Happy Holidays Everyone! This is Corey from Sawdust2Stitches and I am excited to be back with some MORE awesome tips and tricks for the Holiday Season. (If you recall last month I showed you how to decorate a designer tree with a Dollar Tree price tag; you can read all about it here. ) If you are entertaining over the Holidays, and really want to impress your guests, then this is a must read! I can show you how to make a Pottery Barn Inspired tablescape with purchases mainly from the Dollar Tree!
How to Create a Beautiful Holiday Tablescape on a Budget
Step 1: Table Runner
I started with a table runner. It breaks up the space and creates a visual weight to the centerpiece.
If you don’t already have one, then here is what I would suggest. I purchased a $5.00 twin size flat sheet from Walmart! ( Obviously, I purchased red.) This requires a “beginner level” of sewing. I made my table runner 16″ wide. The length of your table runner will be determined by the size of your table. It is a simple turn over hem. If you need more instructions, there are basic hem instructions here.
While you have your sewing machine out…. I had plenty of extra fabric leftover; with the excess fabric I made all of my napkins as well! I made six standard size napkins (16″x16″). There was still leftover fabric to make additional napkins if needed.
Step 2: Focal Point (of the centerpiece).
For the centerpieces I found berry garland at the Dollar Tree ( it was QUITE UGLY, I wish I had take a “before” picture). With the help of white spray paint I fixed that. Once DRY , I lined vases with the garland.
Step 3: Add Garland
In order to beef up the centerpiece I used $1.98 pine garland from Walmart. For only $2.00 I was able to fill a lot of space.
Step 4: Dimension and Variation
I wanted to incorporate a little more white to the base. You can do this by either using canned spray snow, or making these “Frosted Branches”. There are a lot of different approaches to making these. I used the cheapest option, which consisted of sticks/or fake branches, white spray paint, hot glue gun , and epsom salt!
It is a little time consuming, and they really don’t last for more than one season, but for CHEAP/free I will take it!
Step 5: Fill the Vases
I wanted to add vertical lines to the centerpiece. I opted for sticks. Yup, sticks. I just went in the back yard and used some from the yard.
For the finishing touch, I used two stems of decorative berries, and ripped them apart so I could use the individual berries. I then wired each berry to different sticks, to add a pop of color to the branches. I LOVE the look it created.
Step 6 : Place Mats
To keep this cheap, I used brown packaging paper from Dollar Tree. You will typically find it in rolls (like wrapping paper). I cut the pieces up to create place mats. I cut mine about 12″x16″. Easy Peasy!
Step 7: Napkin Holder/Name Cards
As you recall, we already made all the napkins up in Step 1. Next, we need to make them pretty, and add some personal touches. I purchased the chalkboard name tags from the Dollar section at Target, it included 8 for $1.00. I then purchased a 10 pack of snowflakes from the Dollar Tree for $1.oo, along with a roll of jute/twine, for also $1.00.
Step 8: Finishing Touches
I meant it when I said I purchased EVERYTHING but the silver ware. I was able to buy the plates and the glasses from the Dollar Tree. I also picked up a 6 pack of pine cones, and two $1.00 packs of ornaments from the Dollar Tree, that I placed in the glasses, and then added some of the ornaments to the center garland.
- Table Runner/ 6 Napkins = $5.00 ( Walmart)
- 3 strands of garland = $3.00 (Dollar Tree)
- 3 vases = $3.00 ( Dollar Tree & Garage Sale)
- cheap spray paint = $ 1.00 (Walmart)
- Garland = $2.00 (Walmart)
- Epson Salt = $1.00 ( Dollar Tree)
- Twine = $1.00 (Dollar Tree
- Snowflakes = $1.00 (Dollar Tree)
- Name Tags = $1.00 (Target)
- 2 packages of Ornaments = $2.00 (Dollar Tree)
- 6 plates = $6.00 (Dollar Tree)
- 6 glasses = $6.00 ( Dollar Tree)
- 6 pack Pine Cones = $1.00 (Dollar Tree)
- Packaging Paper = $1.00 (Dollar Tree)
$34.00 for EVERYTHING except the silverware.
If you are using your own plates and glasses it is only $22.00!
Corey is the voice and grunt labor behind Sawdust 2 Stitches, she freely professes, that she has a problem... She CANNOT leave well enough alone.
She can typically be found hunched over a sewing machine and/or covered in sawdust. All in the effort to create a perfect balance of aesthetics and practicality in her home.