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Quick and easy DIY tips for setting a Delft-inspired table

15 Mar 2016

At the recent 30 Days of Food + Home Expo, visitors were treated to various DIY demonstrations, especially when it comes to setting a stylish and unique table and making your own decorations.

By following these easy and quick tips and tricks, you can set the perfect Delft-inspired table to impress friends and family over the Easter holidays.

All taking less than 30 minutes, these perfect bite-sized DIY projects can be tackled by anyone - no matter your craft skill level.

Even better, you don’t need special equipment or expensive gear to pull it off.

If you missed the expo, don’t despair - we got the lowdown and can share a few tips and tricks on how you can set the perfect Delft-inspired table to impress friends and family over the Easter holidays.

Here’s how to set your Delft-inspired table and make super-quick and easy DIY table decorations from the 30 Days of Food + Home Expo:

Everything Delft

The creative team from ideas magazine came up with this stylish and stunning setup, using their trademark upcycling approach to create something truly special.

By adding a modern twist to the classic style and using a plain white table cloth and crockery, you can set an eye-catching, contemporary feature table.

By adding a modern twist to the classic style and using a plain white table cloth and crockery, you can set an eye-catching, contemporary Delft-inspired feature table. The upcycled milk cartons and soda cans add a unique flair to your table.

Firstly, you will need to find a picture of a Delft design you like - either online or by taking a picture of a patterned plate. You can now print this out to create unique placemats. If you laminate these you can reuse them as often as you want.

The creative team used rose gold cutlery, as well as vintage-style glasses with gold detail, to bring out the blue and white and enhance the overall look. I am sure silver will have the same effect if you have trouble finding rose gold cutlery.

For an extra touch of blue, they added blue vintage-style wine glasses.

And now for the fun part. The team demonstrated how you can make your own unique table decorations by upcycling soda cans and milk cartons. It sounds strange, but really came out beautifully and these are super-easy to make.

You will need empty rinsed out soda cans and milk cartons, white paint, a little gold paint, modge podge, smaller printed out vintage portrait paintings and Delft designs (big enough to wrap around the cans) and Delft designs (to be used as accents on the milk cartons).

Pretty milk carton vases:

To make your guests feel extra special you can print out a menu for each incorporating a few Delft designs. For name place cards, use plain white paper printed with a Delft accent. If you make these by hand, simply glue delft accents onto the menus and name place cards.

1. Start of by painting the milk cartons white. The team used spray paint, but you can use whatever paint you have available.

2. Once the paint has dried, glue the Delft designs to the carton with the modge podge. You can gently press out air bubbles with your fingers.

3. Apply a layer of modge podge over the entire carton and leave to dry. After about one day, apply another layer to ensure the cartons are waterproof and reusable.

4. The team dabbed a smidge of gold paint around the cartons’ opening for that added special touch.

Vintage art cans:

The team used 250ml cans for this project.

1. Cut your chosen picture to wrap around the can and use modge podge to glue it on.

2. Apply a layer of modge podge over the entire can. Apply another layer after about one day to ensure the picture is adequately waterproofed.

3. The team suggested slightly denting a few of the cans to give it a worn and authentic look.

Now you have unique decorations to adorn your Delft table.

The team placed a single white orchard in each carton, as well as a single flower in a few of the cans, and arranged these at different places around the table to accentuate the overall look.

DIY giant paper rose:

To add that extra special touch, the team demonstrated how to make your own giant paper rose. You will need slightly thicker, textured A4 papers, one printed with a Delft motif, scissors, a glue gun, white florist tape and stick.

To add that extra special touch, the team demonstrated how to make your own giant paper rose.

You will need slightly thicker, textured A4 papers, one printed with a Delft motif, scissors, a glue gun, white florist tape and stick.

1. As big as you can, draw a tear-shaped petal on three of the pages and heart-shaped petals on seven. Note: the petals should have blunt - and not sharp - bases to make gluing them easier. One of the petals should be on the Delft paper to add an accent.

2. Cut out the petals and curl the rounded edges. You can use the stick to do this. Simply roll the edges around the stick and stretch. You only want to slightly curl the edges to create a natural-looking petal.

3. With the glue gun, start arranging and gluing the petals around the stick - a few centimetres below one of the ends. Use the tear-shaped petals first. You can fold and bend these to hide the point of the stick. Build out the petals to form a natural-looking rose.

4. The team used white florist tape - wrapping it around the stick - to create a white stem.

5. You can cut out leave-shaped forms and glue them around the base of the rose to create base leaves.

6. You can also add a leaf or two to the stem of the rose.

Voila. Now you just place the rose at the end of the table for that unique touch.

To make your guests feel extra special you can print out a menu for each incorporating a few Delft designs. For name place cards, use plain white paper printed with a Delft accent. If you make these by hand, simply glue delft accents onto the menus and name place cards.

Now you can set a beautiful Delft-inspired table to impress your friends and family this Easter. Have fun! - Ula van Zyl

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Ula van Zyl

Ula van Zyl

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