mats you want using the ruler or yard stick, pen or pencil, and a paper cutter. I recommend at least eight.
  2. Laminate with a thick laminate. Many places have a pre-cut 11×17 sleeve, which made the process go much faster.
  3. Enjoy! They are easy to clean and store.
reversible!

reversible!

I use this a versatile yellow print place mat for many occasions!

I use this versatile yellow print place mat for many occasions!

Midori swan paper — one of my favorites!

Midori swan paper — one of my favorites!

I can't decide which one I like more!

I can’t decide which one I like more!

summer sundae with rainbow sprinkles look especially delicious with a colorful backdrop!

summer sundae with rainbow sprinkles look especially delicious with a colorful backdrop!

cheers krista
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