Thursday, November 14, 2013

Polka Dot Tablecloth

I've got another DIY from Stella's dress up birthday party for you today!

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I really don't care for the typical plastic party tablecloths but I had to find a way to cover a hodgepodge of kids tables I used for the party - so Stella and I DIYed these tablecloths using canvas drop cloths. Typically used for painting, these inexpensive canvas cloths come in handy sizes like 5'x5' or 4'x15'.

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I was able to cover a couple kids tables by cutting a drop cloth in two. In addition to the tablecloths, I made a couple runners by hot gluing on pom-pom fringe to the edge: 

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Drop cloths have become my go-to party tablecloth. I also used them for the baby shower and housewarming party I threw recently. You can even throw them in the washer & reuse them!

Supplies for Polka Dot Tablecloths



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How to Make Polka Dot Tablecloths


1. Squeeze a dab of each paint onto a paper plate and use a different brush for each color. Dab the brush into the paint and then dab it on the paper plate to remove any excess paint.

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2. Start dabbing all around the tablecloth, distributing the different colors randomly. Use an a single up and down blotting motion when making the polka dots - similar to using a stamp.

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4. Continue adding polka dots until you have a good distribution of the different colors you are using. Also, if your drop cloths aren't lined with plastic it is a good idea to lay a plastic drop cloth underneath them to prevent any paint from seeping through to the floor. It is a little counterintuitive since the point of a drop cloth is to prevent paint from soaking through, but I found out the hard way that it can!

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5. Let your kids help! This is so easy to do and pretty hard to mess up.

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6. Let the paint dry completely. I then steamed the tablecloths to remove the wrinkles. I didn't try ironing them, so test at a low setting first!

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Be sure to check out Stella's dress up birthday party if you want to see how the tablecloths looked with the rest of the polka dot party decor!

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