{Tutorial} Fall Painted Table Runner

I’ve been on a painting kick. Ever since receiving my big box of Martha Stewart Crafts™ premium acrylic paints I’ve been painting a lot more than I normally do! Actually, I take that back…. I’ve never painted this much in my life. I’m in love with this product. This paint has changed my crafting life! I wanted to make an inexpensive table runner for our always bare dinning room table. I’ve seen others use drop cloths and I felt that this would be the perfect material to make a table runner. Plus, by using a drop cloth I knew I would have more than enough material to work with for projects later on down the road. This project took me less than an hour to create, followed by 24 hours of drying, another 5 minutes or so of heat setting the fabric paint, and then I was off to decorate our table. I’m in love with how our table now looks. Perfect for fall!


First, lay down a long piece of parchment paper (or newspaper). You’ll want something to protect the bottom surface of which you will be working on. My paint went through the drop cloth and if I had not lined my project with a protective piece of paper it would have ruined my counter top surface.

Iron the desired amount of drop cloth you’ll need for the project, and then proceed to hem the table runner with a sewing machine. I used the end of my drop cloth so I only needed to hem one side. However, after painting the drop cloth I realized how uneven the existing hem on the drop cloth was. You might want to hem all four edges yourself.

Next, position your stencil where you want it to be. Secure it with a few pieces of painters tape. Now, prepare your paint mixture. You will want to mix 1 part medium to 2 parts paint. (Since my paint was half way finished I mixed everything in the existing bottle; however, if your project won’t require a full or half bottle of paint I suggest you mix it in one of the empty bottles that comes with the roller tops kit). Now, you can begin to carefully roll the paint on to the stencil.

After you finish painting a section carefully move the stencil to match the pattern.

… and paint some more. Make sure you are covering the fabric generously with paint. *And, yes, I’m painting this project on our pool table! It was the longest possible space that I could use and spread out. If you don’t have a pool table (or an extremely large table) you could always use the floor!

I wanted to end the pattern the same way I started it. You’ll notice my stencil has overlapped one-third of the already painted fabric. That’s totally ok. The goal is to end where you begin. I also want to note how much I love the new roller tops. This makes painting stencils 100 times easier–glides easily and distributes paint evenly.

Now, let your finished painted table runner rest for 24-hours.

After your painted table runner has rested (and dried) for 24-hours you can heat set the fabric paint. I had never heard of heat setting until I was introduced to these paints. What heat setting does is make the paint permanent and washable. Using a piece of light weight fabric (like muslin as pictured) place it over the painted table runner. Place your iron (on high setting) on top of the muslin and keep on for 10-15 seconds. In fear of burning my projects I would keep the iron constantly moving; maintaining around 15 seconds on each area.

Once your table runner has been heat set you may now place it on your table and begin to decorate!

I think we are officially ready for fall in Florida!


  1. What a fabulous idea!
    Here is the blog post with your feature:


    Blessings! Kelli

  2. That turned out very nice!

  3. I love this! It’s rustic and beautiful and so fall! Great job.

  4. That is so cute, and such an easy project. I am definitely going to be buying some Martha Stewart paints.
    I am your newest follower and so excited to see what else you have to share.

    • Glad you like it. Very easy project to complete within a day. I’m not a painter/stenciler and I can use these projects with ease! I’ve heard through the grapevine that the paints will be on sale within the coming weeks. Keep your eyes peeled on the Michael’s flyers!

  5. Super Cute! I love it! 🙂

  6. Aaack!!! I LOVE it! I saw the thumbnail on Beneath My Heart and thought ‘Hey, that looks like my Martha stencil!’ lol. And it is! Of course, now I’ve gotta do one too 😀

    btw, I’m doing a 31 day blogging challenge w/Nester – Easy Holiday Paint Projects . . . and,yes, I’ll be using a lot of Martha’s stuff 😉

  7. Here from TT&J. This project is one of the three projects that caught my eye in the link-up. Out of 800+ projects, that’s saying a lot! I love this use of the stencil, and it has my mind reeling to figure out how I could apply the dropcloth/stencil to my home. At this point, runners are out since my toddler would immediately pull it– and whatever is on it– off of the table.

    • Hi Nicole, thanks for visiting and the kind compliments! I’m glad you like my project. What about making pillows? I’m currently working on a set of festive holiday pillows that will actually be on TT&J later this month!

  8. It is so pretty! I love the pattern and color!! I featured it on my TT&J facebook page 🙂


  9. Beautiful! I found you through Flamingo Toes. Thanks for sharing!

  10. We are just starting to see Martha Stewart products over here in Australia. They look great but I’m not sure I would be as talented as you in making something like this!

    Best wishes,

  11. Love this! Love the pattern, the color, the table . . . love everything about it!

  12. I love the color you used to stencil! It turned out really nice, and I think this stencil may go on my list!
    Found you at flamingo toes:)

  13. Your table runner looks great! Everything from the color you chose to the stencil 😉

  14. very cute idea! thanks for sharing!

  15. What an awesome stencil!! Your table runner came out perfect! Would love if you would stop by and share it at my linky party! http://everything-underthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/10/bedazzle-me-monday-2_02.html

    Have a great day!!

  16. This looks great. I love the idea of the stencil. I definately need to try out Martha new stuff.

  17. This looks great! I love the pattern and the color is perfect!

  18. This came out so well. Maybe I need to try that roller… I never have such great luck with stencils.
    Thanks for the tutorial.
    ~ Meredith From A Mother Seeking Come find me on my blog, A Mother Seeking…

  19. The possibilities for customizing this is endless! I love it!

  20. so gorgeous! found you via HOH.

    hope you’ll visit me and my giveaway:



  21. Love this, Katie! I’m going to put it on my FB page and feature it next week! 🙂

  22. NIce work-I love that color, too. So clever. I’ll miss you in Nashville this weekend. Twitter #FBFNASH to follow.

  23. What a wonderful project! I was just in Michaels yesterday and pondering these products– good to see a bit of what you can do with them. Thanks for sharing!
    Visiting from HOH~
    Heidi @ Show some Decor

  24. Great tutorial! i love it, thanks for sharing

  25. Hi, there! You’ve got so much creativity and I’m admiring them all. May I invite you to join me, too, at my Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop? Hope to see you there at the party 🙂

  26. This is great! Thanks for the inspiration!

  27. LOVING this! So cute! Thanks so much for linking with us at Show & Share!


  28. This. Is. Amazing. Absolutely beautiful! I’ll be featuring this on tomorrow’s Thrifty Thursday Link Party. Thanks so much for linking this up 🙂

  29. Love this! I have been doing a ton of stencils with my cricut lately. I linked up and I’m following you now 🙂

    I’d love it you come check out my blog sometime when you get the chance.


  30. This is breathtakingly beautiful!!! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with those of us who are not as creative! I cant wait to make this!!!

  31. Thanks for the feature!!!


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