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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Sparkly Skully Napkin Rings



Hello Happy Haunters!!  It's almost time for Halloween, and today I have a very cool and simple tutorial perfect for the occasion. 


If you are an ardent fan of table setting and/or tablescaping for each holiday, you know that coordinating colors and a theme are great elements for achieving a knock-your-socks-off setting.  For 2017's Halloween, I went with a theme inspired by Manic Panic's Shocking Blue.  I also wanted everything in my setting to coordinate perfectly.  I couldn't really find napkin holders that suited me or were the perfect shade of blue, and then Mr. Parsimonious (being the Mad-Scientist GENIUS he is, lol), suggested that we try to make own!  This was an easy and super fun project.  You will need:


Clear polyester casting resin
Glitter of your color choice
Catalyst for setting
A mold (mine was from The 99¢ Store)
A Ventilator to protect you from the fumes
A small disposable container (bowl or cup) for mixing
A wooden popsicle stick or tongue depressor
½-inch wide elastic of your color choice
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Scissors




I originally purchased these dandy little skully molds for candy making, but they were also perfect for this project because A) they have lots of creepy-cool detail and B) they are very inexpensive, so molding casting resin in them wouldn't be a tremendous loss.



Begin by mixing the casting resin and catalyst together according to the package directions.  Make sure you are in a well-ventilated area or are wearing protective gear!!  Add glitter until you achieve the color you desire. Don't be afraid to play around and experiment until you get the color you want. Pour the mixture into molds (please excuse the Mad Scientist's Lab, lol).  Allow the resin to set according to the package directions.


Remove your completed skulls from the molds.  Pretty neat!


I knew I would be using black napkins for my setting, and this amount of glitter (after a bit of trial and error) was close enough to Manic Panic's Shocking Blue, and still showed up nicely against the black.



Cut the elastic into small strips large enough to hold a napkin.  I used my finger to measure a small loop, and used it as a template for the rest.




Bead a small amount of hot glue onto the back of your skull.  Glue the small rings of elastic onto the back.


Violà!!


Shown here with the napkins:


Here is a picture I snapped with my IPad.  Although it doesn't represent the true color, this photo does showcase the detail of the holders.



These holders were a perfectly complimentary addition to my Manic Panic Shocking Blue tablescape.




If you would like to see these used in the setting along with all the other details of my 2017 Halloween tablescape, you may visit the post on my blog Parsimonious Décor Darling here.


You may also view them used in my video posted via Instagram here:



If you have enjoyed this project, you can pin it here for future reference:


Have a Hauntingly Happy Halloween!!



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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Simple Spring Infused Hanging Baskets


Hello, friends in bloggerland and beyond!  Spring will arrive quite soon, and there's nothing like a simple craft to add a bit of seasonal cheer!  Today, I am sharing a very easy Spring craft anyone can do and it is a no-brainier.  I hope you enjoy the post!

To make two hanging baskets, you will need:

Two very large baskets
Faux Spring floral foliage.  I love tulips for this!
Wired burlap ribbon
Hemp thread
Hot glue gun and sticks.


I began this project by carefully choosing what type of baskets I would use. I decided to use these beautifully rustic baskets which are flat on one side because they would look much more streamlined.


Fill the basket full of Spring foliage.  Trim or fold stems to fit.


On the top of each basket, I added a simple burlap bow and hot glued it into place.



A bit of hemp thread was woven through the rear of the basket for hanging.  Arrange and fluff flowers, hot glue any stubborn flowers that wish to remain open.




Voilà!  I said it was a no-brainer!


Shot of the left


and right


To see these guys featured along with my other 2016 beginning of Spring décor, you may visit the post on my other blog Parsimonious Décor Darling by clicking here.

I hope you are keeping warm!

Where to buy:
Baskets, TaiPan Trading
Florals, Michael's Crafts 
Burlap, Hobby Lobby



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Monday, December 21, 2015

DIY Opulent Charger Plates

When setting a fabulous table, the accoutrement are just as important as the tablescaper's style.  A few weeks ago while planning my Christmas tablescape for 2015, I was at my local Hobby Lobby when I came across these burlap covered chargers.




Although more rustic than what I wanted to work with this year, I still liked the idea.  It appeared that the burlap had been glued onto plain chargers.  I decided to give making my own a try.  

To make chargers, you will need:

Plastic charger plates
A fabric of your choice
ModgePodge 
Paintbrush
Very sharp scissors
A sharp Exacto knife or cutting tool

I began with this beautiful brocade fabric.



The reverse is gorgeous too, but I decided I liked the pattern where the gold was more prevalent, because I was making these for Christmas.



I had these inexpensive chargers on-hand that I knew I'd likely not use again without painting or upgrading them somehow.  They are definitely showing their age!




I coated each charger plate generously with ModgePodge using a paintbrush to paint it on.



Gently press the fabric into the charger plate.  Once the fabric is semi-dry, use scissors to cut away.  When completely dry, use the Exacto to remove any frays.


*****Hindsight tip.  It was not necessary to ModgePodge over the top of the fabric.  Believe it or not, it caused the fabric not to adhere as well, and it also compromised the color.  



All set!



To see these brocaded chargers featured in my 2015 Christmas tablescape, you may do so by visiting the post on my blog Parsimonious Décor Darling here.  This project was easy, and you likely can use any fabric!  I may even try tartan plaid for next year!





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Sunday, October 4, 2015

Simple Yet Elegant Coffin Place Settings


 
 
When one thinks of Halloween, there are always themes that are tried-and-true.  Traditional themes like vampires, ghosts and goblins, mummies, Frankenstein....et cetera have been around for years and years.  For this year's Halloween tablescape, I thought it would be great to have a mini coffin at each setting designating guests where to sit.  I wanted to add a bit of elegance to the coffins, and I did so by adding fabric liners to each.  Here is my process:
 
You will need:
 
Mini coffins
Black spray paint (contingent upon stock of your coffins)
Dark red fabric such as velvet or a very wide ribbon of the same color
Matching embroidery thread
Quilt batting
Plastic mesh needlepoint canvas
Scissors
Hot glue gun and glue sticks
Sharpie pen or crayon
Piece of paper
 
I began this project with several mini coffins from my local Michael's Crafts.  These coffins were plain and ready to paint.  Michael's does offer a pre-painted version, but they only had one in black, and I was a little pressed for time, so I didn't want to order or drive an hour to the next location.  I digress....

 
They are cute, aren't they?  They are available in different shapes, but I preferred this traditional coffin style.

 
I spray painted them all black.
 
 
Once the painting was done, I laid the coffins on the needlepoint canvas

 
and drew a template using a sharpie pen.

 
Trial and error tip:  I found that tracing with the sharpie pen made the template too big of course, because the canvas needed to fit inside.  It took a bit of trimming down with the scissors to get the canvas just the right size.  After using the sharpie to complete the first, I found that using a crayon to sketch over the opening of the coffin and using that as a template instead was a much more accurate method.



I used the first of these to template as many others as I needed, making sure to cut out each template first a little larger, and carefully trimming where needed.  You can always take more away....you can never put it back!  :)


 
Once all my canvases were complete,


 
I wanted to give each lining a little oomph by adding quilt batting.



  I cut out a piece of batting for each,


 
and trimmed them to size.

 
I laid each piece on my wide ribbon,

 
and using a coordinating embroidery thread,


 
added tufts to the lining by placing little knots sporadically down the length of my coffin template.
 
 
This process turned out to be really time-intensive, so in the end, I omitted this step.  Also, if you look at the top of my liner here, the tufts are almost not noticeable.  I believe if you'd like to keep this step, the tufts would show up better if you used a contrasting color like black.
 
 
For the last step, I folded in and hot glued all the sides down just before placing each liner into its coffin (with the uglier sides facing down).

 
It was easy to give some plain coffins a bit of added elegance, and in addition to place settings, these could be used as invitations as well for a Halloween wedding or soirée....or any fabulous macabre get-together!  To see these featured in my 2015 Día de Los Muertos Halloween Tablescape, you may visit the post on my blog Parsimonious Décor Darling here.
 
 

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