TOP LEFT: DIP-DYED GARLAND
Tear a bedlinen into small rectangles (for a straight tear, start it with a small cut in the fabric). Mix some paint and water together. Then, fold all of the rectangles in half and dip the ends halfway down into the dye. Once they’re dry, tie the rectangles around a long piece of twine at regular intervals and you’ve got yourself a garland! “This garland doesn’t scream party. I’d leave it up to enjoy it all summer long,” says Agnes.
TOP RIGHT: PAPER FANS
Accordian-fold a large piece of MÅLA paper (the bigger the piece of paper, the larger the fan). Then start cutting! To make sure your pattern is symmetrical, cut the same pattern on both ends of the paper in about the same place. Then, tie a piece of string around the middle. Fan out each side and tape the ends of the paper together. And follow Agnes’ tip: “You just need a few of these hung above the table to add some visual impact to your hanging garland,” says Agnes.
BOTTOM LEFT: POPCORN CONES
Cut a few rectangular sections of gift wrapping paper – enough for half the number of guests that are invited. Then cut the sheets in half again (now you have enough for all your guests!). Fold the paper into a cone shape and tape the outside edge down. Finally, trim the top edges to get a clean cone shape. “I like to put a few in a large glass or vase to serve them. That way, they won’t spill out all over the dinner plates,” says Agnes.
BOTTOM RIGHT: POTATO PRINT TABLECLOTH
Cut a simple leaf shape onto a potato with a small knife. Next, get your paint ready and set up a damp sponge nearby. Dip the potato into the paint, then onto the damp sponge, and then make your print onto the tablecloth. As Agnes says: “There’s no right way to do it, just do what feels right!”
Three more easy add-ons
You’ve got the base set with those four DIYs, but Agnes came up with three more tips that help to add that finishing touch to your table.
“Instead of buying cut flowers for your centrepiece, you can put out your potted plants as decorations. They’ll give you that green feeling you’re after, but will last far longer.”
“Skip the paper napkins and use your tea towels instead. Just fold your towels into thirds and use a piece of string, a clip or curtain ring to form a classy rosette. And instead of placecards, use some decorative tape to write each guest’s initial at the top of their plate.”
“And who can forget confetti?! It’s quick and easy to make your own – just gather up old magazines, catalogues and newspapers and start punching.”
Now, all you have to do is wait for the guests to arrive. <3