Tag Archives: Shabby Chic

Christmas Tea Tablescape Inspiration

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01) comes from The Country Basket which I think may end up being our main centerpiece for the table. Except instead of one main branch, we’ll have a vase of spray painted branches with gold ornaments hanging from them.
02) is by http://theslightlyobsessivebride.blogspot.com/ and is both ridiculously simple and a beautifully shabby chic accent. Simple pinecones gathered outside coated with metallic spray paint.
03) can be found on HGTV.com. I just want my entire house to look and feel like this.
04) is by Style Estate on their Top 100 Christmas Table Decorations, and could be easily replicated by painting or rolling candles in glitter glue, strands of metallic berries from places like Hobby Lobby or Michael’s, and a value pack of metallic ornaments from Wal-Mart.

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05) is from a “Fairy Tale Wedding” compilation by Burnett’s Boards, but would work perfectly for our tablescape as well. Another shabby chic accent similar to the gold spray painted pinecones.
06) is by Bonjade‘s magazine post Christmas in the French Inspired Home. I have a smaller nativity that looks very similar to this one, which is why it caught my eye for our tablescape.
07) was taken from Radostina Bosseva’s flickr page, which is perfect for reusing/recycling those pumpkins we may have still lying around. Once again, gold spray paint and another shabby chic accent.

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{DIY} Baby Jar Vases

These are the baby jar vases I created for Shiloh’s first birthday party (that I didn’t get photos of at her actual party). They were just too cute and chic to stow away with all my other saved glass jars, so I decided to add them to my kitchen window décor.

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These are stage-3 sized jars, which are a little taller than the standard size baby jars (stage-1 and stage-2). To clean them: I soaked the jars in hot soapy water for at least 30-minutes and scrubbed off the glue with a rough sponge (like the green side on the yellow and green sponges) with more dish soap. It took a bit of scrubbing, but once the glue started coming off it came off rather quickly. I’m sure glue removal gels like Goo-Gone would work well too; I just didn’t have any on hand and I’m cheap. I filled the jars with dried moss and added the flowers. These jars would also look pretty with burlap and/or lace added, if you wanted to further the shabby chic look of them. I love the simplicity of the plain glass and moss, but definitely will not rule out anything to change them up in the future.

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{DIY} Shabby Chic flower hair clip

I bought Shiloh a sweet little flower headband for Christmas this past year and after looking it over I was inspired to try to make my own. And after being able to make it myself I wanted to kick myself for actually paying for one…

So before any of you DIY fans make the same mistake, here’s the tutorial to my Shabby Chic flower:

First you’ll want to gather a scrap of fabric approximately 37in long. Cut it into 4 strips lengthwise, approximately 2cm wide. Iron the strips in half lengthwise, which will make them 1cm now. (I promise, it may be a little more time-consuming to iron the fold, but it will save you oh so much frustration in the end.)

To begin you’ll want to fold your first folded strip in half, like this:

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Dab a little of Mod Podge on the inside where you will start the curl. A DIYer’s best friend.

You could also use a hot glue gun, but seeing that glue is going to leak out on your fingers, hot glue probably isn’t your best option… Consider yourself warned.

As you curl the flower keep applying more dabs of MP every few turns.

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Once you come to the end of your strip, make a long dab of MP to make sure that it is glued down well. Continue the curl with the other 3 strips, but with the opposite end facing up. (For example, if you want the raw end to be the center, turn the other 3 strips folded side up; or vice versa. To me, it just gives the flower a little more detail.)

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The result should look like this:

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Now you’re going to use your flower to measure the backing where you will insert the clip.

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First of all, are you really surprised to see my yellow marker? Second, remember these? They’re the neckholes cut from my earlier {DIY} Refashed Baby Bibs post. Waste not, want not.

Measure the approximate width of the clip you’re going to be using, marking two slits where you will cut. Cut and insert clip.

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Apply a generous amount of MP to the backing as well as under the two outer sides of the clip to make sure they are secure.

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Once they’re dry, that’s it! I would give them overnight to dry just to be safe.

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Hope you enjoy!