Monday, November 25, 2013

5 last minute DIY projects: for your holiday table

Who needs a table cloth when you can create your own? I love using brown craft paper and pens or paint to create a surface filled with doodles and pattern. It is a great way to add a little handmade twist to your holiday table.

TIP: Keep your paper blank and keep supplies at the table and let your guests draw and scribble all over the paper at dinner.

Its no secret that I love finding ways to incorporate nature into my creative projects and one of my favorites materials is wood (branches, twigs, logs and driftwood). With a little paint and a few drilled holes, you instantly have a candle holder that is a perfect centerpiece for a holiday table.

TIP: Every year I like to pick a color scheme for my table that is non traditional. Not all Thanksgiving tables have to be decorated in orange and red! Try getting creative by selecting colors that inspire you.

I love using plants and flowers in my table decorations but I always run out of time to find cute vases and create arrangements. Lunch bags painted in gold are my fast and simple solution for adding a little shimmer to a holiday table. The best part is that they are the perfect size and shape to hold small plants or even fit over a short glass jar.

TIP: During this time of year I get a little bored with "the typical" plants and flowers for arrangements. I like to use things I already have around the house or yard (like my succulent collection) or even grab unexpected things at the grocery store or nursery.

There is no rule that says you must have formal dinnerware or table decor in traditional colors or patterns! I love breaking the rules and mixing all kinds of dishes in different patterns and colors. Things might not match or even feel like the holidays (hello hot pink and brown vintage 70's flowers) but it's a fun way to add a little whimsy to your table.

If I am going to be honest, I don't really understand the importance of napkin rings but they sure do add a touch of pizazz to a table setting! I can't bring myself to buy them so I always end up using cardboard tubes that I paint and decorate. It's a fast, easy and (best of all) free way to add a touch of creativity to your table setting.

Make sure to stop by tomorrow when I will be announcing my Black Friday SALE details and my 2014 studio class schedule!


Elisabetta Brustio said...

Tutto bellissimo e tanto creativo!
Adoro le combinazioni dei piatti diversi e l'idea della tovaglia da disegnare... tutto con materiali last minute: grande idea!

Everything beautiful and so creative!
I love the mix of different plates and the idea of the tablecloth to draw... with all materials last minute: great idea!

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Henriette said...

What a beautiful, great and creative ideas, so different and innovative ! Thanks for sharing !

Karin said...

A wonderful idea .... looks so beautiful!


Julie | alonewithmytea said...

These are wonderful and creative ideas. I must admit, though, that I love the "typical" and traditional seasonal decor. I don't know why, but the pumpkins and gourds conjure up pleasant nostalgia. I love your ideas, though, for any other dinner parties... :)

Brooke said...

these are fab ideas! I wish i had more space in my house for dinner parties. I'm moving in the new year and can't wait to entertain and put these ideas into play!

thanks as always Alisa for sharing your creative ideas!

Anonymous said...

Alisa - I just love everything you do, and visit your blog every morning. The gold bags are such fun! Anyway like I said I love what you do. Have a sweet Thanksgiving with your family.


Terri said...

What a beautiful table for the holiday! I love all the unique ideas for sprucing things up in a more contemporary way.

Preeti Dubey said...

Such lovely and fun-full ideas!

Jill said...

Love all your creative ideas!!

Claudia said...

Awesome table, I am breaking out the Dremel and gonna get started now!!
I love Lucy's little face peaking over the table.
I appreciate your posts they are so inspiring!

Inna said...

Those are some great colors and patterns. I like the idea of spray painting lunch bags!!

Alayna said...
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Alayna said...

Love the votives in the driftwood. I came here after searching for similar ideas after reading this article ( that has a ton of great holiday table ideas.

Mary C. Nasser said...

Already looking forward to your January blogging course!
All signed up and ready to go! :)

barbara BI said...

Great great great ideas!!!!!

Georgia Milton said...

Gorgeous ideas! Love the candle holder! Very original!
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