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DIY Hand-painted Drop Cloth Table Runner

Hey Y’all I’m excited to be planning a Welcome to Fall Dinner here at the Ponds. We plan to use the outdoor kitchen and patio area to entertain our guests and I wanted something to dress up the tables. Since the atmosphere is very casual, I decided to use table runners instead of table clothes.

Do you know how hard it is to find fall table runner’s in various lengths? Well, it’s impossible so here is how I made a DIY Hand-painted Drop Cloth Table Runner for each table. They are custom made to fit all the different table lengths for our outdoor kitchen and entertaining area. Yay!

Prepare Drop Cloth

Before you start this project, wash and dry the drop cloth. Remove from dryer while damp to avoid having to press.

First, cut your table runner’s the length and width you need from the drop cloth material. Allow about 1/2 inch on each side for hem if you plan to hem the edges of your runner.

Drop Cloth for Tablerunner

I personally used a serger machine to stitch the raw edges and stop them from fraying. There are several options, including turning the edge under and stitching with a sewing machine. If you don’t have a sewing machine, you can use fabric glue to fold the raw edge under. Another option is to leave the edges raw and use a liquid fray block to keep it from unraveling any further.

Serge edges of drop cloth for tablerunner

Draw flowers on DIY Drop Cloth Table Runner

Once you have your table runners cut to size and the edges taken care of, it’s time to draw your flowers. For this step, use a dark brown or black sharpie marker with a fine point. Begin at the bottom edge of the runner and draw lines using the sharpie up the fabric at varying lengths. These will be the stems of your flowers.

draw flower design with sharpie for DIY Fall Table Runner

Next, begin to draw the flowers themselves. Begin in the center of each flower and draw a swirling circle for the flower’s center. Then, draw larger swirling circles for the petals. I like to make some more round and other’s more oval in shape.

This is a fast process and the flowers can be messy because no two should be identical.

draw designs onto drop cloth for diy table runner

Hand Paint the Flowers on the table runner

For the next step, you will need to determine the colors for your flowers. I choose blue, orange and yellow. I choose to use Chalk Paint for the hand painted flowers because it’s pliable and doesn’t require a fabric medium. If you use regular craft paint, add a fabric medium so the table runner’s will not be stiff where painted.

Thin paint with water

Mix you paint with water at approximately a 50/50 ratio. You will want to see through the paint once it’s applied to the flowers. Using the same swirling motion, paint each flower. There is no need to stay within the lines as you paint. Allow your brush to just float over the drawn flowers.

paint with thin paint for DIY Flower Table Runner

In addition to the flowers, add a few leaves to the stems. For these, I used just a dab of brown craft paint to each leaf.

Paint details of table runner with small brush

DIY Hand-painted Drop cloth Table runner Finished

Once the paint is dry, you can place your new DIY Hand-painted Drop Cloth Table Runner on the table. I can’t wait to use the cute table runner’s at my fall event.

Table runner is perfect with fall decor

You will also like this hand painted pumpkin pillow cover tutorial.

Hand painted flower table runner made from drop cloth

The colors work perfectly with the chair cushions that I use in the outdoor kitchen.

If you’d like to see more about the outdoor kitchen entertaining area, you can see before and after here.

Flower table runner DIY project

Note: Heat Set Table Runner – Place a piece of fabric or towel over the painted area once it is completely dry. Use a hot iron to press over the entire painted area. You can now hand wash your table runner safely.

DIY Hand painted Flower Table Runner made from drop cloth

Click here to see how to make tassels to add to the table runners. If you’d like to see how I planned for this party click here and here are the table arrangement details.

Fall DIY Hand Painted Table Runner

Other DIY Tableware Ideas You Can Make

You can see how I made the Earthenware Vessel from a thrift store find here.

Fall DIY Table Runner

More Drop Cloth Projects

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I look forward to sharing my next adventure with you.

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How to make these easy DIY Hand Painted Table Runner's from Drop Cloth Material.  Simple instructions and fun craft to make for fall decorating.

Jennifer Howard

Thursday 11th of August 2022

This is a great project!! Your flowers are so cute!


Saturday 13th of August 2022

Jennifer, I really appreciate your kind words.


Thursday 11th of August 2022

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Saturday 13th of August 2022

Regina, I appreciate this so much.


Thursday 11th of August 2022

This table runner is beautiful. The colors are perfect for fall. You’re so talented. I think if I tried to draw flowers they’d look like a kindergartner did it!


Saturday 13th of August 2022

AnnMarie, I'm sure that's not true. Thanks so much.


Thursday 11th of August 2022

This is such a great idea and I am totally making it!


Thursday 11th of August 2022

Thanks so much.

Lora Bloomquist

Wednesday 10th of August 2022

This turned out so cute! Love the idea of using a dropcloth as a runner and the handpainted details are so pretty. Brown sharpie: great idea!


Thursday 11th of August 2022

Lora, I'm so glad you liked this project.