Ever wonder how they make those table garlands that you see on tables at restaurants or at weddings? I’m going to show you just how easy they are to make. And I’m going to show you how to make it very inexpensively! This Table Garland Centerpiece is not only very romantic, but just a little bit Shabby Chic. But, by changing the flowers & candle color, you can make it fit into any decor.
I’ve been planning a Shabby Chic Tablescape for quite some time now. I’ve had the idea bouncing around in my head, and when a very dear friend gave me a lace bed skirt that she couldn’t use, it all came together. The bed skirt was still in its original packaging! Yards of beautiful lace. She thought that maybe I could use the fabric. Well, use it I did!
The bottom part of the bed skirt was just long enough to add to place mats that I wanted to make for a Shabby Chic, Pretty in Pink Tablescape.
I’ve had a little brass & glass table since the 80’s. It’s one of those pieces that is small enough to be used almost anywhere. I’ve used it in the den, the bedroom, the bathroom & even outside. When I first got it, it was brass. Since then it has been brass, black, charcoal, white & silver. It needed a little makeover. But this time, instead of just painting the legs, I did something a little different.
Whether you call them Victorian, Beaded, or Shabby Chic, these ornaments are so pretty & they look a lot harder to make than they are. It’s just some ribbon, lace, beads, sequins & pins. (and a little patients) It’s how you put it together that makes the ornament. And that’s so easy.
I’m serious, it’s easy. Let me show you how I made mine!
When I give a gift to someone, I like to have the wrapping do double duty. If it’s a larger gift, I always try to use a fabric shopping bag instead of a paper one that people will eventually throw out. (Walmart has some really pretty ones for only 88 cents in their accessories section) When I give a smaller gift, I try to make sure that the packaging is as useful as the gift. That’s why I decorate so many small wooden boxes. Call it an Altered Box or a Shabby Chic Box, it’s just something that I like to decorate.
Here’s my latest Shabby Chic Gift Box that will be perfect for a piece of jewelry.
When you’re a crafter & people know it, they sometimes give you things thinking that you can do something with it. This project started with a friend giving me a pair of gold & glass cherub lamps that someone had given her. She thought of me because I’m always creating something. I’m going to get 2 or 3 projects from this pair of lamps. Here’s my first one:
I wanted to make a special gift for a friend’s grand-daughter’s first birthday. And since I always have Christmas on my mind, I thought that a Christmas ornament that was personalized would be a nice gift. I wanted it to be a ‘girly-girl’ gift, so I went with Shabby Chic. And while I was at it, I may as well make more than one. It’s always nice to have extra gifts on hand. Well, this is what I made:
And this is how I made them:
My mother-in-law gave me this candelabra when we were first married. It’s now 22 years old. It was gold plated & absolutely beautiful. But with time, the gold plating was coming off & it was starting to look a little worse for wear. I wanted to use it, but it needed help. So, I did the unthinkable. I painted it. It has gone from a gold candelabra to a Shabby Chic Candelabra! And all it took was a little paint, some crystals & a little patients.
This is how I did it. Continue reading