What makes decorating and entertaining during Christmas and New Year's enjoyable is also what makes it stressful: the time taken from busy schedules to slow down enough to do it. I wanted to find a way to transition my Christmas table to New Year's that would provide the biggest impact with the least amount of effort. So, covering candleholders and making napkin rings with vellum sleeves was a big ta-da moment for me. The entire project took less than 30 minutes and was easy, easy, easy!
A quick swap out of traditionally colored Christmas ornaments for white and silver to match our New Year's palette finished the look.
What you need:
Vellum paper, found in the scrapbooking section of craft stores
Pencil and eraser
Star template, found online using a Google Images search
Self-healing cutting mat
Double-stick tape, or glue dots from the scrapbooking section of the craft store
1. Measure the circumference of the candleholder and add 1/4 inch. Cut a piece of vellum to that size so it will wrap around the candleholder. Then use the pencil to draw stars onto the vellum. Use a template, or draw the stars free-form for a whimsical touch.
2. Place the vellum on the cutting mat and use the craft knife to carefully cut out the points of the stars, stopping just before the place where the point joins the body.
3. Once all of the tips of the stars have been cut free, erase the pencil marks and gently lift the star points to make the design three-dimensional. The curvature of the candle holder will pop the stars out a bit, but a little more depth is nice.
4. Tape the sheets to the candleholders and accent with ribbon.
We used the same method to make napkin rings out of vellum and coordinating ribbon.