Valentine's Day + A DIY Project
February 12, 2010
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My girlfriend wrote the most charming, totally well written Valentine's Day guide the other day and it made me realize something. I AM a total sucker for this over commercialized, often times completely cheesy holiday. I love it actually. The pinks, the reds, the total girliness of the day. It's so up my ally. So today, I thought I would share a few of my favorite Valentine's Day inspirations. Starting with this adorable tablescape by In The Now Weddings.

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The minute I laid eyes on that super cute table cloth, with the lace detailing, I asked Amanda, the brains behind this cute design, to give us all of the DIY details! Here's what she said...

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Small Straight Pins [preferably with round white glass heads]


Table with linen

1. Measure your table. Our table was a 48" square [which can technically seat up to 8]. Add up all the sides so that you know how much lace to buy. So, 48 + 48 + 48 + 48 = 192. Give yourself about 2" extra to overlap. To keep your sanity, translate those inches into feet. Our table was 16 feet and 2 inches [including the overlap].

2. Buy your lace and supplies. Remember, lace is sold in YARDS. One yard is equal to 3 feet of fabric. So, if we take the 16 yards and translate that to yards- it equals 5.5 yards of lace. Pick a width that will be noticeable on your table but not too heavy so that it's harder to affix. My lace was about 2.5" wide. I chose a nice graphic pattern as opposed to a floral.

3. Iron under. In order to create a nice, smooth end on your lace "table cuff", you'll need to iron under about 1" of the lace. Just fold it over and iron so that your guests are staring at the folded edge instead of the raw cut after you affix [this ironed-under edge will be the end of your pattern, placed on top to overlap the beginning of the wrap].

4. Pinning. Once you find an inconspicuous place [typically a few inches away from the corner of the table], take two pins and pin DOWN into the fabric, weaving in and out of the lace and linen until the pin ends [ensure that the pin point is INSIDE the linen and not left hanging out for people to cut themselves on]. Make sure when weaving the pins, you show as little of the silver pin as possible on the outside of the linen. These pins should be side by side, and placed close enough together to reinforce one another. About every 2 feet, repeat this process. It may be time consuming but this way you are ensuring that your lace won't sag or drag. Pin around the entire table until you get to the end- paying attention to the height of the table [and how far the "table cuff" is from the top of the table]. Once you read your ironed-under end, pull the lace as taught/tight as possible until you make the design match up [if possible] and pin the pretty, smooth edge on top. If you've measured correctly, the lace should only overlap about 1".
If you chose, you can take it a step further: Tea-dye your lace to give you that great, antique feeling for a vintage twist on a modern project! 

Simply fill a warm bucket of water with about 5 tea bags and let "steep". Run your lace under cool water to wet it evenly [this ensures that your tea will soak and color the lace evenly], then submerge the lace into the tea water [the less water in the bucket, the more concentrated the tea and the deeper color possible]. You can let it sit as long as you want, and even rinse it with cool water afterwards!

To see more from this super cute shoot, click right here!