A while ago we went to an outdoor dinner with a group of friends. We all brought parts of the meal, and I was responsible for the decor. I decided to use paper that I had at home to create place mats and candle holders. I was rather pleased with the outcome. (*)
So - actually the picnic did happen, but the decor didn't. It stayed packed safely away from the elements.
I did use the handmade paper decor at a family dinner later, but I didn't get any of the lovely early evening, candle-lit dinner by the seaside pics I was hoping for :-)
I decided to base the place mats on a hexagonal shape. I was reminded that a hexagon is a polygon with six sides, which I could create by placing 6 equilateral triangles together. (You can get an idea of this when you see the folds on the place mats)
I took some leaves from the garden, placed them on my triangle and used them to make a decorative edge.
This is the pattern I created (and which you can copy and print out if you would like to make one too):
I took a square of recycled paper (peel off backing from vinyl stickers), folded it in half, and then into thirds again. I used the pattern to guide my folds. I then cut through the six layers of paper, and unfolded it to form the leafy hexagon.
|Place Mat Cutting Diagram
|Paper Candle Pattern
- A beehive is full of hexagonal honeycombs
- The Allen Key I use on my over locker to change needles has a hexagonal shaped head, and that is why it is also known as a Hex Key