Decorate your holiday table the DIY way.

Holiday dinners can be daunting for some, but we have the perfect DIY solution to making your holiday dinner table look like a million bucks for under $30. We love to mix old and new items to create cozy living spaces. Found objects, vintage heirlooms, salvage finds and new styles can be mixed  to create the perfect dinner table for anyone. See what we shared on-air with Indy Style here.

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Here’s the list of supplies you will need:

  • Brown craft paper can be found in the painter’s aisle at Lowes for about $4.00 or you can buy it  by the foot at United Art and Education.
  • Scissors
  • Washi tape or Scotch brand glitter tape (I found mine at Office Max on sale for $3.00 and it took two rolls to frame my placemats)
  • Holiday plates and napkins (they can be paper or fine china; or anything in between)
  • Vintage music sheets, comic books, magazines to be used as placemats (I found mine at a vintage store, but I bet your grandma has some hiding in that old piano bench)
  • Holiday ribbon ( I found my ribbon at JoAnn Fabrics 60% off)
  • Jar Jewels (those festive toppers used to dress up ball jars). I also found mine at JoAnn’s for 60% off.

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  1. First, cut your craft brown paper to size for the table. This will provide the “table cloth” backdrop to adhere the music page “placemats”.
  2. Select a music book and remove the staples to free the pages from the book.
  3. Tape edges of music sheets to brown paper table cloth to create each place setting.
  4. This is the fun part; you can use mis-matched china, vintage plates, chargers (from the dollar store) or paper plates. I personally love the paper plate option because then we don’t have to clean dishes after the meal! Shown here is my favorite set of silver chargers I found in a vintage shop paired with paper plates I found at Kroger on the dollar rack. I also found the coordinating napkins.
  5. I like to mix and match glassware. Again, it depends on how much clean-up work you want. My personal favorite thing this season was creating spill-proff glasses for the kiddos with old ball jars. Here, I found Jar Jewels at JoAnn Fabrics on the 60% off aisle. They matched my dollar paper plates and napkins!
  6. Last, I took my everyday topiaries and tied a coordinating bow around them. I just repurposed those as my holiday centerpieces. If you have a live tree, check with the tree farm or Lowes and ask if you can have some of the evergreen scraps to accent the center of your table. I have never had one of them tell me no. Add some votives along the center, and you have an instant holiday dinner table.


What’s great is you can put a few crayons by the kiddos’ spots and they can draw on the paper to keep entertained, or you you can customize each setting with scripting the names above each plate, write out inspiring quotes or scriptures. Make it your own and don’t sweat picking up after the mess. All you have to do is roll up the paper and the mess, toss it and skate out of dish duty!



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