An easy way to add an element of green to your table is to create a covering made from a natural fiber cord such as jute or hemp. As mentioned in Milton’s Earth Friendly Jute Belt blog, Jute is 100% biodegradable and requires little to no chemicals for production.
I picked up a cute little set of 4 juice glasses and a matching carafe at a local second hand shop. If you want your set to be eco friendly try your second hand shops, stuff you already have or look into sets made of recycled glass (an ever-growing industry).
- Carafe/Pitcher + glasses
- Glue gun + glue sticks
- 8mm Jute Cord (00650-JUTE) (5 ½ yards for the carafe, 1 yard/glass)
- Glue one end of the 5-½ piece of cord to the base of the Carafe. Leave a little bit of the end unglued so that you can later point it upward and wrap the cord over it as you secure it around the circumference of the Carafe. I also started mine slightly above the actual bottom of the carafe so that it does not touch the table surface. This is optional.
- Continue to lay down about 3 inches of glue in the desired path of the cord. Keep snaking it around until you get to the end. You should be able to pull up part of the glued down cord with the end of a pair of scissors and tuck the raw end of the cord into it so that it is hidden.
- Repeat the same steps with the glasses.
- You’re done! Now you have the perfect set to serve wine or water in to your guests!
If you are hosting the hot-dog holiday event this year, try thinking, “What would Martha Stewart do?”. Most BBQ’s I have frequented have been stocked with sleeves of plastic cups for summer beverages. Thus far I have witnessed only weak attempts of adornment to these disposable drink holders. And by weak attempt I mean illegible scribbling of someone’s initials at a last minute effort to rescue an abandoned cup from contamination or “sharing”. So get out your scissors and glue America, it’s time to celebrate our country’s birthday.
(Yields 4 cups, multiply depending on how many friends you have or divide if you have no friends)
Making the Cups:
- Measure out 9″ pieces of gingham ribbon
- Roll up one end of one piece of ribbon with your fingers to make it small enough to lace through buttons. Refer to my blog image for suggested button arrangements.
- Once your buttons are laced onto the ribbon piece, slide them so that they are centered in the middle of the ribbon.
- Apply E600 glue to the backside of the ribbon and some to the buttons for good measure. Carefully place the ribbon glue side down around the cup. Refer to blog image for placement on cup, or if placed lower simply cut off access ribbon.
- Set aside to dry and move on the rest of the cups.
- Write down the names of the people on your guest list on the cups in the coolest font possible.
- Place the cups on a tray for guest to pick up as they enter. I would suggest making some extras and leaving the Sharpie beside them for any lurkers or tag-alongs.