We have snow! Again! Since the inside of our home has been Christmas-ready for a couple weeks now, it was time for the outdoors to get the memo! We experience some loooong winter months here in Chicagoland, so personally, I don’t mind if the snow holds off, but the kids love it! And with less than 2 weeks to go until the big day, I guess I’d rather have snow now versus late March like we have had in years’ past….which is just cruel! Today, I’m back with the last of the DIY table decor pieces you’ve been seeing. I creatively crafted a Bright, Bold & Festive Christmas table with DIY Christmas Bell Napkin Rings, DIY Ornament Place Cards and this post is all about the DIY Wrapping Paper Table Runner!
This DIY Table Runner doesn’t need much of a tutorial, but I thought I would tell you exactly what I did to create this look. It was super simple and cost less than $2!!
I picked up this 3-pack of Christmas wrapping paper at HomeGoods last year on clearance right after the holidays. $6 for all 3 rolls. I tucked it away and planned to pull it out when it was time to start wrapping this year. Well, when I was putting together my Christmas table, I knew I wanted to use my gold polka dot tablecloth, but wanted to add a contrasting color and pattern. I have a black and white striped runner, but feel like I always use it. I suddenly remembered the black, white and gold plaid paper sitting upstairs in the closet and had an idea! It was going to become my table runner…
Here is what I did…
One roll of wrapping paper
First, lay out your roll of wrapping paper and decide what dimensions you’d like your runner to be. I knew the chargers I would be using on the table were about 13″ wide, so wanted to make sure the runner was wide enough to be able to see plenty of it on each side…plus I knew I’d be filling up the center of the table with my free clippings!!
I measured the length of my table and decided to have about 10-12 inches of wrapping paper overhang on each side to drape down over the tablecloth on the ends of the table.
So, I decided to cut 18″ wide and 90″ long and went ahead and cut the paper in a straight line. Since I was using a plaid pattern, I was able to carefully follow along one of the lines on the paper, but you could draw a straight line with a pencil if you wanted to.
Next, I took my cut piece and went over to the table to roll it out. I started at one end and then rolled it out across the table until it reached the other end, adjusting it on each side if it needed to be evened out.
Lastly, I set my table around it and that was it!
There are so many fun possibilities for a different tablescape look all throughout the year! I love to set a pretty table, but eventually you run out of room for storing all of the linens! Using wrapping paper makes it so easy and affordable to use a different [paper] runner for all of the different occasions, holidays and seasons I now have a whole new outlook when shopping for wrapping paper. It’s not just about what the gift wrap will look like under the tree, but how will it look on the table! I’m already scheming tables for next year using paper I already have!
Oh and did I mention I still have a good amount of paper left from this roll? It’ll be making an appearance under the tree for sure 🙂
We are down to less than 2 weeks until Christmas, but there is still plenty of time to wrap up your decorating and take on a few DIY decorations. I’ve got you covered below!
DIY 5 Minute Holiday Hostess Gift
Pom-pom Wreath Photo Ornament
Holiday Gift Guide for the Home-Girl
A Simply Red Christmas Family Room
DIY Christmas Bell Napkin Rings
Bright, Bold & Festive Christmas Table
Pretty in Plaid Christmas Living Room
DIY Dollar Store Ornament Place Cards
$2 Wrapping Paper Table Runner
Full Christmas Home Tour Recap + A Peek Into Our Christmas Bedroom
If you want access to all Christmas posts from the past, click here to see them all!
A couple more holiday posts are still in the works and will be coming to you soon! Have a wonderful day!