Want to say something to your dinning guests without speaking a word? Say it with flare by creating a stenciled table runner with the words you wish to convey to your dinning guests. A stenciled table runner is easy and inexpensive to make, here’s how-
Materials Needed To Make Stenciled Table Runner
* Table runner without a stain resistant finish (**light color)
* Fabric paint or acrylic paint
* Round stencil brush
* Masking tape
* Bowl and paper towels
** A light colored table runner will showcase the stencil better than a dark color. If you have never stenciled before, practice on a scrap piece of fabric before attempting to apply stenciling to the table runner.
Prepare the Table Runner for Stenciling
Iron the table runner (no starch) thoroughly to remove all wrinkles. While the table runner cools down from being ironed, prepare work surface by covering it with a layer of paper towel. Spread table runner, right side up, over paper towel on the work surface, pulling the fabric taunt and taping it down to hold securely in place.
Painting the Stencil on the Table Runner
Decide where you want the stenciling to be located on the table runner and tape into place. Pour the fabric paint (or acrylic paint) into the bowl. Dab the round stencil brush into the paint and scrap off excess paint on the inside of the bowl. Hold paint brush vertically and apply inside the stenciled letters by dabbing. Use a short, quick dabbing motion to apply the stencil paint, stroking the fabric paint on will cause the paint to seep under the stencil edges.
Touch Up Paint on Table Runner
Allow the fabric paint to dry, then touch up any painted areas that are not sufficiently covered. Let the paint dry, remove tape and stencil. The stenciled table runner is ready to be used. Spot clean or launder table runner according to manufacturer’s directions as needed. Wipe the stencil clean with paper towel and it can reused if desired.
Stencils with sayings, such as ‘Live Love Laugh’, can be purchased at craft or fabric stores. Individual stencil letters and designs can be purchased to create your own sayings on a table runner by following the above directions, just be sure to align individual stencil evenly and use masking tape to secure each letter and/or design into place before applying fabric paint.