Decorating for the season can be easy, especially if you do simple fall decor using place cards. What’s even easier is when the place cards are created FOR you and, even better, they are FREE!
Today is our monthly Pinterest Challenge and this week’s inspiration photo not only inspired me to do one decor project, but THREE.
Another BIG “thank you” goes to Cindy from County Road 407! Cindy is awesome and puts this blog hop together for us every month! You are amazing, Cindy!
And, if you are hopping on over by way of my dear friend Paula from Sweet Pea, welcome! As always, Paula’s table settings are gorgeous!
PINTEREST CHALLENGE – SIMPLE FALL DECOR USING PLACE CARDS
Today’s elegant inspiration photo comes from Lindsey Brunk’s Simple and Elegant Thanksgiving Inspiration post:Isn’t this an amazing photo? If you check out the whole post, you can see the beautiful fall tablescape in all its glory!
Let me share with you the inspiration I pulled from the photo:
- Copperware place setting (Yes, ‘copperware’ is a word… It’s MY blog! 😉 )
- Fabric napkin
- Linen tablecloth
- Natural elements (greenery and florals and such)
- and, of course, a simple and elegant place card
Gotta be honest with y’all here.
This photo was a bit challenging to plan a WHOLE post around.
I know, right?
So, instead of trying to figure out how to take 100 photos of a place setting of silverware, I decided to take some liberties and create THREE different projects for simple fall decor using place cards (my fave part of the place setting).
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How ’bout we get to the projects?!
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Simple Fall Decor Using Place Cards – Place Setting (Pt 1)
Well, of course, we have to begin with the tablescape from the inspiration image! I wouldn’t be obeying the almighty Pinterest Challenge rules if I didn’t. 😉
Just as in the photo from Lindsey Brunk, my place setting consists of:
- Silverware place setting (the silverware looks MUCH better with the gray base plate than copperware would)
- Fabric napkin, mine is made from a gauze-y fabric, rather than linen (and this one has ‘fringe benefits’… love)
- Natural elements (they’re coming, I promise)
- and, a beautiful name place card, created by yours truly and free to you!
Simple Fall Decor Using Place Cards – Table Setting (Pt 2)
If you have followed MWA for any length of time, you also are probably thinking right now, “Julie doesn’t have a table for a tablescape! What’s she going to do?!” And you would be right!
But, have you ever heard of a “Table for One”?
Let’s take a look at THIS year’s fall tablescape using free printable name place cards. Oh, and do you see the greenery now?
Elevating single dining with just a few simple items makes for an enjoyable mealtime… just ask anyone that has experienced it. Oh, like me! 😉
A table for one doesn’t really take much to bring it to a ‘dining experience’, daaaahling.
- Add a placemat to the table (or tray) or simply put a coordinating napkin on the diagonal, as I did above.
- Use a foundation plate and a smaller plate in coordinating or complementing colors (Guess what, you only have to use the top plate!)
- Add a pretty glass or piece of stemware (this one is from the Hearth and Home line at Target… clearanced!)
- Use a napkin and nice silverware (placing the silverware on the table in a ‘new’ way adds interest).
- Add some pretty seasonal greenery and natural elements.
- A candle is ALWAYS nice!
It’s as easy as that! And let’s not forget the ‘star’ of the table!
Print your place cards and tear the edges a bit, and you’re all set!
Simple Fall Decor Using Place Cards – Thankful Fall Garland
Okay… project number two using printable place cards is a pretty and simple DIY fall garland!
Here’s a never before seen photo of the back of my baker’s cabinet (aka Hoosier).
My baker’s cabinet acts as a dividing wall between the kitchen and living room in My Wee Abode. It’s screaming for a makeover, thus it has never been featured on a post… yet!
But, this is the perfect place for a pretty little garland that can be made in a few minutes.
- String some twine across a bookshelf, windowpane, open shelf or mirror
- Cut out the preprinted place cards
- Using mini clothespins, attach the cards to the twine
- Add some additional loveliness by attaching some natural elements to the clothespin or use colored cardstock as a backing for the place cards!
Lovely, simple, and easy! Voila!
Simple Fall Decor Using Place Cards – Plant Label Picks
And the last project for simple fall decor using place cards is the pretty potted plant labels!
These cute little plant ‘stakes’ were easy to make!
- Cut out your free place cards (you can use the blank ones and add the plant names, or any wording that makes you happy!)
- Using tape (don’t use glue… your cardstock will ‘pucker’,
and paper isn’t any fun to smooch), attach the cards to extra-long popsicle sticks or wooden skewers
- Place in pots or your garden, or even a vase of flowers!
You can even use these to write or print plant names and place in an herb garden!
And a quick pic of my wee porch… this took about 15 minutes to put together! A record for me!The mums were a steal at Walmart! Don’t you just love the vibrant purple with the sweet little baby pumpkins?!
Now It’s Your Turn
So tell me… will you create a fine dining experience when you eat alone… even if it’s once in a while? What about a pretty and quick garland… or some lovely plant labels?
Remember, this is a “blog hop”… so get your bounce on and head on over to my sweet friend Carol’s blog at Bluesky At Home. Carol’s decor never disappoints, and her lovely tablesetting twist is no exception!
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