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How To Make A Kraft Paper Tablecloth For Outdoor Party

One of the least expensive ways to decorate an outdoor party table is to make a Kraft Paper Tablecloth! Here is an easy, inexpensive way to make the tablecloth creative and festive. A unique one-of-a-kind idea that you don’t have to worry about getting damaged.

Kraft paper tablecloths are a great way to protect your table from spills and messes. They are also a stylish and affordable option for any event.

We are planning a Low Country Boil Party, and if you’ve ever been to one, you know they are messy.

NO WAY am I using any of my vintage linens for this party. However, I want the tables to look cute and fun, so here’s what I did.

Use paint, stamps and sharpies to create the diy kraft paper tablecloth you desire.

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What Supplies Do You Need For A Kraft Paper Tablecloth?

First, purchase a roll of Kraft Paper. You will be able to cover several tables with a roll and have plenty left over for other projects.

I like to keep a roll of Kraft Paper on hand.

It’s great for wrapping paper in a pinch, and I use it for protecting tables during craft projects.

In addition, I’ve used it for many craft projects.

Next, you will want some Large Sharpies in colors that work with your theme.

You can also use stamps to create designs on kraft paper. I used this crab stamp from this set.

Instead of using an ink stamp pad, I used this red paint and this brayer roller to flatten the paint.

Note: This was a seafood dinner, and therefore, the black and red colors work for my theme. You will want to consider your theme before purchasing your supplies.

What size is your table?

To begin your project, you need to determine the size of your table.

I always cut the kraft paper approx. 12 inches longer than the table length, allowing a 6-inch drop on each end. If a guest will be seated at the end of the table, shorten the drop to about 3 inches on each end.

For this project, my outdoor tables are almost exactly the width of the kraft paper roll which is very convenient.

What Is Your Party Theme?

Next, decide on your theme and begin to determine what you want your tablecloth to look like.

Our Low Country Boil Party is an adult event and normally, I would set the table with chargers and beautiful dishes. However, for this casual party, we are using paper plates and paper napkins in a buffet style.

So here’s what I did first.

Create any design for your kraft paper tablecloths

Draw The Plate Chargers on the Kraft Paper

First, draw a circle or plate on the kraft paper at each place setting.

I used a paper plate to trace a circle using a large black Sharpie pen.

Use a plate to draw a circle onto the kraft paper tablecloth

Then to enhance the area, I continued to draw circles around the original traced circle.

Draw circles onto the kraft paper

Add A Stamp Design

Once all the circles are drawn, use the paper plate as a pallet and pour a small amount of the red paint into the plate. When working with stamps of decorative rollers, you want to flatten the paint with Brayer Roller.

You may remember this technique from these Painted Flour Sack Napkins I shared earlier this year.

Flatten paint with brayer roller

Next, press the rubber Crab stamp into the paint and begin pressing randomly onto the circles you’ve drawn on the kraft paper tablecloth.

You will need to reapply paint to the stamp approx. every two times, your stamp the design.

Stamp crab design onto the kraft paper

To finish each place setting, I used a red Sharpie to add a menu to the center of each place setting.

It’s just a list of what coming out of the Low Country Boil Pot.

Write the menu on the place settings with a sharpie

Isn’t this just the cutest?

DIY Kraft Paper Tablecloth ideas for low country boil.

Finally, you can now add your centerpieces to the table, and you are ready for your Low Country Boil Party.

Once the evening is over, you don’t have to worry about spilled butter or cocktail sauce. Guest can even throw their shells right onto the table as well.

Just roll up the tablecloth and toss it in the trash.

The Buffet Kraft Paper Tablecloth

In addition to the dining tables, we also have a table for appetizers, sides, and desserts. Therefore, I added one more Kraft paper tablecloth.

Taking the same theme, I randomly placed the crab stamp all over the tablecloth and then added the boil pot ingredients as well.

Low Country Boil Kraft Paper Tablecloth ideas

This is such a fun and inexpensive way to dress up your outdoor tables for a casual party.

Create Placemats on the kraft paper tablecloth

Be sure to see How to Host a Low Country Boil for more tips for a casual party.

Low Country Boil Centerpiece with fresh herbs, milk glass vases and flags.

Watch Video Tutorial

I look forward to seeing what you do with your Kraft paper tablecloth ideas. Be sure to share them with me.

Resources – Suggested Supplies

For your convenience, I’ve provided you with a list of supplies needed to complete this project. Just click below to shop.

Resources – Low Country Boil Supplies

More Painted Projects

Here are a few other projects you may enjoy.

Thanks so much for stopping by. Here is an inexpensive free herb centerpiece idea for the Low Country Boil Party. Don’t miss the full menu and recipes to complete your party.

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Tuesday 16th of May 2023

Oh, my gosh! What a fun and easy idea!


Thursday 25th of May 2023

Debbie, I'm glad you like this. There are so many possibilities.


Tuesday 16th of May 2023

Love this one - great idea!


Thursday 25th of May 2023

Stacy, Thank you.

Marie-Interior Frugalista

Sunday 12th of June 2022

What a fun and adorable idea for any summer gathering! The possibilities for embellishing the circles with a themed stamp are endless. I've got the roll of brown paper at the ready so this is definitely happening at our house.

va in nc

Thursday 18th of May 2023

@Rachel, Love this kraft table cloth...will be using your idea this summer when I host a low country boil when grands visit. My kids will enjoy drawing the place settings. Thank you so much .


Sunday 12th of June 2022

Marie, you will have a good time creating your tablecloth. It is a lot of fun!

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Tuesday 7th of June 2022

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Friday 3rd of June 2022

This is such a fabulous idea, Rachel! I just pinned it to my board so I don't forget about it come July 4th weekend. We're always eating outside and looking for fun ways to make the table festive so this will be perfect. Sending you hugs, CoCo


Friday 3rd of June 2022

CoCo, I'm so glad you like this idea.


Friday 3rd of June 2022

CoCo, I'm glad you like this idea.