Holiday Tablescape DIY Linen Pinboard

Submitted by Ana White on Tue, 12/23/2014 - 13:12
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DIY Dropcloth "linen" pinboard made from foam and a dropcloth!  

Happy Holidays!!!

I'm sure you've been enjoying the wonderful Holiday Tablescapes that some of the best DIY bloggers out there have been sharing!!!

My friend (and super talented DIY Blogger) Jen Woodhouse this year is hosting 12 Days of Christmas Tablescapes, and I'm delighted to be part of it this year!!!

If you haven't already - check out the beautiful Holiday tables - you'll definitely be inspired!!!


And here's the story on mine ---

So I live out in the sticks in Alaska, 100 miles on a two-lane icy road from the nearest Walmart ... and a good 350 miles from the nearest Target.  Let's just say shopping isn't an easy thing to do for me.  Getting a centerpiece is an all-day ordeal, complete with a baby crying in the back seat.  God has blessed me with many, many things, for which I am very thankful, but kids that like car seats or taking naps on trips was not one of them.  

As my date for the party got closer and closer, I got more and more stressed about not having a tablescape done, worthy of this party.  Have you seen some of these tablescapes????

So finally, I decided to just shop my house, and use what I have.

Yes, I have Corelle dishes.  Yes, that's my babysitter's scarf that she just happened to be wearing on the morning of this photo shoot.  Yes, that's the baby's changing table turned into a buffet.  Yes, that's a table made out of 2x4s and plywood.  And yes, that linen pinboard is really just a giant piece of foam covered in a drop cloth (tutorial on the pinboard below). 

Perfect isn't possible for us right now.

But beautiful and welcoming sure is.

Hope this post inspires you to shop your house and use a little DIY creativity to make your home a little more beautiful and welcoming this holiday season.

Have the Merriest of Christmases!

Love Ana and Family


PS - Check out below how I DIYed that "linen" pinboard too!




48" x 48"


Shopping List

48" x 48" piece of 1" thick foam insulation
Drop cloth piece at least 5 feet x 5 feet
1/2" staples

General Instructions

Please read through the entire plan and all comments before beginning this project. It is also advisable to review the Getting Started Section. Take all necessary precautions to build safely and smartly. Work on a clean level surface, free of imperfections or debris. Always use straight boards. Check for square after each step. Always predrill holes before attaching with screws. Use glue with finish nails for a stronger hold. Wipe excess glue off bare wood for stained projects, as dried glue will not take stain. Be safe, have fun, and ask for help if you need it. Good luck!


Step 1

Cut the drop cloth large enough to wrap around the foam piece. Secure on back side with staples.

Finishing Instructions
Preparation Instructions
Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth.

It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.
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Tue, 12/23/2014 - 13:55

I'd rather take beautiful, warm, and welcoming over perfection any day. Ana, every detail about your tablescape is gorgeous and inspiring. Thank you SO much for joining us on our little tablescape tour! Merry, merry Christmas to the White family! Here's to a wonderful 2015! xoxo


Wed, 12/24/2014 - 07:20

It turned out beautifully Ana! It looks light and rustic. Perfect in my book! I hear what you're saying about the pressure though! Everyone really brought their A-game to the tour!

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Wed, 12/24/2014 - 07:46

Your table set up is perfect! Your sister's scarf adds the perfect touch. I love that garland, it looks so real . Have a Merry Christmas


Wed, 12/24/2014 - 11:54

I love this setup. Too often we rely on shopping to spruce up a space, but using what we already have in a new way. The table looks fabulous, and your family we be very blessed to enjoy the holiday there together!


Thu, 12/25/2014 - 18:58

I love the simplicity of this table!! I can't wait to build it for my home. I noticed the original plan called for three truss legs but since this has four chairs around it does it have an additional leg to provide spacing for the four chairs? Thanks so much for sharing this with us!

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