DIY kraft paper table runner

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Next up in our Hitched projects, our super cute table runner made from black kraft paper, neon ribbon, and rustic lace. We cannot sing the praises of kraft paper loud enough. Brown or black, it’s a most excellent material for all sorts of projects. And, best of all, it’s super cheap! We bought a 200 ft roll on Amazon for $27.00. 200 feet! You could make A LOT of table runners with just one roll.

We wouldn’t necessarily recommend making 20 of these. They’re a little fussy. VERY cute, but a little fussy. You could however make a few… say for the head table and the dessert spread?

Here’s what you need:

Kraft paper roll (cut to the size of your table, ours is 9 feet long.)
22 feet of grosgrain ribbon
22 feet of wide lace
white thread

Our kraft paper roll is 48 in. wide, so in order to fit nicely on our table, we folded the 9 foot length in half vertically so it’s 24 inches wide. We just left ours double thick, but once you’ve made the crease down the center, you could always cut the length of paper along the fold.

Next, cut the ribbon and lace into 4 strips: two 9 foot pieces and two 2 foot pieces. You should have 4 pieces of each material in two different sizes.

Pin the corresponding sizes of lace and ribbon together. The ribbon should be on top of the lace. Then sew each strip together.

The next and last step is the trickiest. Tape a strip of ribbon and lace under one edge of the kraft paper runner. Now you have to sew the strip onto the runner. It’s not hard, it’s just awkward because the paper doesn’t fold as nicely as fabric around the machine as you go.

You could always use a glue gun instead of sewing the runner together. But we wanted to see the pretty white stitches on the black paper.

Sew the remaining three strips to the runner and then trim the ends of the ribbon so they’re neat.

DONE! Not complicated, but it does take a little patience. We thought it was a super great addition to our tablescape and we so hope someone else makes one!

Maybe one of you wants ours? We could probably roll it up and mail it in a poster tube. It seems sad to throw it away. Though it does have a few signs of wear. Anyone want it?

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Heather on Oct 6, 2010

Would it be completely weird if I said I'd love to use this at our rehearsal dinner? I adore it!

Hope on Oct 6, 2010

You just inspired me to make kraft paper table squares. And then put out crayons so people can have some fun with them. :)

annawithlove on Oct 6, 2010

Great idea once again! Will definitely be trying this!

angie on Oct 6, 2010

I could totally put that to good use at our wedding! let me know if you don't have a taker.

anh on Oct 6, 2010

how fabulous! except my sewing skills aren't that great...

Paige on Oct 6, 2010

I would LOVE this -- let me know how I could pay you for shipping!!! I'll feature it on my blog. I plan on using it for my housewarming party in a few weeks!

maggie on Oct 6, 2010

CUTE! i'd love to see it with brown kraft paper. i'm doing a wedding shower in kraft paper & chalkboard so i will def be using your idea & linking to you on my blog! thank you for sharing!!!

maggie on Oct 6, 2010

also - i got a roll of 900 feet of brown kraft paper from office depot. haha! i'm only covering 8 tables for the shower... i'm good on christmas wrapping paper for the next 10 years!

Maria on Oct 6, 2010

Um, YES I would love to have that one! I totally plan on making these for my wedding now!

100layercake on Oct 6, 2010

SO glad you guys like it! Since Heather was the first to show interest, she'll be receiving it via mail in the next few weeks for her December rehearsal dinner. Don't fret, we have another giveaway coming up next week.

Rachel - theWeddingVine on Oct 6, 2010

This is a great idea!

kerri efendi on Oct 6, 2010

What a fabulous way to add some fun to your event! Love this idea thank you for sharing!

Laurel G on Oct 7, 2010

ah I love it! totally want it!

Lizzie [Ten Thou Bride] on Oct 7, 2010

Such a cute table runner! Hope it goes to great use for the next person!

Tammy: Mama Bear Stamps on Oct 7, 2010

This is fabulous! I can barely sew a straight line on fabric, much less paper, but I think it's a super cute idea! :)

Rock Paper Scissors Events on Oct 11, 2010

So cute! Makes me want to get a sewing machine..... xo, Ara

Whitney on Oct 19, 2010

LOVE this DIY project! Thanks for sharing <3

Anna on Nov 16, 2010

Ah I wish I would have seen this before! we just got married in September this would have been perfect. So cute.

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