If historians are correct, then the concept of table runners began in the middle ages, originally as a means of protecting tablecloths from sloppy diners.
Which meant a lot less work for the already frazzled housekeeping staff!
Imagine…when you use a table runner, you could be carrying on an ancient tradition, following in the footsteps of Anne Boleyn or Henry VIII…
In addition to protecting your tablecloth – as we’ve already noted – table runners provide a decorative element to a table setting, either as a contrast to your tablecloth or solo on a bare table.
If you love the idea of using a table runner – or you’d like some ideas on making more to add to your collection, check out these easy – and inexpensive – DIY table runner ideas.
You can create a table runner with a chalkboard look such as using part of a roll of chalkboard paper or repurposing an old chalkboard, or you can simply paint a piece of wood that’s been cut to size with chalkboard paint like Liz Marie did.
Here’s her easy DIY if you want to make one for your table.
Dollar store autumn leaves, burlap ribbon cut to length, hot glue and an hour or less and you’ve created a beautiful, fall theme look for your table.
No go and make your own – check out the helpful DIY here!
Lace adds a bit of elegance to a simple burlap table runner. Check out the easy tutorial here.
If you find yourself with extra burlap after making the table runner above, why not use it up making another, more simpler one?
Bonus: it’s a “no-sew” table runner!
Brightly colored ribbons of different sizes and design are woven together to make this beautiful table runner.
To make your own unique table runner with your ribbon stash check out the full tutorial here.
6. Quick and easy
Heat and bond tape and an assortment of vintage napkins combine to create a beautiful, truly unique table runner in about 10 minutes!
7. Napkin table runner
It’s easy to create a number of table runners with pre-fab cloth napkins and glue. This is a fast and easy way to create a table runner.
Bonus: purchase items from just about any dollar store to make this really fast and frugal project!
8. Fabric scrap
Finally, if you have some old neckties gathering dust in your closet, why not turn them into a beautiful runner for your table?
Tip: This project can be made a no-sew project with the use of fabric glue or fusible bonding tape.
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