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Craft with Resene from Woman magazine

You can’t go wrong with black and white, and this bold table setting adds a modern monochromatic touch to mealtime.

How to make black and white table setting

Vase painted in Resene Noir. Wooden spoons painted in Resene Eighth Black White and Resene All Black, then coated with Resene Clearcoat UVS. This project is not suitable for multiple washes

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Step by step instructions

How to make a black and white table setting:

Step one:  Cut a piece of string long enough to fit around the circumference of your placemat. Using an embroidery needle, thread beads onto the string (A). We used one larger bead then two smaller ones, and continued this pattern along the whole piece of string. Tie a knot at the end of the string so the beads don’t fall off.

Step two:  Repeat the same process for the coasters, but just using the smaller beads all the way around (B).

Step three:  Use a hot glue gun to attach the beaded string along the outside edge of your wooden pieces. Work in small sections so the glue doesn’t dry out to quickly before getting your beads in place (C). Go all the way around until the two ends meet and are glued firmly in place (D).

Step four:  Paint your coasters and placemats with two coats of Resene All Black (E), leaving to dry between coats and making sure you get in between each bead so no wood is left showing.

Step five:  Once completely dry, you can now make a pattern on the placemat by using one of your hot glue sticks to create a stamping effect. Lightly dip the end of a glue stick into Resene Poured Milk, then dab it onto the placemat about 1cm in from the outside edge (F). Follow the curve of the mat until you have finished a complete circle. Repeat this process another two times (G) so there are three layers of dots. Try not to load your paint on too heavily or you won’t get a nice circle shape.

Step six:  To make a contemporary tablecloth, simply wrap a small block of wood (or similar) in some thick cotton cord about five times, then hot glue the cord in place on the back. You can either dip your stamp into a very shallow dish of Resene paint or use your testpot brush to lightly coat the cord (H). We used this technique as it gave us more control of the amount of paint applied to the stamp. Do not over saturate it or you won’t get clean, separated lines.

Step seven:  With gentle pressure, stamp rows of your string pattern onto your tablecloth fabric, leaving spaces between (I). Rotate the stamp for more variation. Continue until you have covered the entire tablecloth and set aside to dry (J).

Step eight:  To make napkin holders, we simply painted some beads in Resene Poured Milk and Resene All Black, then threaded them onto the string in alternating colours and knotted together to complete the circle (K).

Resene Colour Tip

Use varying amounts of pressure when stamping, so you have areas that are less solid or filled in. It keeps the pattern more interesting, textural and organic feeling.


Resene Poured Milk

Resene Noir

Craft editor and stylist Marsha Smith. November 2021.

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