Black Snowflakes On My Christmas Table

by Mia

Black snowflakes on my Grandmother's white tablecloth

Black snowflakes on my Grandmother's white tablecloth

Black snowflakes on my Grandmother's white tablecloth
A vew of the entire Christmas table, set for two
Bird's eye view of the snowflake patterns
Snowflake tea lights

I will be hosting several small pre-Christmas dinner parties and was looking for a simple yet effective table decoration. I don't like centerpieces because they always get in the way of the food!

So I decided to cut 'snowflakes', spray them with black gloss paint and place them under glasses, candlesticks and tealights.

I made the snowflakes from plain printer paper.

I thought that would be the lazy option, but it turned out to be very hard to cut through up to 8 layers of folded printer paper! The paper kept sliding ... I kept messing up the pattern ... nerves started fraying ... not good!

In the end I took a craft knife to get the job done.

I sprayed each 'snowflake' with several layers of paint (with drying periods in-between), in an open cardboard box with crumpled paper on the bottom (this makes it easier to pick the snowflake up after spraying).

I also sprayed some strips of black card and glued them around a few tea lights. To keep the heat off my Grandmother's tablecloth, I made corrugated cardboard 'padding' (two layers), and glued it to the bottom of the tealights. Once a light is burned out, you can just drop a new candle into the old aluminum shell.

I'm happy with the look of my Christmas table setting, but if I could start over, I would go and buy some black tissue paper.

Because that would have been the REAL lazy option!!! Tissue paper is SO much easier and quicker to cut. I could have saved myself several hours of messing around with a blade and spray paint. Not to mention excessive ill humour (during and after :-)

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Simplicity and creativity
by: Sonia

Stunning and original, sleek and elegant!

Stunning idea!
by: Jenny

What a stunner of an idea. Love it.

You're right ...
by: Mia

... astromiyoko, the spray paint gives them a sort of 'metallic' sheen, and makes them feel more substantial. Obviously, I wouldn't have achieved that with tissue paper!

On the other hand, I really hated to waste so much spray paint. Most of it went into the box, not onto the snowflakes (they consist mostly of HOLES :-)

I'm sure there must be a way to die-cut fine metal snowflakes? Great idea!

by: astromiyoko

i'm with you - centerpieces always look good in magazine pics but practically speaking they just don't work for me. your idea is beautiful - in the pics, they look as if they were cut from a thin metal. very very nice.

by: Sharon

This is gorgeous. Thanks for the 'how-to' tips as well! You've saved me tons of time!

Great look!
by: Renate

Thank you for sharing this idea, Mia! It looks beautiful, very low key and elegant. Your dinner guests will be impressed!

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