I created this grown-up version of sinister Halloween tablesetting for DIY Network.
A new color scheme consisting of deep purple, mustard yellow and lime-green accents instead of the typical orange-red adds a modern and sophisticated touch to the usual, and over-used red-orange Halloween palette. Most of the materials and supplies (paper doilies, knitting yarn, to make this haunted-mansion setting were easily found at hardware, craft and dollar stores.
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A simple DIY for multi-purposing a painting drop cloth as a durable table cover for outdoor use.
- Natural Fiber drop cloth
- Lime green and black spray paint
- Painters tape
- Yard stick or tape measure
- Heavy objects ( food cans, tools, exercise weights, etc) to hold canvas down
- I recommend doing this project outdoors or in a garage to avoid paint fumes indoors.
- Spread drop cloth on an even flat surface. Place weights on all four corners to hold down the drop cloth.
- Measure 3 inches from the edge of cloth and mark with pencil.continue making marks the length of the drop cloth.
- Line up and place painters tape along pencil marks.
- Repeat every 3 inches until bottom of the drop cloth.
- Turn drop cloth and repeat steps 1-3 creating a checker board pattern.
- Spread out drop cloth in well ventilated area.
- Starting with top most corner, spray square with black spray paint making sure to fill in completely.
- Spray black spray paint on every alternating square. Fill in remaining squares with lime green.
- Allow to dry completely before use.
- Make sure painters tape is firmly secured to the canvas to avoid paint bleeding
- Get a friend to help with the painting. Each person takes a color to spray and you’re done in half the time
- Because of the lined bottom of the drop cloth, both sides work well as a tablecloth
Full instructions and more step-by-step photos
Photography + styling by Manvi Drona for DIY Network.
Happy (almost) Thanksgiving! While food takes center stage on TG, a pretty table is a must. Is that where all the action happens anyway? So add a couple of thoughtful decorating details to your place settings that elevate the experience for everyone. Here are a couple of tips that you can easily recreate in your homes.
1-3: Created by Manvi for BrightBazaar, Photography by Manvi
4&5: Created by Manvi for HGTV, Photography by Sweet Tea Photography
6&7: Created by Manvi for HGTV, Photography by Sweet Tea Photography
Homemade costumes are far more appealing than store bought ones. Invite a few friends over for a fun-filled MYOC (make your own costume) party. Here are four costume ideas that even a non-crafter can make in a hurry.
1. Mac and Cheese
Instructions and materials to create a mac and cheese costume.
2. Hot Chocolate
Instructions and materials to create a hot chocolate costume
3. Minion from Despicable Me
Instructions and materials to create a minion costume.
Instructions and materials to make a burrito costume.