Fall Tablescape Inspiration Shoot
I am so excited to share this DIY fall tablescape I designed with Lindsay of Custom Love Gifts and JoPhoto! When designing this tablescape, our goal was to show you how easy it is to bring high-end style into your home without spending a ton of money. Although these photos reflect the expensive tableware and decor seen in stores like Pottery Barn and Restoration Hardware, many of the items used were actually handmade with materials found from local craft stores. Not only is this table gorgeous, but it is so easy to recreate.
Lindsay and I organized the style shoot below into five easy DIY projects to inspire you to recreate this look at home. Enjoy the photos below, then follow our step-by-step tutorials to see how to bring this design to life!
5 DIY Projects
1. Painted Pumpkins: Pumpkins are not easy to paint unless you know a few basic tips. The most successful way to paint a pumpkin is to first prime it, then use spray paint for the color coat. If primer is not used first, the painted pumpkins will easily chip and wear. Using primer will allow you to rearrange the pumpkins without risk of paint chipping.
We also found it difficult to keep paint from touching the stem of the pumpkin. We tried taping off the stems of the pumpkins, but we still could not manage to keep paint from touching the bottom of the stem. This process was especially difficult with the miniature pumpkins. Our solution was simple: we decided to spray paint the entire body and stem of the miniature pumpkins. The larger pumpkin stems were easier to tape off, but the paint still touched the stem in some areas. We discovered simply scratching the paint from the stem with our fingernails was the fastest and easiest way to remove the paint.
2. Painted Candlesticks: All the candlesticks in the shoot were wooden candlesticks. We spray painted them gold, silver, and bronze. The bronze spray paint used was Rustoleum Hammered Metal Spray Paint. The silver and gold paint used was Rustoleum Universal Metallic Spray Paint. Click HERE for a DIY video and more details for this project.
3. Place Setting: Moss and sorbet cups were the perfect bedding for tiny pumpkins, spray painted with Rustoleum Universal Metallic Spraypaint in gold.
4. Silver Tray Stands: These elegant little tray stands were a simple DIY project. Just a little rub of sand paper and a dollop of epoxy was all that was needed to attach a glass candle stick to a silver tray.
5. Pie in a Jar: The adorable pie in a jar desserts were so easy and delicious! We layered the pie crust recipe with store bought pie filling and baked them in the oven for 45 minutes at 450 degrees. A brocade fabric with metallic gold details was used to dress up the cherry flavored pies.
For the Apple flavor, we chose a simple white on white leaf design fabric with a metallic gold bow and gold tulle underlay for the jars “outfit.” Click HERE to watch the DIY video and see a photo tutorial.
Pie Crust Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups finely ground graham cracker crumbs 1/3 cup white sugar 6 tablespoons butter, melted 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Tip: Crust packs best in the bottom of the jar when fresh and warm.
Photography: JoPhoto | Floral Design: Melissa Timm Designs | Designer: The Bride Link | Designer:Custom Love Gifts | Favors: Custom Love Gifts on Etsy | Linens and Tableware: Event Rentals by Rothchild | Rentals: Restoration Rentals | Wedding Venue: Dara’s Garden