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Project

Snowflake Tablecloth

Introduction

Delicate snowflakes disappear quickly if brought indoors. To capture their sparkling essence for your holiday party, re-create them in glitter, which won't melt away, on a sheer organza tablecloth overlay.

Remember, craft glue is water soluble, so the cloth can't be washed.

Materials

  • Craft glue
  • Pencil
  • Loose-leaf paper
  • Silver glitter
  • Sheer organza tablecloth

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Draw a few flakes, between 2 and 8 inches across, in pencil on sheets of loose-leaf paper; these will serve as templates.

  2. Step 2

    Slide a template under a sheer organza tablecloth; trace its lines in craft glue (use a fine-tipped applicator). Remove template.

  3. Step 3

    Sprinkle glue with silver glitter. Let dry. Shake off excess glitter.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, December 1999/2000

Reviews (40)

  • diefenbaker 2 Dec, 2010

    I have made projects like this, but I use Tulip Fabric write-on paints. The paint I have used for a table cloth was silver glitter. I pre-washed the fabric with out fabric softener, pressed the fabric and then drew on the table cloth with a fabric marker that disapears with time then drew my snowflakes on with Tulip Paints. I can't imagine putting all this work into a tablecloth then not being able to wash it after a meal. This paint works great, just follow the instructions. Cheers!

  • diefenbaker 2 Dec, 2010

    I have made projects like this, but I use Tulip Fabric write-on paints. The paint I have used for a table cloth was silver glitter. I pre-washed the fabric with out fabric softener, pressed the fabric and then drew on the table cloth with a fabric marker that disapears with time then drew my snowflakes on with Tulip Paints. I can't imagine putting all this work into a tablecloth then not being able to wash it after a meal. This paint works great, just follow the instructions. Cheers!

  • georginanna 19 Jan, 2009

    I always use fabric glitter applicators, then sprinkle fine glitter over it,...washable

  • Daphanie 5 Jan, 2009

    Thanks for the snowflake museum website. It's really neat.

  • jmeisen 5 Jan, 2009

    I think fabric glitter pain would give this an entirely different look, probably not quite what they were going for. Instead, I was thinking I would use fabric glue...you wouldn't have the water soluble issue, although probably not great for the glitter.

  • Kaziah 29 Dec, 2008

    Why not just use fabric glitter paint? Then the design would not wash of.

  • cindyph 29 Dec, 2008

    If you need snowflake patterns, go to http://snowflakebentley.com/museum.htm and find and print out real snowflakes photographed by this amazing man more than 80 years ago.

  • emptynester 29 Dec, 2008

    i love this website. It is to spark out creative thoughts. Just look at the ideas that we have come up with just brain storming here together.

  • WishICouldBe 29 Dec, 2008

    I agree with Lakotakat that fabric glue is a better ideal if you want it to last. I would go one step more. After the glitter dried, I would dilute the fabric glue some with a little water and then lightly brush it over the glitter to seat it so when wash it would not come off so easy.

  • hillfarmlady 28 Dec, 2008

    I love some of the suggestions as I really like the idea of this project. I too, want it to last. Embroidering would take too long--unless I want it for next year! I am thinking it would make a nice table runner or even placemats.

  • beadyeyedbrat 28 Dec, 2008

    You could use paint and add the glitter to the paint.

  • bstewart654 28 Dec, 2008

    You could copy the snowflakes in a permanent gold or silver marker. It will last thru several washings.

  • knittingnurse 28 Dec, 2008

    Has anyone found a way of making this while keeping it washable? Seems to me that a tablecloth that isn't washable isn't very practical.

  • yoohooitssue 28 Dec, 2008

    This is an incredible, as well as free site, that we have access to, and it is a gift from Martha as far as I'm concerned. How can anyone possibly complain about the quality of the content??? Happy New Year to Martha and her staff!! !

  • SillaJayne 28 Dec, 2008

    Snowflakes are easy to find online - just google Snowflake stencil or snowflake template. A lot of them are for children, so they're wider, but you can either trace the outside only, or fill them in the middle.

  • capercooker 28 Dec, 2008

    I agree with the other comments, I did this with a template of a snowflake from the dollar store in pencil then embroidered it with shiny thread, also from the dollar store, the biggest cost was getting a plain table cloth

  • wduke2 28 Dec, 2008

    Does anyone on Martha's team actually ever read these comments? They would soon learn how to make this a much better site. How hard would it be to implement some of the suggestions of those who frequent the site. Better instructions, more and bigger pictures, templates and whatever else the suggestions are. There are some great craft ideas but the site is very much lacking.

  • harfordscout 28 Dec, 2008

    I agree, definetly would be better if included templates! These are really beautiful snowflakes, tried drawing with little luck and tried doing serch with worse luck yet.

  • VEaston 28 Dec, 2008

    Pretty idea however actual craft is disapointing. Like previous comments it would be nice to have templates and I would use embroidery instead of glue and glitter. Some beautiful silver thread and clear beads would make it magnificent.

  • kspit 28 Dec, 2008

    Some templates for the snow flakes would have been helpful too.

  • lakotakat 28 Dec, 2008

    Hmmmm... Why can't you use Aleene's "OK To Wash-It" fabric glue?? The you wouldn't have to be so terribly worried about the glitter coming off right away. And I would wash it in cold water and very delicate detergent anyway. Above all, I wouldn't use this tablecloth where there would be "heavy use" of messy foods or beverages - just under a cookie tray or so.

  • TriciaJay 28 Dec, 2008

    That's exactly what I was thinking. I think I will embroider this design rather than paint it. Nice idea!

  • TriciaJay 28 Dec, 2008

    That's exactly what I was thinking. I think I will embroider this design rather than paint it. Nice idea!

  • sandiblast 28 Dec, 2008

    why not use silver or gold threads and emboridery the design on the cloth

  • diefenbaker 28 Dec, 2008

    This is a wonderful idea! However, if I am going to this much effort to make something this beautiful, I want it to last. I have done similar projects with glitter fabric paint, which when done according to instructions will last for many seasons and can be washed as well. This tablecloth would be a welcome gift or a favorite accessory to be enjoyed for Christmas's to come.

  • rsvoboda 28 Dec, 2008

    I agree with the glitter getting over everything. Why not use fabric medium and stencil on the snowflake? It could at least be washed after all they work you put into it.

  • amybdesigns 28 Dec, 2008

    I agree with doing this in embroidery. Glitter everywhere on everything is a bit tacky. But embroidery would be beautifully nostalgic. Maybe gluing crystals on the fabric would work too!

  • rogiebaby 28 Dec, 2008

    It seems to be a lot of effort for a one use item ie; tablecloth. But if you did the same thing on a curtain, at least it would last for the whole winter season.

  • lovemyfamily 28 Dec, 2008

    I love the idea of doing this on sheer curtains.
    Thanks!

  • raynbow63 28 Dec, 2008

    What beautiful ideas. I love the idea of the pictures on the tablecloth but I would put one of those plastics over it so it don't dirty. I've added pics to a quilt for my mom and then she washed it. Imagine the phone call when my mom called me and said I didn't put the pictures on well, they all faded off!!!!

  • VickiSchmidt 28 Dec, 2008

    Or, you can do the same thing on sheer curtains! How beautiful would that be?!?

  • Sissy 28 Dec, 2008

    Hey, emptynester--how do you transfer pictures onto a sheet?

  • emptynester 28 Dec, 2008

    I love the idea of the embroidery with silver thread. I am using pictures of the family from past Christmases and applicationg these on a sheet that covers my table. These snow flakes would be a geat addition. I plan to a new picture each year. In a few years when the cloth is full, I will just make a newer one with newer pictures.

  • Luckylee 28 Dec, 2008

    good idea..

  • barnabysgirl 28 Dec, 2008

    If you don't want to use glitter and make it more permanent why not embroider the cloth with silver thread

  • mrslitz 28 Dec, 2008

    the fact that it will wash off is perfect. Use your regular white table cloth and when you're over the snow flakes, wash them off.

    I love this idea!

  • horseygal 28 Dec, 2008

    It is really beautiful, but what good would a tablecloth be if you cannot wash it?
    They tend to get pretty dirty :(

  • ChefJason 28 Dec, 2008

    The table cloth is a good thing but, how do you launder it?

  • BYE 28 Dec, 2008

    Love it, OR you can use glitter fabric paint and it can be hand washed. I like to use a thin paint brush instead of the squeeze bottle for more control.

  • Meezers 22 Dec, 2008

    Are there Martha templates for the snowflakes?