Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Trash to Treasure Tuesday and Tablescape Thursday

Edited: I'm reposting to include the Tablescape Thursday icon. My tablescape below is really rather embarassing compared to the others. But - I've got to start somewhere... ;)

These are some plain desert plates I've had forever. They are very nice - but I really never use them. So I decided to fancy them up with a 4th of July theme. We love the 4th around here - mostly because our littlest blessing was born on July 4th 2006! So - these plates will actually probably be used to serve some birthday cake on Saturday.

I used paper napkins - cut the star out in a circle. Then used spary adhesive to put it on the bottom of the plate. I then used modpodge to seal it. The food, etc. won't touch it since it is adhered to the bottom and showing through. AND - if I really want to - with some elbow grease, etc. I can change out the theme for a different holiday. These plates are also always handwashed - so I'm not worried about that. All in all - I like them and think I will use them at least twice a year - which is twice more a year than they've been used.

Here is the finished plate. I did four of them and then put them on some red place mats I bought around Christmas.

The finished table . Yes, my placemats need to be ironed... but I'm lazy like that. There will just be four of us this weekend (our big plans with family are next weekend)... so this works perfectly! The blue metal star is from the Dollar General. It is heavy and nice. I'll probably use it somewhere other than just here on the 4th. By the way though - Dollar General? Different from the Dollar Tree. This baby costs FIVE dollars. Oh - and the table cloth... a canvas drop cloth. I know - they're awesome.

Here's my little sweetie this morning. Sorry for the funny cropping - it was a horrible picture of me... I don't usually edit myself out - but, really, yuck.
By the way - if you missed my cedar chest "reinvention" yesterday. Check it out! I'm proud of it. Also, click the "reinvention" button at the top of this post to see Kimm's ideas and lots of other cool links if you're into this sort of thing. ;)

*EDITED NOTE: A thought; these would be very easy to do with some clear contact paper and any paper or fabric decor. You could cut a circle of the contact paper just the size of the bottom of the plate and use it to secure a decorative touch that would show through. Then - these could easily be switched out for any holiday or event - or just to match your evening decor!


  1. They look really fun! Good job!

  2. I love them!!!Plus i think I am headed out to dollar general. lol Have a blessed day, cher

  3. I love these! What an awesome idea for prettying up some plates! Thanks for sharing, going to check out your cedar chest now!

  4. Great looking plates. I'm going to have to try this!

  5. Hi Melany, now this is a great idea. Lovely table.

    Happy July 4th to you!


  6. That's a very clever idea. Thanks for sharing. Looks like a fun idea to try! :-)



  7. Oh, and Happy Birthday to that special little blessing!


    Sheila :-)

  8. Great table, happy 4th! :O)

  9. Very clever design! You are very creative!

    Have a happy holiday!


  10. Great idea for the plates. I love it.

  11. I think it's very creative! And perfect for the holiday. Also I love the cedar chest in your prior post. Completely different!

  12. Now that's a tablescape full of creativity! I love it and I'm sure all of the other tablescaping participants will too. LOVE the plates, I've seen those and passed them by, but now I'll have to pick some up! Enjoy your holiday weekend, and Happy Birthday to your adorable daughter!

  13. Very creative. I love the metal blue star. I don't know how I missed that at Dollar General. I will have to see if I can find one now.

    Beautiful child. Happy birthday to her.

    I am hosting a Christmas in July Tablescape Party at my Playing Dishes blog. There will be one held each Saturday this month. Please come and participate or at least visit. A holiday tablecloth will be given away on the last Saturday, July 25. Info on signups is available by clicking my sidebar memes available on both my blogs.

    I am also having a weekly Christmas giveaway at my Christmas Memories in My Heart blog. Weekly entries are closed out a midnight on Wednesday for this.

    Hopefully some of you tablescape regulars will pull together a tablescape for CIJ or pull out some photos from last year to post.

    Happy CIJ!


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