HOW TO MAKE… A DIN­ING SET

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MA­TE­RI­ALS For the crack­ers

White pa­per Black ink pad Toi­let roll tubes Cracker snaps Rib­bon Pen­cil with a rub­ber Dou­ble-sided tape Scal­lop-edged scis­sors Craft knife Metal ruler Small cracker gifts

For the place­mats

Leaves Blush pink linen Two ink rollers Black fab­ric paint Paint brush Scrap pa­per

For the can­dles

250g soy wax flakes per can­dle Dried rose­mary Rose­mary es­sen­tial oil Black porce­lain paint Can­dle wicks Glass jars Glass bowl Glass jug Saucepan Paint brush For­get stately, ma­jes­tic set­tings – when it comes to our Christ­mas din­ner ta­ble, we’re all about sim­ple Scandi chic, ac­cented with a hand­ful of win­ter fo­liage.

This re­laxed ta­blescape – per­fect for fam­ily and friends – taps into two of this sea­son’s big­gest trends, blush pink and nat­u­ral de­tails.

Fol­low Teri’s in­struc­tions to make crack­ers, place­mats and can­dles, then check out her tips on page 60 for styling your ta­ble on the big day.

Mak­ing the crack­ers

Us­ing the tem­plate on page 96, draw a cracker shape onto white pa­per, trans­fer­ring on the mark­ings. Press the rub­ber end of the pen­cil onto the black ink pad, then stamp it onto the pa­per, creat­ing a dotty pat­tern. Leave to dry.

Cut the two short edges of the cracker with scal­lop-edged scis­sors, then fold the pa­per along the six lines across the width.

Us­ing a craft knife and metal ruler, cut around the outer shape of the cracker. Next, cut out the di­a­mond shapes marked within the three par­al­lel lines at ei­ther end.

Stick a length of dou­ble-sided tape across the cen­tre of the cracker, par­al­lel to the folds.

Re­move the back­ing from the tape and po­si­tion a toi­let roll tube along one long edge of the pa­per, align­ing the tube ends with the folds. Roll the tube along the width of the cracker, wrap­ping the pa­per around it, and keep­ing the ends in line with the folds. Se­cure the end with a piece of dou­ble-sided tape.

Push the cracker snap through the tube, trim­ming at the ends if it’s too long. Tie one end with rib­bon, draw­ing to­gether the di­a­mond cut-outs, then in­sert a gift into the other end. Draw the sec­ond end closed with a length of rib­bon, then re­peat Steps 1-6 to make as many crack­ers as re­quired.

Mak­ing the place­mats

Cut a 30 x 45cm (117/ x 17 ") piece of linen, then gen­tly pull away a few threads along all four edges to fray them.

Pro­tect a flat sur­face with scrap pa­per and lay a leaf on top. Use a paint brush to com­pletely cover one side in black fab­ric paint.

Use an ink roller to lightly roll over the painted side of the leaf, re­mov­ing any ex­cess paint. At this point, you might want to prac­tise print­ing on a scrap piece of linen, ex­per­i­ment­ing to see which leaves print the best im­pres­sion.

Lay a sheet of scrap pa­per onto a flat sur­face and place the linen flat on top. Po­si­tion a leaf on the linen, ink side fac­ing down.

Lay an­other sheet of scrap pa­per on top of the leaf, then use the clean ink roller to gen­tly roll over the pa­per, trans­fer­ring the paint from the leaf onto the linen.

Con­tinue print­ing in this way, us­ing dif­fer­ent leaves and al­ter­nat­ing their an­gles. You’ll need sev­eral leaves, as they can only be used a few times.

Once you’re happy with the pat­tern, leave the ink to dry, then re­peat Steps 7-12 to make as many place­mats as re­quired. Mak­ing the can­dles

Start by dec­o­rat­ing a glass jar. Use a paint brush and black porce­lain paint to cover the jar with a dotty pat­tern. Start at the top, work­ing in sec­tions and spac­ing the dots evenly. Once fin­ished, leave to dry.

Boil wa­ter in a large saucepan, then turn it down to a low heat. Care­fully lower a glass bowl into the pan, and pour the soy wax flakes into the bowl. Stir them oc­ca­sion­ally as they melt.

Place a peg at the top of the wick and po­si­tion it across the cen­tre of the jar, mak­ing sure the wick touches the bot­tom. Trim the top of the wick to fit. Dip the metal base of the can­dle wick into the melted wax, then po­si­tion it back in the jar with the metal base rest­ing on the bot­tom. Hold in place un­til the wax is dry.

Add 15 drops of rose­mary es­sen­tial oil to the jar, drip­ping it down the sides and into the base, then fill the jar half­way with the melted wax. Add 15 more drops of rose­mary essence and a sprin­kling of dried rose­mary on top.

Fill the rest of the jar with the re­main­ing wax, cov­er­ing the out­side of the jar with a tea towel to stop the wax from cool­ing down too quickly. Leave to set, then trim the wick. Re­peat Steps 14-18 to make as many can­dles as re­quired.

Teri Muncey Teri is a DIY and in­te­ri­ors blog­ger and de­signer liv­ing in West Lon­don. She spends her free time dream­ing up new craft tu­to­ri­als, drink­ing co­pi­ous amounts of loose leaf tea and cook­ing up a storm in the kitchen (usu­ally a spicy one). www.th­elove­ly­drawer.com

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