One of the best things about the fall season is all of the crafts and DIYs that come along with it! If you haven’t noticed, we have a thing about decorating with pumpkins, using them on the front porch and in the dining room not to mention in vignettes and on mantles in the rest of the house. But what if you don’t have a surface to put them on? Tables take up space and if you love open spaces as much as we do, you don’t want to clutter up your house or apartment with a bunch of end tables. So why not suspend your surface?
Floating shelves are an easy solution. You could build them and attach them to the wall… or you could hang them from the ceiling! All it takes is a piece of wood, some twine and a hook! Oh, and don’t forget your pumpkins!
These wood rounds are available in various sizes at Home Depot and Lowes, and the size you use will depend largely on the size of your area. I purchased a 15″ round from Lowes and stained it using Minwax Dark Walnut stain. To stain, just use an old rag or tee shirt to wipe the stain on, then wipe it off with a dry rag immediately. The composite wood will absorb the stain really quickly, so it doesn’t need to sit long.
Once my round was stained, I used my Ryobi 18V drill to drive three holes in the wood. The holes form a triangle to evenly balance the “table”. These holes are what you’ll thread your twine through.
Once you’ve drilled holes in your wood round, cut three strands of twine to the desired length. I wanted my table to hang around three feet from the ceiling, so I cut three 3′ 6″ pieces of twine. I used Blue Hawk’s twisted jute twine from Lowes, but you can find twine at any craft store, Walmart or Target. Tie a knot at the bottom of one strand and thread it through one of your drilled holes. Do this for the other two pieces of twine as well. The wood piece should rest on the knots of twine if you gather the opposite ends and hold them up. If your knots are too small, just keep knotting!
Gather the three unknotted ends together, loop them over and tie them in a knot. This will be the very top of the table that hangs on your hook. I bought a decorative ceiling hook that I’m pretty sure is used for a plant, but is being repurposed in this case. It blended in with the ceiling on our patio which sold me on it immediately. Here’s the hook I purchased. Just follow the instructions to put it in the ceiling. Then hang your loop over the hook! Ta-da! You made your table!
Now the really fun part: decorating it! I had these white canisters… yes, I used a kitchen canister… from Target that I just thought would look gorgeous with flowers in them, and of course, it’s fall so I used mums! These purple mums are mostly white with just a hint of color, which provide a great contrast to the dark wood surface. After I planted the mums in the canister, I added two white mini pumpkins from Kroger. I love white. Can you tell? It’s been the perfect addition to our porch without crowding up the floor and still provides that bright, fall look that I love!
How are you decorating your fall tables?