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Goodwill Home Décor Expert - Merri Cvetan

Merri Cvetan

My weekly column for Amazing Goodwill and my design blog, Design Coach, are about all things design, living a stylish life and entertaining (like setting a great table). I share DIY projects, decorating and design tips, as well as ideas and secrets.

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Shades of Pale

Posted by Jamie Klinger-Krebs on Jan 23, 2014 2:46:00 PM

shades of paleWedding season might be months away, but January is a great time to start making the DIY table decorations, party favors, programs, etc. for your special day. Start your shopping at Goodwill now, especially if you need dozens of similar items. 

Candles should be a big part of any table centerpiece. (Everyone looks better in soft candlelight!) Instead of the usual round mirror, little tea lights and a floral arrangement, why not make something special?

shades of paleI made these candles using wine glasses, shades from light fixtures and lace shirts. And I found everything at Goodwill.

As you’re shopping, fit the shades on the stemware. Be sure the shades “fit” and don’t slide or move. They look best if they cover most of the wine “bowl.” Make sure the opening is big enough to get a candle in!

So simple, but you can decorate each shade with ribbon or other if you want to add color.

shades of paleOr cover the shade with lace. Look for tops made with stretch lace.

shades of paleCut a section of the shirt a little bigger than the shade. Using a paintbrush, paint Mod Podge on the shade and attach the lace. Once the entire shade is covered, cut the excess off at the top, bottom and side seam.

shades of paleLook for shades and wine glass in a variety of sizes and shapes. Personalize the candle holders with trim, ribbon or colored votives. I used some left over lace under the candles and created height with old books.

Topics: Home interior, home interior expert, Merri Cvetan