Put your party hats on! We are celebrating the release of my friend Melissa‘s new book called Scandinavian Gathering with not one but two fun surprises: 1) an exclusive DIY extract from the book, and 2) an Instagram giveaway so you can win a copy of the book here.
When Melissa asked me a few months ago if I could help her review and promote the book, of course I said yes – she is my friend, and it’s a book about Scandinavia so really, it was a not brainer! If you’ve been a reader for a while, you’ve got to know by now that I am NUTS about anything Scandinavian. What I didn’t expect though when I told her I would help, is to love the book THIS MUCH! I have pretty hight standards when it comes to books, and just found myself drooling all over every single of the 70 recipes and crafts. Every page took me back our vacations visiting my husband’s family in Denmark.
One of my favorite projects in the book is the one I am sharing with you today: a DIY Danish townhouse place card holders. Every time we go to Denmark, hubby and I make a point of spending a day together in Copenhagen (best city!!!) and we aways visit the old port of Nyhavn. The colors of the houses in Nyhavn are just amazing – see here in my IG feed!- and so I just had to make a few of these place holders. They are so fun for little dinner celebrations, and they look awesome on our shelves whenever we are not using them.
Hope you have fun with this project! And don’t forget to enter the giveaway on my Instagram account here for your chance to win your own copy of Scandinavian Gatherings.PS: I changed the DIY a bit when I did my townhouses because I didn’t have terracota-colored paint – so just ended up staining the roof part. But I love seeing the wood plain as is
*(c)2016 By Melissa Bahen. All rights reserved. Excerpted from Scandinavian Gatherings; From Afternoon Fika to Midsummer Feast 70 SIMPLE RECIPES & CRAFTS FOR EVERYDAY CELEBRATIONS: 70 Simple Recipes and Crafts for Everyday Celebrations by permission of Sasquatch Books.
Danish Townhouse Place Card Holders
Nyhavn, or “New Harbor” in Danish, is a waterfront area in Copenhagen that is famous for its colorful buildings. Yellow, orange, blue, red, and pink, the white-trimmed houses are one of the most famous sights in Denmark—just ask any postcard! These adorable little townhouse card holders are so versatile. They can hold place cards at a breakfast gathering, menu cards at a dinner party, and even photos, postcards, and keepsakes.
MATERIALS & TOOLS:
1 (2-by-2-inch) piece of wood
Small handsaw or jigsaw Miter box (optional) Sandpaper Sponge brush
Craft paint in white, red, dark gray, terra-cotta, pastel pink, pastel blue, pastel yellow, and pale orange
Soft-bristled paintbrush, about 1⁄4 inch wide
White fine-tipped oil-based paint marker
9. Allow the paint to dry completely. If the slot for the cards has paint stuck in it, gently pop your handsaw back into the space to dislodge any paint and to reopen the slot.