Thanksgiving DIY: Stencil a Harvest Border for Your Table Cloth

This Thanksgiving finish off your table with a personalized tablecloth that also perfectly complements your dinner ware! For our project, we chose a border stencil to add a harvest-themed trim to our otherwise plain linen tablecloth, but you could also choose an allover pattern from our Fall collection and it is just as easy and effective!
Time: Approximately 3 hours


Behr Premium Plus Ultra Paint: Red Chipotle & Stunning Gold

Royal Stencil Crme: Green Patina & Antique Gold

Stencil Brushes: three " Stencil Brush & one 3/8" Stencil Brush

Stencil: Brocade Border Stencil

Table cloth

Painter's Tape

Paper Towels


Step 1: Using a piece of chalk and a ruler, create a border inside your tablecloth that is the same size as your table. This will work as a guideline for the stencil.

Step 2: To make sure the space between your guidelines is the same all the way around, create a second line that is the width of the stencil. This will allow the corners of your stencil to perfectly match.
Step 3: Place the stencil between your guidelines. We recommend stenciling with the Red Chipotle Behr paint using a " Stencil Brush first. Paint along the center of the leaves on the stencil and the grapes elements. Remember to load your brush with paint, then offload on a piece of paper towel before stenciling your work.
Step 4: Now use the Stunning Gold Behr paint to stencil the remaining areas of the stencil with a clean " stencil brush. Having separate brushes for each color of paint will make stenciling a lot faster. Make sure to blend in the colors and cover all the elements of the stencil.
Step 5: Using the Antique Gold Stencil Creme and a " Stencil Brush, lightly stencil through the whole design to add a little shimmer and depth to the pattern.

Fall Table Cloth DIY with Brocade Border Fall Stencil by Royal Design Studio | Paint + Pattern

Step 6: With a 3/8" stencil brush, stencil all the stems on the design using the Green Patina Stencil Crme. Also blend this with the previously stenciled colors.
Step 7: In this stencil, the registration marks are placed outside the stencil design. We recommend using a piece of painter's tape to mark them. As you move the stencil, simply align for the next repeat.

Step 8: When you reach a corner use painter's tape to mark where your stenciling should transition. The tape should be placed from the corner of the table cloth through the corners of the guidelines you traced on steps 1 & 2.

Step 9: When you are done with the first side of the corner, remove tape and reposition it on top of the pattern's stenciled edge. Align the stencil again so the pattern looks continuous. Then stencil the second part of that corner.

Step 10: Repeat steps to finish all 4 sides of your table cloth.

It's that easy! In no time at all, you'll have a beautiful tablecloth for your Thanksgiving Day feast!

Want some more Fall-themed DIY fun? See what ideas we're thankful for our Fall /Thanksgiving Stencil Collection as well as our Fall Festivities page on Paint + Pattern!
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