Entertaining With Style: Clinton's $1 Crafts

By The Chew Crew October 10th, 2012
Clinton knows that great decorations don’t need to break the bank.  So in honor of $1 Wednesday he challenged himself to create a beautiful tablescape using items that cost a dollar!

This just proves that no matter how limited you are with money, there’s always inexpensive items you can find at your local dollar store or superstore that can transform your table from ordinary to extraordinary.

Burlap Placemats

They are simple, fun and absolutely adorable.

What You Need:

1 yard of Burlap (about $1 for 6)
Scissors
Paint
Stencil
Paint Brushes

How to Make It:

1. Pull threads from edges of placemats to create a fringed edge.

2. If you choose add a pretty accent to placemats by painting a leaf or pumpkin on corner using stencil.

A Candle Holder Made of Twigs

Nothing says rustic quite like twigs and branches.  So, go outside and start gathering as many branches you can get your hands on to make this next project.

What You Need:


Empty Candle Holder

Twigs and Branches
Craft Glue


How to Make It:

1. Cut the twigs down to sticks close to height of candle holder

2. Dab craft glue on area that will be flush to glass and place on the glass holder.

Artificial Flowers at the Bottom of a Vase

If you want to be really fancy, you can turn this beautiful cylinder vase into an elegant addition to your table.

What You Need:

Artificial Flowers (available at your local dollar store)
Glue
Water
Floating Candles (optional)
Vase

How to Make It:

1. Glue artificial flowers to the bottom of a vase or to a rock that you can drop in. Use different colors to fit the room that it will be displayed in.

2. Fill vase with water and top with floating candle (optional).  

Decorative Yarn Ball Centerpiece

This simple project takes Clinton back to his childhood. It could get messy, but it’s a fun craft to do with the kids!  Plus, these decorative balls can cost a few dollars at the store, while making your own cost less than one dollar per ball!

What You Need:


Yarn

White Glue
Water
Basket or Bowl
Balloon

How to Make It:

1. Mix glue with water until it becomes the consistency of paint.

2. Dip yarn into the glue mixture, squeeze excess and begin wrapping around the balloon

3. Allow balloon to hang and dry for 24 hours and then pop.

4. Fill basket or large trifle bowl with balls to use as centerpiece.
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