How to Keep Your Tablecloths From Blowing Off the Table

An outdoor meal, whether at the park, the beach or your own backyard, gives you a novel way to entertain or enjoy some fresh air with family and friends. While a breeze may feel good on a warm day, it becomes a bit of an annoyance when the tablecloth keeps blowing off the table. Keep the tablecloth in place, no matter how windy the day, using any of several extra supplies that keep that cloth from turning into a kite.

Four friends dining in yard at dusk
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Purchase tablecloth clips to hold the tablecloth in place, or make your own from binder clips or C clamps.

Specialty Clip Control

Step 1

Smooth the tablecloth neatly over a clean table, centering the table beneath the cloth.

Step 2

Place a few heavy weights, temporarily, on top of the cloth along the perimeter or edges of the table. Bricks or nearby rocks will do, or enlist the help of several friends to hold the cloth in place instead of using weights.

Step 3

Place one tablecloth clip near each corner of the table so the clip snugs the tablecloth against the table. On a round table, use four clips at first, equally spaced around the table. Add more clips around any shape table if air still travels beneath the tablecloth, causing it to billow.

Homemade Tablecloth Clamps

Step 4

Gently sand the binder clips or C clamps using fine-grit sandpaper, just enough to scuff up the surface. Sanding makes the metal more receptive to paint. Wipe the dust away with a rag.

Step 5

Cover a work area outdoors or in a well-ventilated space with newspaper or scrap cardboard. Set the binder clips or C clamps atop the paper or cardboard, spacing them at least 1/2 inch apart.

Step 6

Shake the spray paint can for a minute or as recommended on the label. Hold the can 8 to 10 inches away from the clips or clamps, and then spray them all, overlapping the bursts of paint with each pass. Begin each spray burst before the first object and end it beyond the end of the final one to prevent paint splotches. Allow the paint to dry completely.

Step 7

Flip the painted clips or clamps over, and shake the spray can for a minute. Spray the remaining areas of each clip or clamp until every piece is completely covered with the desired paint color. Allow the items to dry completely.