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Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner DIY

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner |

Our super chic blog contributors, Kristen and Missy from Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, are sharing an easy table runner made out of craft paper, perfect for a colorful summer party or baby shower!

A brightly colored table runner is a great way to take a party table from boring to beautiful, and with this table runner, there is no sewing involved because it's made from craft paper. This quick, easy, and inexpensive party DIY is a fun way to add a little color to your next event!


  • Roll of craft paper
  • Scissors
  • Assortment of acrylic paint
  • Wine cork
  • Paper towels

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner |


Unroll your craft paper and cut it to the length of your table, adding a foot of length to each side. This will not only look nicer, but it also help to keep the runner in place.

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner |

Squeeze out a bit of paint onto a piece scrap of paper. You won't need much, as a little goes a long way for this project!

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner |

Next, gently dip your cork into the first paint color, only applying it to the very base of the cork.

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner |

Blot off any excess paint onto a paper towel, leaving enough paint to transfer a couple of polka dots onto your craft paper.

Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner DIY

Carefully press the paint-coated cork straight down onto the craft paper and lift, leaving a perfect polka dot!

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner |

Repeat the previous steps with your other paint colors, being careful to wipe the previous color from the cork with a paper towel.

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner |

Don't be concerned about perfectly spacing your dots, imperfections add to the charm! This should leave you with a fun polka doted pattern throughout the entire runner.

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner |

Add your new runner to your table and enjoy!

DIY Craft Paper Polka Dot Table Runner |

Thanks so much, Missy and Kristen! This table runner would look great at a rustic brunch or as part of a shabby chic dessert table!

To learn more about Missy and Kristen, please visit them at Sweetly Chic Events & Designs, and on FacebookPinterest, and Instagram.

My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week - March 30th

Here are my favorite parties for the week...

Check out this amazing superhero boy birthday party, the children gather for a spring cookie decorating party, an adorable, classic sock monkey party for a first birthday, and a lovely shabby chic party where the girls get to dress up in gorgeous dresses.

My Four Favorite Parties of the Week March 30 |

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Have a great week! We're on spring break!


My 4 Favorite Parties of the Week - Nov. 10th

Here are my favorite parties of the week!

An  Super Mario Bros party that will knock your socks off... a delicate and girly shabby chic party with beautiful desserts... a fantastic Toy Story party...and a sleepover glamping s'mores party!

4 Favorite Parties 11-10Clockwise from top left:

Thanks for the inspiring parties this week. Can't wait to see what you add next week!

7 Tips for Throwing a Shabby Chic Cinderella Birthday


Here are 7 tips for throwing an amazing Shabby Chic Cinderella Birthday from Elena at World Wide Party.

1. What was the inspiration for your party?

My daughter is now in her "Cinderella" phase and of course she wanted an all-Princess party for her 4th birthday. A couple of months before her birthday, I found two beautiful vintage wooden wall decorations: one of Cindererella and the carriage, and one of the first original Little Golden Book of Disney’s Cinderella (1952). It was really interesting to see how the drawing changed through the years and as a graphic designer- I fell in love with the first editions and used that for my inspiration. From there I created all the decorations and the invitation with something like a shabby chic vintage style and Cinderella’s silhouette with a rose.

2. How long did it take to put together?

I started to collect vintage decorations, fabrics and other details 5 months before the party. I have usually a big box where I put everything I think might be useful or nice for the party. The last month I put everything together and created the color palette and the graphic design.

3. What food/drink did you serve?

We are from Italy and we just moved to San Francisco last summer. I decided to prepare all of the party food and the dessert Italian specialties. Along with macaroons I had rose shaped cake-pops, mini cupcakes, and personalized "Pasta Frolla" cookies that I hand made. Cantucci (cookies with almonds that are made for enjoying with a great sweet liquor wine, the "Passito di Pantelleria") were served as well as a homemade Zabaione cream with fresh fruits.

For the lunch I prepared “Pasta Fredda” (pasta salad): vegetables presented on cupcake liners with tomatoes, shredded grana cheese, mozzarella di bufala and basil. I also made home-made polenta cubes grilled with cheese and mini meatballs with tomato sauce. The wooden tray featured Prosciutto Crudo, Bologna, Salame Calabrese and some cheeses like Gorgonzola, pecorino and Grana padano with olives and bruschetta. Needless to say - no one left hungry - we are Italian!

4. What activities did you have?

I prepared a table in a corner with all the accessorize for the little princesses and the little princes charming in order to get "ready for the ball." The girls could wear tiaras, jewelry, take a magic wand and wear a personalized tutu, while the boys had matching bowties and a sword. After a little dance party, a magic Princess came to our house to entertain the kids with some fun games and a tricks!

5. What was your budget?

I spent around $800 for food and decorations (I made everything by myself and am a good cook!) plus $190 for the Princess.

6. What was your favorite moment?

The "cake time" is always my favorite moment. We sing Happy Birthday in English and Italian...and looking at my daughter's eyes while blowing her candles, made my heart melt!

7. Do you have any advice for someone who wants to throw a similar party?

I would suggest reading some old Cinderella Books, I learned so much and got my inspirations from them. It is amazing how the drawings changed through the years and I spent a lot of time with my daughter reading all those different versions. I'm, in fact, a Cinderella historian now!

If you are inspired, please check out the whole Shabby Chic Cinderella Birthday! Thanks, Elena, for all your insights!

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