Simple DIY Table Runner Projects

It can be a challenge to add detail and color to your home, without overwhelming a room with clutter.  No matter what size your home, tablecloths in our dining areas are becoming passé. They need to be frequently cleaned, they can be a safety hazard with kids and pets, and they add just one more “thing” to clutter up the room. That having been said, it’s nice to add a touch of pattern, style and color to the focal point in your dining space, and table runners are being seen in every magazine and home decor showroom as the perfect alternative. Want a custom look? Then it’s time to create your own DIY table runner with these project instructions and inspiration. No matter what your style, table runners are easy to whip up, and can be creative  pops of design that can be removed for meals. Check out these table runner projects!



How to Make a DIY Table Runner

Our first project is from Live Laugh Rowe. She has this great tutorial for a stenciled drop cloth DIY table runner that is perfectly designed for any home. She has great step by steps too!


This pulled thread DIY table runner is our next project, and it’s super simple. Easy, no sew, and chic! From ‘Martha Stewart’.


We love the simplicity of this burlap runner from Wedding Chicks. Burlap, twine, done! Burlap is a hot material right now, and cheap!

DIY Table Runner Projects


Add something clever that adds character to your room! Loving this ruler drop cloth DIY table runner by Country Living!


Hopefully that will get you started creating your own table runner project. This can work for accent tables as well, or along a bedroom dresser or kitchen sideboard. You will want to check out our post on DIY dining nooks & banquettes …. And don’t miss DIY dining table makeovers over at TBD!

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Kathy Bates

Kathy Bates & Steve Bates (co-owners) – Woodard Bates Media LLC consisting of three blogs:, and

Kathy Bates’ previous writing credits include:

Former home decorating expert for Lifetime TV, Galtime and Country Woman Magazine.

Her book spent time at #1 on Amazon’s Home & Garden Topseller List in 2002.

Published or featured in numerous national publications, including:

Country Sampler’s Decorating Ideas magazine, Woman’s Day magazine, HGTV, The Wall Street Journal, CBS Marketwatch, Decorating Solutions magazine, Decorating Ideas magazine, The Seattle Times, Chicago Tribune, Kansas City News, The Oklahoman, Akron Beacon Journal, Pensacola News Journal and The Telegraph.

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