Monday, November 25, 2013

Adding Some Sparkle to the Table

Hey there!  Hope you had a great weekend!  I certainly did!  So great that I kind of feel like I'm already on Thanksgiving break...which is not the case! I can't stop thinking ahead to the festivities scheduled later this week, and keep forgetting that I have a few more days of real life to get through first! 

If you read last week's post about what I'm loving right now, you know that I've been admiring these jewel encrusted spherical place card holders from Pottery Barn.  But even though they are on sale right now, I would need to buy two sets to fill out my eight-person dining room table. I can't justify spending over $50 on place card holders, so I've been brainstorming ideas to make a set of my own.

Initially, I planned to coat Styrofoam balls with spray adhesive, cover them with black glitter, and then adhere some tiny jewels on top. Which probably would have worked.  But then, I remembered that I had a whole container full of  some of my favorite things on standby for Christmas......shatterproof, glittery, Christmas balls! I bought a container of 41 of these for about $9, so using 8 of them as place card holders ends up costing about $1.75. 

You'll soon be seeing these in various colors all over the house.  I fill vases with them, put them on the tree, and use them in every other way I can think of!

Turning these Christmas ornaments into place card holders was so very easy.  I used a small hand saw to cut off the very bottom of the ball, allowing it to sit flat..

...and then used the same saw to cut a slit in the very top of the Christmas ball, so that the place card can slip right in there.

This extreme close-up make it appear as if a lot of the glitter was removed when I made my cut in the top of the ball.  In person, that's not the case at all. 

I finished by adding in a simple place card that I drew myself using a metallic marker and ink pen. I love that you could insert any type of place card that you like! I'm loving how it look as is, so I'm going to hold off on adding jewels on top for now.  I think doing so might be messing with a good thing.

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  1. You are a genius! Come redo my home!

  2. LOVE! I have this cool piece of wood that is screaming not to be burned up in my fire place but I'm at a loss of what to do. I'm going to post it. Maybe you could give me direction. :). You are so crafty!

  3. What a great idea! I was just thinking today that I need to find me some cute place card holders. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Ooh I love a great knockoff, and this one is awesome! What a genius idea! Thank you so much for linking up at Get Your DIY On! I hope to see you tonight at 7 EST to link up your holiday wreaths and door decor! Have a great week!

    ~Abby =)