Add a splash of color to your tablescape with this DIY Paint Stir Stick Table Runner. With a little paint, some burlap (or fabric), and glue, this runner comes together in under 15 minutes! Scroll down to see how easy it is to make your own!
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Cost: FREE (if you ask nicely at the home center)
Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy. Coat stir sticks with paint, and then glue them to a piece of burlap or fabric to hold them in place.
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Paint Sticks – Get about 48 to create a 4-foot runner
Craft Glue – Choose an all-purpose glue
Paint – Get at least two colors to create a pattern. You can probably get by with the mini samples from the home center.
Burlap or Fabric
Burlap or Fabric – 1 @ 10″W x 48″L
1. Paint the Paint Sticks
Divide the paint sticks
into two equal groups. Using a paintbrush
or small roller, paint the paint sticks in each group in contrasting colors.
2. Prep the Burlap
, trim the burlap
to a strip that runs 48-inches-long and 10-inches wide. Note you can also use fabric or another flexible underlayment for this step.
3. Position the Burlap
Lay the burlap on a 4-foot-long piece of wax paper
. This will prevent the glue that seeps through the burlap from sticking the assembled runner to the work surface.
4. Apply the Glue
to the backside of the first paint stick stopping within one inch of each end where the paint sticks will overhang the edges of the burlap.
5. Attach the First Paint Stick
Place the first paint stick
along the end of the burlap so that it completely covers the edge. Ensure the paint stick runs square to the strip of burlap.
6. Attach the Second Paint Stick
Apply glue to the second paint stick. Position the paint stick so that the indentation on the “handle side” of the stick is placed in the opposite direction as the handle on the first paint stick. Press the paint stick into place snuggly beside the first stick so that the two are touching.
7. Finish the Runner
Finish attaching the paint sticks
in alternating directions and colors to create the pattern. Allow the glue to dry, and then remove the wax paper beneath the runner.
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