DIY: Substitute Teacher: Haeley Giambalvo

December 11, 2012

Good morning Damask Lovers! Andrew and I are back from Arizona and getting back into the swing of city life! To help out with my transition, I’ve got an awesome Substitute Teacher who is going to take over and show you some very fun and thrifty crafting ideas. Her name is Haeley Giambalvo and she blogs at Design Improvised. Haeley is a super creative girl, who loves to create handmade home decor without spending big bucks.I am so excited to welcome Haeley as the first Substitute Teacher, so without any further delay, here we go! Be sure to leave Haeley some love!

Hi, I’m Haeley from Design Improvised and I’m thrilled to be guest blogging on Damask Love today! Some of you may have already hopped over to Design Improvised last week to see Amber’s guest post on her awesome lamp shade turned glittery vase. I am always looking for simple, inexpensive projects that make a big impact in your home, and Amber’s vase definitely fits the bill!

Now I’m here to share another easy decor project with you – a chic holiday tablescape using just a couple packages of paper bows from the dollar store:

The holidays are all about entertaining and I bet you’ll have family or friends over for a special meal over the coming weeks. This centerpiece allows you to dress up your table for literally $5 and 5 minutes to assemble! While I chose a Christmas color palette, you could just as easily use shades of blue for Hanukkah or metallic silver and gold for a New Years Eve dinner.

It is so simple to assemble the centerpiece there really isn’t a tutorial required. All you need to do is scatter a couple packages of paper bows down the middle of your table in a bit of a diagonal wave. I used around 60 bows for mine (two packs of 30 bows for $2.50 each).
For the rest of the table, you can get creative using the pieces you already have. I incorporated my red snowflake placemats from World Market  and green goblets from Crate and Barrel.
It’s also nice to leave a little surprise for your guests. I wrapped a tiny present of boxed chocolates for each place setting. To further personalize the presents, try attaching a name tag to the box to have them serve double duty as place cards, or find a different personalized gift for each guest.

The best part about this thrifty tablescape? Once your dinner is over, you can reuse all those bows for your holiday gift wrapping, or even better, why not make a fun wreath? It literally takes 30 minutes to make! Join me over at Design Improvised for a tutorial on creating a paper bow wreath of your own!
PHEW! Three crafts for just a few dollars that can be done in just a few minutes! That’s definitely my kind of crafting! To keep the theme of thrift tablescaping going, I’ve got an exclusive project over on the Damask Love Facebook Page that will add some impressive pizzazz to your holiday table. Here’s a peek:
Gilded Monstera Leaves

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