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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.

{DIY} How to Make a Placemat Using Real Leaves


Nicole from Tikkido and Tradewind Tiaras is back with a great DIY for spring -- real leaf placemats! 

Years ago, I went to a wedding. A huge, amazing, extremely expensive, extraordinarily beautiful wedding. A food-we're-still-talking-about-13-years-later, $30k-just-on-the-favors wedding.  Everything at this wedding was perfect, including the flowers.

In particular, I've never forgotten the gorgeous tablecloth made entirely of real leaves that covered the cake table.  So lush, so natural, yet so elegant!  I've always wanted to duplicate that look--though on a smaller, more doable scale.  And so, with warm spring breezes on the air and fresh leaves on the trees, I figured out how to bring a little bit of that floral magic to my own home.


  • Leaves
  • Paper towels
  • Glue gun
1)  Gather a big pile of leaves, whatever is fresh and abundant in your yard.  Here in Phoenix, that meant lemon tree leaves.  But this would work with absolutely any type of leaf.  The larger the leaf, the less gluing you'll have to do, however!


2) Tear off a length of paper towels to the size you want your placemat/table runner to be.  You can also use scissors to trim the paper towels into any shape.  I particularly like circle-shaped leaf chargers under plates.

leafplacemat2 3)  Use the glue gun to glue the leaves to the paper towel, overlapping the leaves so that no paper shows through.

leafplacemat3 That's it!  Fast, easy, dramatic, inexpensive. Just the kind of craft I love!

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Thank you, Nicole, these would be perfect on a spring Easter table!

To learn more about Nicole (who enjoys decorating cakes but not eating them, Irish dancing, public radio, Old English language and archaeology, and geekery of all sorts), visit her at Tikkido and Tradewind Tiaras.

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