Fall Leaf Table Runner

3 Materials
30 Minutes

I love using table runners in place of traditional table cloths for special meals. I especially love paper runners because you can roll them up and recycle them after the meal - no need to scrub out stains and wash! This table runner stenciled with pretty gold leaves is perfect for Thanksgiving. Check out my other simple fall and Thanksgiving crafts!
A roll of butcher paper or kraft paper makes for a perfect table runner. Even pretty wrapping paper works great!

  • Roll of white butcher paper (24" - 36" wide)
  • Leaf stencils
  • Gold craft paint
  • Foam brush
Step 1:
Unroll the butcher paper to the length of the table and trim. If your paper is too wide, you can trim it to size or fold in the edges lengthwise.
Step 2:
Place the runner on a flat surface and stencil on the leaves using gold craft paint and an up and down blotting motion with the foam brush. Add a variety of leaves down the center of the runner and let dry.
Step 3:
Roll out your completed runner and set the table with some pretty placemats and gold rimmed plates and votives to match! You could even scatter some real leaves down the center of the table along with your runner. Just paint them with a little gold paint for a metallic touch!
If you like this simple fall leaf table runner craft, don't miss my other fall craft ideas!
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1 question
  • Peggy Burnette
    Peggy Burnette
    on Nov 23, 2019

    Great job. Could you use a dollar store plastic table cloth?

    • Linda Premo
      Linda Premo
      on Nov 23, 2019

      There’s no reason why not. Just trim it to the width of a runner and lay flat or stretch for awhile before you paint so the wrinkles have released. Use caution when lifting your stencil since the surface of the tablecloth is slicker than paper. You can Also use very inexpensive muslin to make your runners. Just sew or iron edges under and use fabric glue. Or you can leave it rustic or cut with pinking shears😉

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  • Patty
    on Nov 24, 2019

    Nice idea. Really dresses things up for low cost.

  • M
    on Nov 27, 2019

    Lovely! Thanks for posting!

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