Wednesday, 24 December 2014

Tis The Season... To Be Crafting

Happy Christmas Eve!

The turkey has been collected early this morning, the presents delivered, I have festive heart-shaped brownies and mince pies baking in the oven as we speak... Ahh I just love this time of year! 

For my final festive post in this series, I thought I would show you guys exactly what I've been up to in regards to the crafty side of Christmas. This is the first year that I've really been bothered to make the Christmas table a little more unique and personal, so I've put together a couple of table decorations for you. And where do I go for inspiration? Pinterest, of course!
Way back at the start of November we went on a dog walk and found a huge pine tree. It was then we had the idea to collect a load of them and take them home to get creative. Little did we know just how massive these pinecones would grow once they had dried out. So with their lovely Autumnal colours and mismatched shapes, we decided we would make them into place settings. We bought some cheap metallic gold spray paint from our local craft shop (toy shops sell them too, I found), grabbed a box and some latex gloves, and sprayed until our heart's content. Left for 30 minutes - with a window open, fumes are a killer - and we had some lovely golden pinecones, ready to pop onto our white and gold themed tables! The place cards were created on Photoshop and simply printed onto white card. If you're catering for a large brood (we have 20 on Saturday, eek!) then this is a cost-effective way to organise your tables.
A spur of the moment idea, we decided that with all the huge pinecones, wine glasses, dishes of vegetables, sauces and gravy boats on the tables, we definitely wouldn't have enough space for elaborate centrepieces on every table. We came up with these little votive dishes, stuffed with fake fir and sprinkled with raw cranberries for a different take on the candleholder. We're also planning on using floating tea lights and filling mason jars up with water and cranberries. They're small enough that they're not in the way, but a good size to create a little festive atmosphere on the dinner table. 

So I would just like to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and I hope you really spoil yourselves this festive season! 
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  1. Those candles and pine cone place holders look beautiful, the perfect homemade touches!
    Hope you have a very lovely Christmas,
    Emma xo // Wallflower Wardrobe

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    1. Thank you Emma, hope you had a lovely Christmas! Xx

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  2. aw this all looks beautiful!

    from helen at thelovecatsinc.com

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  3. The table decorations are lovely. I can't wait to see your post about the day itself. Have a great Christmas.

    Raise The Waves

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    1. Thank you Mel - the real big day is tomorrow so hope all goes well! Hope you had a great Christmas! Xx

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  4. Love your table! The idea of the pinecones is very cute. My mum used to spray them golden as well, but she put them under the tree!

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    1. Thanks Carla - such a cute idea isn't it! Xx

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  5. This is such a lovely post to read! Very inspiring! x

    http://theperksofmeg.blogspot.co.uk/

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  6. Wish I had seen this before Christmas! Those candles look lovely and so simple to create x

    Through New Eyes | Beauty Blog

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