Summer Cherries Tablecloth Weights

Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-15We have a new backyard fire pit and barbeque grill (more on that to come very soon!) so we’ve been spending a lot more time than usual out back for dinners and s’mores. I set food and drinks on a sweet, old table covered with a vintage tablecloth from my collection. There’s often a good breeze blowing through our yard in the evenings and I’ve always used fishing weights hung from drapery clips to weigh down the corners of the tablecloth. I even have a set packed away in our camping gear for our many outings throughout the year.Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-04 The weight clips work just fine as-is, but after having so much fun crafting with Plasti Dip a couple of weeks ago and with this sweet card image as reference, I came up with a much more charming version of tablecloth weights. (Click here for free Summer Cherries card label downloads.)Cherries-CH-WL-PostcardI had all of the supplies I needed in my studio, but if you’re just setting out to craft this same project, it could get a little costly for just one set of four tablecloth weights. Therefor I recommend you craft a lot of these and package up multiple sets of 4 to keep on hand as the most awesome host gifts ever. They would also more cost effective in quantity for a large outdoor event with cherries hanging from all the tables.

A few of the items I started with for my weight project are:

  • 2-ounce cannonball sinkers (found wherever you can buy fishing supplies)
  • Metal curtain clips (found at most homewares stores, Ikea has the best price for bulk.)
  • Scrap green leather (repurpose swatches, thrifted purses or skirts!)
  • Plasti Dip Create Your Color w/tints (see more info on this product in my last project here.)

Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-01I mixed up some bright red Plasti Dip in a small aluminum cup using the clear dip and the red tint.Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-02I hung the sinkers from the clips and attached the clips to a cake pop stick (shown above stirring) for dipping. Slowly into the Plasti Dip just to the wire loop and slowly back out.Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-07I hung each sinker to dry from my studio clothesline.Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-05Once dry, I dipped again, this time I just brought the dip to the hanging sinkers.Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-08While the sinkers were drying, I cut out cherry leaf shapes from folded leather pieces based on the shapes shown on the reference card. I kept the middle section wide to create dimension when crimped in the next step.Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-09 I used galvanized fencing wire, just slightly narrower guage than a wire hanger and much easier to bend. Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-12Using needle-nose pliers/wire cutters, I cut a 6- 8-inch length of wire. Using the pliers, I made a loop in the middle, tucked the leather leaf into it and cinched it tight. Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-11I trimmed away the top length of wire about 1/4 inch above the leaf crimp and created another loop for the clip to attach. I trimmed the bottom section of wire about 2 or so inches below the leaf piece and and created a semi-closed loop at the end for attaching the sinker.Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-10Once all sinkers were completely dry I removed the drapery clip and hung them each from a wire stem,  closing the loop with the pliers.Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-13I attached the clip to the top loop and bent its loop closed.Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-14Here’s my newly crafted set of Summer Cherries tablecloth weights.Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-16You can certainly add more than one wire and sinker to the curtain hook for a cherry-bunch effect, but 2-ounces of cherry per corner works just fine for my little table and tablecloth.Cathe-Holden-Cherries-Weights-17

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