Curly Crafty Mom: Rustic Tree Round Chalkboard Place Setting

Monday, November 10, 2014

Rustic Tree Round Chalkboard Place Setting

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With Thanksgiving only 2.5 weeks away, I thought I would share with you a rustic and easy place setting. Since I had some birch tree rounds leftover from my pumpkin string art ornament craft (see post HERE), I thought I would incorporate the leftovers into some chalkboard napkin rings!


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All I did was paint the front side of each tree round with some chalkboard paint. While it was drying, I worked on some fancy bows. I used two different kinds of ribbon that went together in neutral and gold colors. I made a different bow, but with the same ribbons for each place setting. 


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We aren't having family over this year for Thanksgiving, so it was fun to 'pretend' I was setting the table. I even got out the good china for it. ;) For the napkin, I did the easy accordion fold and I tucked in some wheat and feathers with the napkin for a more natural feel.


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If I were hosting Thanksgiving, I would want to bring in a lot of natural and outdoorsy items to display on the table next to the place settings.


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If you are wondering how to make these on your own, you'll need some tree rounds. Hobby Lobby sells birch rounds and other rounds in a bag for a few dollars. Then, you'll paint the front of them with chalkboard paint. Usually the bottle will say to paint two coats vertically and two coats horizontally.


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I selected two ribbons in natural colors with a hint of gold (of course!). The other ribbon pictured here is a red grain sack ribbon that I HAD to have. I had never seen this before at Hobby Lobby, but they had it in three different colors. I am not sure what I'll use it for yet, but I'll find something!


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I used two different spools of ribbon to make bows for each of the tree rounds. I changed it up a little for each bow to add some visual interest.


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I used this rope to make the rings for the napkin holders. It is a rope that has twisty wire inside it, so it bends easily into a circle shape.


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I then hot-glued the circular shape that I made the rope into and attached it to the tree round.


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I was really happy with how this entire place setting turned out. I used a chalk board pen to write the initials on all of the tree rounds. If you do a lot of chalkboard writing, you really want to get a nice chalkboard pen. You can find chalkboard pens at Hobby Lobby and even on Amazon.



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Using a filler such as feathers and wheat helps to make the table ring look more natural against the napkin. I also used off white for my napkin color instead of a stark white.


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The table I set is round, not rectangular, so I layered a wooden placemat in a square shape with a round placemat on top. I have tried using rectangular placemats on this round table and they just do not compliment it. So, if you are setting a round table, look for square or round placemats and even try layering them on top of each other as I did. You will also probably want to add a table cloth, which I didn't do here.


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I hope you enjoyed this place setting with the chalkboard initials. I still can't believe Thanksgiving is almost here! We did host Thanksgiving last year, but this year we won't be... Although, I still plan to post a Thanksgiving menu on the blog. I love to look through recipes that I have used and loved or new ones that I want to try... Thanksgiving is definitely the best meal of the year! Yum!

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