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5 Crafts to Make Your Next Dinner Party Extra Special

Take your hosting prowess to the next level with these crafty décor ideas.

5 Crafts to Make Your Next Dinner Party Extra Special

1 Tassel garland

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Add some easy DIY charm to your party by stringing up homemade tassel garland. Simply fold your tissue paper twice, and then cut strips into the non-folded side. Unfold your paper once and cut it in half, then unfold again. You should have strips cut into both sides now. Roll your paper and twist the centre into a loop, and then glue it in place. Try using gold and silver papers, such as the Lia Griffith Metallic Crepe Paper for a true party feel.

2 Custom stamped napkins

It’s the little things that bring a table arrangement together, and these beautifully stamped napkins are sure to do the trick. All you’ll need to do is iron out your napkins, ink up your stamps and press them down firmly – a Stamping Acrylic Block helps if you’re using silicone stamps. Once your design is complete, use an iron to set the ink. Why not try stamping your placemats to match?

3 Crepe paper rose buds

Flowers are the perfect finishing touch for the table, but if you want to be sure your centrepiece will look just as good in a month’s time, why not try creating your own bouquet out of crepe paper? Roses are relatively easy to make, so this is a great craft to start with, but make sure you’re stocked up with florist supplies first – try the Fleurs Accessories Pack. Follow the template here to cut your crepe pieces, and then curl the petals with scissors and attach them to floral wires with glue and floral tape. Voilà!

4 Wine glass candle holders

Use a couple of old wine glasses turned upside down to light up a room at your next party. Let your creativity go wild with an array of designs for different occasions. For a shabby chic look, wrap twine around the wine glass and then glue strips of lace, pearls and die cut flowers overtop. A more festive design can be achieved by filling the wine glass with mini Christmas baubles and adding a dash of sparkle from Crafter’s Companion Iridescent Spray and Sparkle and a red bow around the stem. Just top with a candle, attached with a dot of glue or hot wax, to finish the look.

5 Place cards

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What better way to surprise your guests than with handmade place cards? Cut out strips of watercolour paper to wrap around your napkins, and then paint with watercolours. Once this has dried, you can work your calligraphy magic on top, or if that’s not your forte you can fake a calligraphy look. All you have to do is print out your names in a script font, cut them out and then colour over the back with a soft pencil. Place this on top of your watercoloured paper and trace over the name. When you lift it up, your name will have transferred onto the watercolour paper. Simple!