A few easy upcycle projects for your festive table

If you’re anything like me, you maybe love to make a huge fuss of your family during the holidays. If you’re getting together for a special meal on Boxing Day or New Year’s Eve this is a lovely way to make it an occasion.

Hand painted red berries enhance Oak Leaves stencil by Annie Sloan

I upcycled this plain tablecloth (you could easily use a plain cotton flat sheet) to create a traditional red and green backdrop for our table. Me and Mr Mendes are huge fans of traditional Victorian Christmas colours and have a tree in each room and a swag over the fireplace so to complement that styling, I used the Oak Leaves stencil by Annie Sloan. It’s a lovely repeat pattern with leaves and acorns. As you can see above, I used Amsterdam Green by Annie Sloan and added a trio of festive red berries (these are not part of the stencil) using Emporer’s Silk. It’s easy to add dots by hand!

Festive place settings layer from a gold charger to plates, napkins and gold leaf apples

If you saw my Instagram stories you’ll know we have a loft full of decorations in all shapes and sizes in our Victorian colour scheme. That includes faux fruit and berries. Here I decorated an everlasting russet apple with a random stripe of gold leaf using Gold Size by Annie Sloan and brass transfer leaf for the gold effect. A pile of gold trimmed plates, red napkins and a sprig of berries creates a lovely place setting for each guest.

Dried fruits, pine cones, gold & glass baubles and fresh greenery makes a centrepiece

I love mixing up by decorations in a new way every year so glass and gold baubles that might be on the tree one year find their way into a simply styled centrepiece featuring fresh apples, dried oranges, foraged pine cones and freshly cut greenery from our garden. It’s informality, in contrast to the formal place settings, just works!

A glowing candle at the heart of the table – what more could you want?

At the centre of the centrepiece I used a glass bell jar with a dinner candle to create a focal point that works wherever you’re sitting. I’ve taken a few pictures overhead so you can see how well it all works together including our golden cutlery and stacked charger plates, all united with the stencil border. This is a great dinner party look for formal entertaining occasions. It works really well with my Gilded Violin project too.

Gilded violin project

If you prefer a more rustic look, don’t forget to check out my rustic hessian stencil table runner and my copper kissed glass jar lanterns. Both would work brilliantly for a more informal Boxing Day supper or Burn’s Night.

If you have any table decor projects, I would dearly love to see them – please feel free to share this post with your own communities and do tag me on Instagram (@jonathonmarcmendes_paintedlove) or share your ideas below.

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