Upcycled Table Decor with Jonathon Marc Mendes
It’s time to deck your table out so it’s ready and raring to go for Christmas dinner. If you’re starting from scratch or fancy revamping things a little, getting the perfect festive look doesn’t have to cost the earth, as these upcycling how-to videos prove. The talented Jonathon Marc Mendes has treated us to these easy-to-follow guides to help spruce up our tables while having crafty fun. From making your own table runner to creating a showstopping tablescape, with just a few materials you’ll be the talk of Christmas day.
Once you have the base for your table, it’s time to find the pieces that will sit centre stage and, in this video, Jonathon upcycles three hurricane lamps with spray paint, greenery and what can only be described as a little magic!
What you will need
- Hurricane vase (s)
- Spray paint of choice (gold was used in this video)
- Conifer cuttings (Leylandii)
- A towel
- Adhesive spray
- Parchment paper
- A carboard box (to cut open and use as surface protection)
Have the perfect pattern in mind for your table runner but can’t find it in store? Not to worry, follow Jonathon’s simple steps below and turn that festive fabric into the red carpet that’s ready for you’re A-list dinner.
What you need
- Measuring tape
Festive placemats and candle holder
Did you know that all our stunning new gift wrap is recyclable? Not only does that make it a fuss and guilt-free part of Christmas, but it’s super versatile and can also be used to transform your old placemats with a little glue. The second how-to in this video only needs a few things to complete and will turn a mug/cup into a wonderfully rustic candle holder (including a potato…yes you heard us, but you’ll have to watch the video to find out who and why they’re getting involved). The truly great thing about these two upcycling projects is that you’ll likely find all you need already around the house. Have fun!
What you will need
Wrapping paper placemat
- Old placemats
- Wrapping paper (why not try out our recyclable range?)
- PVA glue
- Brush for the glue (the softer the better)
- Craft blade
- Large mug/teacup
- Church candle
- Potato (Big enough to be a snug fit at the bottom of the mug)
- Apple corer
- Festive bits ’n’ bobs (Jonathon has used nuts, cinnamon and mossy roll
About Jonathon Marc Mendes
Jonathon is a furniture artist, interiors enthusiast, photographer and part-time hairdresser who lives in lovely Lincolnshire with his husband and cat. Jonathon loves to share his passion for painting by teaching through workshops both in person and online, and was Annie Sloan’s Painter in Residence in 2017 which took him all over the world to share his skills. A big lover of upcycling and interior design on a budget, he has been able to use this passion to renovate his Edwardian home, and is kindly sharing some of that expertise with us!
Photo credit: Jonathon Marc Mendes
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