Add a touch of whimsy and essence of fall to the back of each chair with this simple-to-make apple chair swag. Use an upholstery needle to thread small apples onto jute twine. Tie onto chair backs and tie on additional lengths of coordinating ribbons for a playful look. Tip: Once apples are no longer in use for decorating purposes, use them for applesauce or pie filling.
No sewing skills? No problem! Bring a custom look to your everyday dining chairs by cutting two yards of fabric to size, then simply wrap the fabric up and over the back rest for use as a chair swag. Use a scrap of fabric in a coordinating color as a tie-back, then fasten the chair swag in place.
Make It: Choose approximately five different fabrics with similar colors, coordinated patterns and textures. Cut each into 12-inch strips, and then tie side by side to a strand of rope or banding. Attach along the sides of the chair by creating double or triple knots.
Make It: Use a drill and a 1/4-inch drill bit to add holes directly through the center of each apple. Next add electric tape to the edge of a spool of twine to prevent it from fraying, then guide the twine through the center of each apple, placing each snugly against one another. Knot the twine several times around the outside edge of the first and the last apple to finish.
Make It: Pick up firewood from a local vendor, then cut the logs into round or ovular placards. Once cut to size, use acrylic or latex paint and a detail brush to add names or holiday messages. For a more 3-D look, consider using wood or metal letters attached with wood glue. In keeping with the rustic motif, choose rope, twine or burlap ribbon to attach the bark to the chair, keeping it held in place with fabric weights stitched along the front edges.
The sophisticated dining room has terracotta-colored Venetian plaster walls and a traditional table surrounded by floral-printed dining chairs. Dramatic curtains and swags dress the large windows, while the room is grounded by an Oriental area rug. A beautiful chandelier is a sparkling centerpiece in the room.