Set the Table Tulsa:

The projects families can make together.

Focusing on family dinners goes beyond the food and includes how we chose to spend the time together for nurturing not only our bodies, but also our relationships. This MAKE article includes a few examples of low-budget or no-budget projects that families can do together this month to enhance the mealtime experience. Putting effort into including everyone in the process of livening up conversation as well as your surroundings can go a long way toward making lasting memories.

Family Candle


  • Tissue Paper
  • Mod Podge
  • Glass Votive or Holder
  • Crayons
  1. Bring your family together.
  2. Discuss idea to represent your family on the candle – a good place to begin is by answering the question “What about your family makes you proud?” Brainstorm how you could symbolize that on your candle.
  3. Tear or cut tissue paper to design your plan.
  4. Spread a thin layer of glue product to votive area. Lay your cutouts on top and then later again with next design piece.
  5. When complete, brush a final thick coat over entire outside of votive over your design.
  6. Let dry, light the candle, sit at family table and enjoy each other!

Table Talk Cards


  • Various Papers
  • Scissors
  • Crayons/markers, colored pencils, pen/pencil
  1. Bring your family together.
  2. Discuss the idea of conversation starter cards and what people use them for.
  3. Allow each family member some space to consider questions that you would love to ask your family. Make sure they are questions that will elicit longer stories from each person!
  4. Write one question down per sheet then liven it up with decorations!

Family Tablecloth


  • Old Sheet cut to size or old tablecloth
  • Various scrap material
  • No-sew adhesive sheets (or actually sewing your tablecloth is great, too)
  • Scissors
  1. Bring your family together to make the tablecloth
  2. Decide together how you want to represent each member of your family on the tablecloth.
  3. Cut out all of the pieces for your design.
  4. Sew in place (if using a no-sew, iron-on adhesive, follow directions provided on package).
  5. Place on your table and revel in your family’s accomplishment!
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