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Who loves to clean? I love to have a clean house but you know the more I seem to clean, the more messes seem to replicate. Seriously, I am not sure where they all come from. Okay, so maybe that isn’t true, I have four children y’all and they like to make messes. So as much as I don’t necessarily love to clean, I have just had to come to reality that it is a part of life. If you stop over, my house will not be perfectly clean, because we are busy living life.
With that said, we live at our old kitchen table. It is has been greatly loved and it certainly shows. It likely be replaced this upcoming year, but we have made so many memories at our kitchen table. When the table is clean and clutter-free it just gives me a little peace. Although we have a lot of clutter piles scattered throughout our house, it secretly gives me anxiety so I love it when the table is clean.
With the change of each season, the children beg to decorate the table. A little voice inside me usually cries a little because it usually starts as something nice and then ends up in a mess rather quickly. So this time, we talked about options and decided we would create a simple winter tablescape but would do so in a way that the table could still be easily cleaned. That meant keeping it simple and directly in the center of the table.
I did some brainstorming and decided to use many things I had on hand already, but would be inexpensive even if you needed to buy it all. If you needed to purchase the supplies, it would cost about $10 to create something similar. I love using burlap so I decided to use burlap trimmed in white lace.
The children wanted to help out, as they always love to, so we set out to collect acorns to paint. I would suggest placing them in a bag in your freezer for a day or two to prevent unwanted visitors from visiting with the acorns if that kind of thing bothers you.
We carefully pulled the tops off of the acorns so we could paint them different colors. The children choose to use a glitter silver and a white paint from the options I gave them. I would suggest painting a second coat if you do not want any of the brown to show through but as this was the task the children completed, I decided to leave them as they painted them. Then set them aside to dry overnight.
The following day, I used a hot glue gun to place a small circle of glue on the top of the acorn before firmly pressing the top of the acorn, or hat as the children called them, onto the glue. (Please be careful whenever you use a hot glue gun; they are hot and can indeed burn.)
Burlap & Lace Table Runner
To create the table runner, I used a quilt cutting guide I had and cut my runner just over 6″ wide by the length of my table. Then I carefully used my hot glue gun to glue the lace onto the edges. Since the burlap frays, after the glue is dried I trimmed the edges so that I didn’t have strings hanging out from underneath the lace.
It was truly simple and took about 15 minutes to complete, most for the cutting of the burlap.
Lacey Mason Jar Hurricanes
I thought about purchasing new glass hurricanes and then decided I really would like the look of my mason jars better. I really am a mason jar kinda gal and these have history and stories to tell. I used my antique aqua mason jars but you could use clear ones, dye them yourself, purchase some or simply use something you already own.
I started my measuring the amount of lace I would need to go all the way around the top threads. Then I places a dab of hot glue in the front center to hold the lace on, followed by another dab of glue on the back to hold one side of the lace and then matched up the second side and adhered it with a small amount of glue.
Lastly, I added a very thin piece of ribbon followed by a small bow that I attached with hot glue. Simple and yet so adorable. Now you can add a layer of painted acorns to the bottom of each jar followed by a small votive candle.
Burlap Placemats & Utensil Holders
These were also super easy, and most of the time was simply cutting the burlap. I laid the plate on my burlap and measured about the size I would want for my placemats. I chose 10″ tall by 16″ and then hot glued the lace down one side to give it a simple look.
Bringing it all Together
As we were setting the mason jars on the table runner, we decided we wanted to scatter a few painted acorns between each jar. It helped highlight the acorns in the jar that the children were very proud of and didn’t make the table a total mess.
The table runner is just wide enough for the centerpieces but also narrow enough that after we are finished eating we can remove the plates, placemats, silverware, enough food to feed a small child and all the mess and still clean the table! That is a huge score for this Mama! I am loving the new Scotch-Brite® Scrubbing Dish Cloth that takes cleaning to a whole new level, including tackling stuck on messes, which we often have!
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