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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Table Centerpiece & Bookpage Fruit

My mother-in-law gave me this cake stand to see if I could use it. Well the truth is I hardly ever bake, and if I do it more than likely isn't a cake. For the 2 to 3 times in a year I do happen to make a cake it is unlikely that it will fall around the Christmas holiday. I loved the simple shape of the piece so I had some "magic-working" to do. After taking the dog out at 3 a.m. it hit me, make it into a centerpiece for our dining room table!

I started by spray painted the entire thing with a couple coats of jade spray paint. While that was drying I started on the fruit. I picked up some apples and pears at the dollar store and got to work Mod Podging them with ripped book pages. To add a little color I soaked the pages in food coloring and a little white vinegar. After they dried the red was more pink than red. So with a brilliant idea from my hubby, I added red food coloring into the top coat of Mod Podge. It worked but at this point they were very VERY bright red. We added a drop of blue and little more red and I did one more thin messy coat to give the apples a darker look. I love how they ended up turning out.

A trashy romance novel should do the trick.

Then with the addition of some clearance place mats I had a whole new look for our table.

I couldn't pass up these adorable ruffled place mats, especially when they were on sale!


  1. I was so impressed to see what you did with the Christmas cake stand! I love the fruit textured with the book page strips. I love the design style you are using for your projects. Glad to share something used with you. love, K

  2. The book pages are adorable. This is a truly great way to recycle (or upcycle as I like to call it.) I love it and would love to see you post this at my linky party Upcycled Awesome! and come back to my blog for Stashbusting-September. I promise it will be worth your while!

  3. These are so chic and creative!! Great job! I'm happy to be your newest follower of your delightful blog and would love to have you as a friend at FFD! I'm also hosting a link party/giveaway every Friday and would love to have you link up your finds/creations! Hope to see you there!
    ~Terrell @ FrouFrouDecor~

  4. Oh wow, what a cute spin on a regular old plastic fruit display! I am loving this idea, especially with fall around the corner! THanks for sharing!


  5. Great! How smart of you (and hubby) to come up with the color... I love it!

  6. Hi Robyn-
    I love this idea - such a creative and modern way to update a traditional look in decorating. This is one of those projects I can't wait to do.

    My best- Diane

  7. Those projects are so cute. I like the painted cake stand and your book fruit-nice idea.

  8. The book fruit is so cool! I love that you used a "forbidden" romance- awesome! Great idea.

  9. Very cool! I like the makeover, and the fruit is just inspired.

  10. I popped over from TT&J -- and I have to say that I especially love your printed page covered fruit!!!!! And the tinting with food colouring was clever;)Love it!

  11. I LOVE this idea! I've used a lot of fake fruit in my decorating, and think this would be the perfect way to dress it up a bit.


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