Using a Few Amazon Products You Can Easily Make This Striped Table Runner for Thanksgiving

Turn a plain white table runner into a work of art using paint and a mini roller.
credit: Carrie Waller

So, you remembered to defrost the turkey, pull out your holiday-themed decor, and create a beautiful fall-inspired centerpiece for your Thanksgiving feast. Good for you! The only problem is that you forgot to order that gorgeous table runner that you had been eyeing. Fear not — you can make your own! (With just a few products you can get delivered ASAP from Amazon, or pick up from your local crafts or hardware store.) We've got you covered with this easy 20-minute project.

This DIY painted table runner is quick enough to pull off just before your Thanksgiving guests arrive!
credit: Carrie Waller

Things You'll Need

Here's what you'll need to make your DIY striped table runner.
credit: Carrie Waller

Step 1

Lay your white cloth table runner on a large foam core board, then mask off the edges using painter's tape. If your runner has a stitched border like ours does, then you can use that as a natural end point for the edge of your stripes. Press the tape firmly in place with your fingertips.

Mask off the edges of the runner using tape.
credit: Carrie Waller

Step 2

Fill the foam roller with acrylic paint using the instructions that come with your roller. Note that we ended up using almost an entire 8 fl. oz. bottle of paint for this project, so, depending on the width of your stripes, you might want to order two bottles to be on the safe side.

Fill the roller with acrylic paint.
credit: Carrie Waller

Step 3

Practice using the foam roller on a sheet of scrap cardboard; that way, you can get a feel for how hard and how often to squeeze the roller for paint application. You can also play around with different ideas if you want to go with a slight variation on our striped design. (Think: checks, squiggles, spots.)

Practice on a sheet of scrap cardboard.
credit: Carrie Waller

Step 4

Carefully but quickly roll painted stripes out onto your runner, making sure to paint up and over the masked areas on each side for a smooth edge. Feel free to get creative with your stripe widths to give it a playful vibe — thick, skinny, and anywhere in between. Resist the urge to try for perfection! Have fun with this project, and embrace the rough edges. It's handmade after all!

Roll painted stripes onto the runner.
credit: Carrie Waller

Step 5

Before the paint has a chance to fully dry, remove the masking tape and discard it. Then, peel the runner off your foam core board. The paint will seep through and make it stick to the board, so make sure you pull it away from the surface before the paint dries. Place the finished runner on a drop cloth to dry completely for two to three hours.

Remove the painter's tape right away.
credit: Carrie Waller

Step 6

Just before your guests arrive, lay the DIY striped runner on your Thanksgiving buffet or table along with other decorative holiday accents—things like waffle napkins, wood napkin rings, and decorative paper leaves.

Let the painted runner dry then lay on your Thanksgiving table.
credit: Carrie Waller

Carrie Waller

Carrie Waller

Carrie Waller is the writer, stylist and photographer behind the lifestyle and crafting blog, Dream Green DIY, which was founded in March 2011. Her work has been featured by Domino, Better Homes and Gardens, Design*Sponge, HGTV Magazine, Country Living, Rue Daily, Glitter Guide, and Apartment Therapy. Carrie lives in Waynesboro, Virginia, with her husband and their four pets.