Simple Holiday Table Runner

Adding a runner to a table top or dresser top is perhaps one of the easiest ways to decorate a space. Today we’re going to show you how to create a simple holiday table runner for your home.

We love to start with these plain, 100% cotton canvas runners. They’re hemmed, ready to go, and come in three sizes. Just the way we like it, quick and simple! Canvas is also durable and easy to clean. You can spot clean your finished runner, or throw in a cold wash and line dry. We always suggest line drying, unless you know it’s been preshrunk.

canvas table runners

The next step is to choose a stencil. It’s easy to create a winter or holiday look by the colors, so don’t get too hung up on the stencil choice. Here are a few that we’ve used and had great success with:

Branches using Olive or Amsterdam Green Chalk Paint creates a woods-y winter runner.

Annie Sloan Branches Stencil

Try a tone-on-tone look with Tallulah in Paris Grey, Old White, or Old Ochre. Or try Primer Red, it will look fabulously Scandinavian instead.

annie sloan tallulah stencil

Who says flowers are just posh in summer? Alternate Olive (on the flowers) and Burgundy (on the circles) as a border on your runner for a non-traditional Christmas aesthetic.

Annie Sloan Bell Flowers Stencil

Go a little more modern with the Valeska stencil. Alternate Pure White and Napoleonic Blue for a subtle nod to winter that will easily transition to your summer table.

annie sloan valeska stencil

You can chose various layouts for your stencils, too. Create a border, have one line going down the middle, or use portions of the stencil to create your own customized pattern.

Now for the fun part, color choices!

Traditional
Amsterdam Green
Olive
Primer Red
Emperor’s Silk
Burgundy

Winter
Napoleonic Blue
Old White
Pure White
Aubusson Blue
Louis Blue
Paris Grey

Funky
Florence
Pure White
Emperor’s Silk
Scandinavian Pink
Giverny
Provence

For a more earthy green, mix Olive and Amsterdam Green in equal parts. To make a more traditional red, mix Primer Red and Emperor’s Silk in equal parts.

Now you just place your stencil where you want it, secure it with a little painter’s tape, and go to town! We did a few the other day, what do you think?

stenciled table runner

Need a refresher on stenciling on fabric? Check out our tutorial here.

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