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Easy Table Runner DIY Projects – Drop Cloth Fabric

Y’all know I love creating table settings and creative tableware. A fun table cloth or table runner helps to anchor all the pieces and makes the table setting flow together.

I’ve created many Table Runner DIY Projects because I can’t find exactly what I’m looking for when planning a tablescape theme. So today I’m sharing a new table runner project that’s inexpensive and so easy to make using drop cloth fabric. In addition, I’m sharing some of my previous projects that can be adapted for any season.

Table Runner DIY Project for Cinco de Mayo

This week my Supper Club friends and I are sharing tablescapes for Cinco De Mayo. Each month we get together and plan a theme for our tables and create a menu to share with you.

I wanted a table runner to pull my festive table together but I couldn’t find exactly what I had in mind.

Using real limes as a stamp, I created this fun table runner and it’s going to be perfect for my Cinco De Mayo tablescape that you can see here.

Drop Cloth Fabric Table Runner Project

First, cut a length of drop cloth fabric 15 x 60 inches. Your size may vary depending on your table. I wanted a good length of the runner to drop off the table edge.

Next, wash your drop cloth fabric so that the edges will fray and create a fringe. In addition, I used bleach to lighten the fabric. This step is optional.

Once the fabric has dried, cut off any excess strings and press your runner until the fabric is smooth. You should have a good amount of fringe around the edges, however if you desire more, you can easily pull more stings to create a wider fringe.

Stamp your Fabric

Now you are ready to begin stamping the fabric with your fruit. I wanted to stamp limes for my Cinco De Mayo table runner. There are two things I discovered when I began this project.

  1. Limes didn’t create as dramatic effect as lemons. So I used lemon slices instead. No one can tell it was stamped with lemons.
  2. Press out as much moisture from the lemon slices as possible without damaging the shape of the delicate membrane. If there is to much moisture, the paint will not adhere correctly.

Supplies Needed
  • Drop Cloth Table Runner
  • Fruit cut into desired shapes ( I used Lemons instead of actual limes. )
  • Acrylic Paint in desired colors (Lime Green)
  • Wax Paper
  • Art Paint Brushes
begin stamping

Lay your drop cloth out and place a protective barrier between the fabric and your table. I used a length of wax paper which was a perfect fit. Pour paint onto a flat surface such as a paper plate.

Press the fruit slice into the paint and press off any excess onto another area on the plate. Then press onto the fabric in random areas until the paint needs to be replenished.

Alternate shapes and placement until the table runner has the desired amount of stamps. Once you have the area covered, you can use a small art brush to randomly fill in areas that didn’t stamp well.

You don’t want to make the shapes perfect so use a light hand when making any adjustments.

The table runner was just the perfect accent for my Cinco De Mayo tablescape. I can’t wait for you to see the full table ideas here. In addition, check out all our Cinco de Mayo recipes on this post.

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.

Other Table Runner DIY Projects

Last fall I made hand painted table runners for our tables at the outdoor kitchen. These were also made using drop cloth fabrics. See the full tutorial here.

see how to paint flowers on drop cloth.

One of my favorite table runner projects was using coffee filters to make a festive garland. Although I used the garland during the holiday’s, it would be a perfect project for a spring table as well as for weddings & showers. See how to make one here.

DIY Floral Garland table runner made from Coffee Filters

Y’all have seen my DIY Table Riser on several tables now. It isn’t exactly a table runner but it serves the same purpose of anchoring the table setting. It was another easy project but does require a few tools. See all the details here.

For this Easy to Make DIY Farmhouse Table Riser, you can use new wood but add a rustic appearance by distressing the wood and using a dry brush chalk paint technique. Create you own table riser with these easy to follow steps.

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Sunday 2nd of May 2021

How fun! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm!

Monday 3rd of May 2021

Cecilia, Thanks so much.


Wednesday 28th of April 2021

Brilliant idea to use lemons as a stamp!! I’d love for you to join us over at the Creative Crafts Linky Party every Wednesday through Sunday Followed and Pinned! 🙂 Creatively, Beth

Thursday 29th of April 2021

Beth, Thanks so much for the invitation. I really appreciate your encouragement.