DIY Lovely Table Setting

February 15, 2011

Hello everyone! This is Anna-Malin Lindgren from Helt Enkelt visiting decor8 today for my once monthly column, Handmade Home! Thank you for all your wonderful comments on my first post! You made me really glad to be here and I feel so welcome. Yesterday was Valentine’s Day so I thought I’ll share a romantic project for the dinner table that you can try for any celebration in your life really – maybe an upcoming anniversary? My inspiration began with a photo I took a couple of weeks ago of a flower and I liked it so much that I used that as my base to inspire a table setting.

DIY Lovely Table Setting

After taking the photo, I uploaded it to my computer and made some edits to it, then I decided to trim the photo and use it as part of the place setting. I made a few cards by hand and used the photo on the front of them. For this occasion I worked with soft romantic colors. I set the table nicely, always use your best plates and fabric napkins on Valentine’s Day! I made some fabric hearts and applied my flower photo to each heart using t-shirt transfer paper and a color printer. This was a very easy project and a nice way to personalize my table decor. I bought cherry blossom branches to hang the hearts on and that was the centerpiece on the table.

DIY Lovely Table Setting

DIY Lovely Table Setting

DIY Lovely Table Setting

DIY Lovely Table Setting

DIY Lovely Table Setting

DIY Lovely Table Setting

I also made a box using paper and filled it with chocolate hearts, placing them on the table. Again, very simple ideas but your family and friends appreciate such kind gestures — your thoughtfulness is always appreciated!

As you can see, I used things that I already had around the house to pull together something nice. Antique linens found at flea markets, a photograph that I took, t-shirt transfer paper, pretty papers, heart-shaped chocolates, wooden clips, rubber stamps and other crafty things created a special table setting.

DIY Lovely Table Setting

Remember: Have fun and use your imagination. You can’t go wrong. Maybe you can use this idea for a wedding? An anniversary party? Next Valentine’s day? Or  you can work with brighter colors and use it for a children’s party!

(images: anna-malin lindgren)


  • Reply Marlene February 15, 2011 at 5:45 pm

    SO sweet :-) I adore it!

  • Reply Claudia February 15, 2011 at 5:52 pm

    This is gorgeous, thank you for sharing with us! Love the original photo as well!

  • Reply Anette Linnea February 15, 2011 at 6:03 pm

    What a wonderful positing. So delicious and inspiring! Thanks.

  • Reply Kathi February 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm

    lovely!!! thanks for all of the creative inspiration, so glad you are part of decor8

  • Reply Nuit February 15, 2011 at 7:07 pm

    OMG this is GORGEOUS!!! beautiful work :)

  • Reply Tanya February 15, 2011 at 7:36 pm

    I just started following! I love this guest post – the photos are so gorgeous. That table setting is so bright and spring-y somehow. I want spring to arrive even more now!

  • Reply juliette February 15, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    I just want to say I am loving this series! Hooray!

    One of these days it will be my turn to do the decorations for a monthly breakfast for a bunch of girlfriends, so I will be coming back to this post for sure!

  • Reply manvi @ mochatini February 15, 2011 at 7:59 pm

    Pretty! I love this DIY. And your idea can be adapted for so many occasions, dinner parties, birthdays etc.
    Holly, so looking forward to more in this series.

  • Reply jenn February 15, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    So sweet! Your inspiration photo is beautiful! And, I love the hearts with the photo transferred on.

  • Reply City Chic - Jamie February 15, 2011 at 8:55 pm

    Lovely table setting! It’s wonderful to see what can be done with things that you have around the house. Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Reply Julie the Alkaline Sister February 15, 2011 at 8:58 pm

    This is so delicate and lovely! I did a Valentines Table setting but nothing homemade besides yummy food made it to the table! I am now inspired to include something handmade and make time for creating it cuz that’s often the most enjoyable part of entertaining! Thanx for sharing:)

  • Reply Anna February 15, 2011 at 9:47 pm

    Beautiful and such a fun idea – a flower guests can take with them and keep forever!

  • Reply Traveling Mama February 15, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    I love everything you did! It’s completely amazing to see how you pulled together such a beautiful table with things from around your house. How inspiring!

  • Reply Karin A February 15, 2011 at 10:01 pm

    Oh so sweet and romantic this is! Such a lovely and inspiring idea…would be perfect for a wedding but the ideas could easily be used for a party or dinner as well. :) Thank you for sharing Anna-Malin! xo

  • Reply Shari February 15, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    It’s a beautiful table setting… so softly sweet and romantic! I love the simplicity in materials and how much thought went into it. Thank you!

  • Reply Amy Peters February 15, 2011 at 10:24 pm

    Oh my, how sweet is that??!?!? My favorite flowers even. I’m filing this under my to do list for a Sunday brunch!

  • Reply Ivy February 15, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    Simply gorgeous and so inspiring! Just pinned some of your beautiful photos to my Pinterest boards…Thank you so much!

  • Reply Christine February 15, 2011 at 11:14 pm

    That photo is absolutely gorgeous, I could see how you were inspired. Such a lovely setting and I, too, love this series!

  • Reply Simple Dwellings February 15, 2011 at 11:22 pm

    Beautiful table setting! It’s simple, elegant, rustic and chic- all in one!

  • Reply Brigitte February 15, 2011 at 11:24 pm

    This is so beautiful, and I love the mood you’ve set.

  • Reply Michelle Donald February 15, 2011 at 11:47 pm

    Exquisitely your style anna-malin – made with love and kindness.

  • Reply janis - pinecone camp February 16, 2011 at 12:01 am

    so dainty and pretty. Love the washed out colours. Really a beautiful table setting.

  • Reply Lisa's Creative Home February 16, 2011 at 1:49 am

    So pretty! I love the photo of the flower and what unique ways to put it to use. Thanks for the inspiration on the wonderful table scape. I love playing with images I will have to keep these in mind.

  • Reply Jen February 16, 2011 at 2:07 am

    So cool how you made one pretty flower keep on blooming…didja see what I did there, clever eh? :D

  • Reply Ashley {Indie Pretty Projects} February 16, 2011 at 3:23 am

    This is such a beautiful setting – wonderful job! I think what I love most is how versatile it is – it could be brunch, but like you said, it could also be a DIY wedding! It’s posts like these that make me want to throw another wedding reception…

  • Reply Eyechartprints February 16, 2011 at 5:54 am

    Lovely ideas. I was looking for ideas for my sisters wedding. thanks!

  • Reply hearttypat February 16, 2011 at 8:07 am

    absolutely stunning images! soo inspiring….

  • Reply Mrs Bok February 16, 2011 at 9:55 am

    This is so very gorgeous!! Thank you for the inspiration! Beautiful photos too.

  • Reply ARTiculateART February 16, 2011 at 10:20 am

    This is so pretty!!! Really neat idea!

  • Reply Catherine LES VIGNETTES February 16, 2011 at 10:37 am

    Fantastique !

  • Reply Ann Gorman February 16, 2011 at 11:51 am

    Very Pretty! :)

  • Reply Heather @ Post Road February 16, 2011 at 2:22 pm

    Hello! LOVE your touch! Beautiful photography too! Inspiring me to plan a party.. hmm..

  • Reply corinne February 16, 2011 at 5:51 pm

    welcome Anna Malin ! and thank you for this beautiful presentation which will inspire us :)

  • Reply Therese February 17, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    Heja, heja Anna-Malin! Du är BÄST!

    Från en trogen läsare!


  • Reply Patricia March 3, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    Hi !!! I just love it, very beutifull
    Where can i get some brids like that ones???
    Thanks :)

  • Reply linden March 7, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    The litte vintage hearts are so perfect….that worn look of vintage updated with style! So pretty Holly!

  • Reply KaRi June 17, 2011 at 1:18 pm

    Am loving it! Now really in the mood to have some friends over to spoil!

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