Burlap Table Runner DIY

This easy DIY Burlap Table Runner can be made in less than an hour. I love this farmhouse burlap table runner that I made with burlap fabric and a paint roller.

One of my favorite things is to try to figure out how to add a splash of color or dimension to a table. This DIY does both! Whether you are a master crafter or a crafting newbie, this craft is for you! Are you ready to learn how to make this?

DIY Burlap Table Runner

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A Farmhouse Table Runner

Burlap Table Runner Details

I love to make table linens and I have been wanting to make a burlap table runner for quite some time! Since I had some leftover sage green burlap, from when I made a burlap farmhouse table cover, I had all of the supplies in my craft room. The thing that most don’t realize about this runner is that it is so easy.

You can buy a burlap runner or make one and then all you have to do is use a paint roller to “paint” the design. It is so simple to make.

DIY Project Burlap Table Runner

Isn’t the simplicity of this runner wonderful? It’s such a great style and goes with about any white, off-white, or green china and I love that I had plenty of dishes and glassware to set up this table.

This table runner adds a lot of decor and texture to my table.

Burlap Table Runner DIY

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How to Make a Burlap Table Runner

  • one – to make this burlap table runner, all you need is 2 yards of burlap (for a 72″ runner, you can adjust the size as needed) or a premade burlap runner, my favorite paint roller, and some acrylic paint. I mixed white and beige paint to make an off-white paint color.
  • two – measure the width of the runner (I made mine 16″ wide) and make a 1/2 clip to mark the width.
  • three – slowly pull the thread at the 16″ mark all the way through the piece of fabric. By removing the thread, you are creating a cut line.

You can also buy a table runner if you don’t want to make the runner. Here is an entire page of options to buy a burlap table runner.

  • four – the missing thread is what your cut line looks like! Slowly cut along the line all the way through the fabric.
  • five – once you cut along the edge, this is what the edge should look like.
  • six – once I cut around all of the edges, you can see what my scrap of fabric looked like.
  • seven – slowly pull the threads on the edges to the desired look. Do the same on all edges.
  • eight – mix your paint. You can use one color. I wanted off-white and I just mixed some white with a little bit of tan paint.
  • nine – spread the paint on a flat paint and roll the paint roller to cover the entire roller. Roll as far as you can before the paint runs out. It should be about one and a half rolls. Add more paint and continue. If you want, you can place the roller in the position where you stopped to continue the pattern. Once the paint is dry, use an iron on a low setting to set the paint. After it is ironed, the paint is permanent.

I decided to paint a row of flowers on each side of the roller even though I could also have painted down the middle of the runner. But I can give you a tip, it is much easier to paint along the edge because you can use it as a guide. Painting down the middle might be a bit harder to keep it straight.

Burlap Table Runner DIY Painting the Burlap

You can see the design here. It’s a look that it isn’t overly defined.

Burlap Table Runner DIY

I mentioned that it took very little time to make this burlap table runner. It should take you less than an hour. If you start with a premade burlap runner (there are links below) it should take you only about twenty minutes!

Burlap Table Runner Closeup

I cannot wait to make a few more of these runners and I definitely want to make one for the holidays. Wouldn’t it look cute with snowflakes?

Burlap Table Runner

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Frequently Asked Questions

How do you wash burlap?

If you must wash burlap, hand wash it separately in cool water using mild soap. Be sure to handle the burlap gently as the wet burlap can be brittle. Don’t wring it or twist the fabric so be careful.

Can you use acrylic paint on fabric?

Yes. Once the paint is dry, iron the paint on the fabric. Once this is done it will be permanent.

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