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Add watercolor accents to your holiday table with our colorful ideas and simple how-to’s.
When designing tablescapes, I love using everyday craft items to create unexpected décor pieces. For this formal holiday table, we used watercolor to add textural dimension to our personalized printed elements; the placecards and menu cards. This subtle painted detail truly softened the overall look and feel of our formal holiday table. Keep reading for the simple how-to and some pro tips for replicating these DIY watercolor projects at home.
DIY Watercolor Placecards & Menu Cards
It’s no secret that I love the idea of placecards at a formal table setting. They are such an easy way to welcome guests to an event. To add softness and to bring in more of this lush blue color to our design, we added watercolor details to simple printed placecards.
- Watercolor Paper (or bright white cardstock)
- Watercolor Paint Brushes
- Watercolor Paint
- Small Water Cup or Bowl of Water
- Drying Rag or Paper Towel
- Print your desired placecards and/or menu cards using light watercolor paper or bright white 100# or heavier card stock.
- Pro Tip: When printing placecards, be sure to allow for spacing in between names to allow for watercolor paint bleed. For example, instead of printing 8 names per standard sheet of paper, print 4, leaving blank spaces in between each name.
- Using your watercolor paint brush, apply a small amount of paint to the printed card.
- Dip your watercolor brush into water, and lightly apply to the watercolor paint in even strokes until you achieve your desired pattern or coverage. Pro Tip: To replicate the look of our placecards, begin by applying your dry color to the center of the card, then use the water and brush strokes toward the end of the placecards to dilute the color concentration.
- Once the watercolor paint has dried completely, use a paper cuter to trim your placecards.
To replicate the watercolor design on menu cards, simply follow the same steps outlined above for your printed menus. Our design was created using the majority of the color toward the top of the color, diluting using water as we worked our way to the bottom of the menu card.
This color palette is one of my favorites for the holiday season, full of rich, bold hues. We married emerald green, navy blue, gold and pops of burgundy in the table’s décor elements. These watercolor details offered just the right amount of softness for the overall look. We can’t wait to see how you apply this simple technique in your own tablescapes. You can locate everything you need to replicate these DIY projects over at ConsumerCrafts.com