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Modern DIY Table Runner Ideas

Are you feeling crafty in the table embellishment arena? It’s easy to round up DIY table runner ideas, but I’ve had a difficult time finding table runner projects of the modern variety. Kate here, and today’s post is dedicated to uncovering the best DIY table runners with modern flair. Good news: most of them require no sewing! Read on for easy, affordable, modern project ideas, from painted burlap pieces to wooden creations…

Painted Table Runners

Let’s start by shining the spotlight on table runners created with the help of paint! While this photo from Bespoke Bride is really highlighting a tutorial on a DIY pineapple floral arrangement, I can’t take my eyes off the painted burlap runner that rests under it! Create your own with the help of stencils and/or painter’s tape.

Painted burlap table runner from Bespoke Bride Modern DIY Table Runner Ideas
Painted burlap table runner from Bespoke Bride

For a similar look with two-tone style, check out this Hand Printed Table Runner DIY from A Beautiful Mess. Purchase an affordable table runner and embellish it with shapes (using a homemade stamp). I’m loving the tribal look of this table runner, as well as the delightful simplicity of the process.

Painted geo table runner from A Beautiful Mess Modern DIY Table Runner Ideas
Painted geo table runner from A Beautiful Mess

Inspired by Charm’s DIY Dot Table Runner is a work of art that celebrates today’s hand-drawn aesthetic. A canvas drop cloth, fabric paint and a few other basic supplies will get the job done!

Dot table runner from Inspired by Charm
Dot table runner from Inspired by Charm

Have you ever tried painting with bleach? When used on dark fabric, the resulting contrast is fabulous. Check out Cosas Bonitas’ tutorial for bleach-painted napkins, and adapt it to the dark-hued table runner of your choice. Unique, right?!

Bleach-painted napkins from Cosas Bonitas
Bleach-painted napkins from Cosas Bonitas

While this DIY Geometric Table Runner from 100 Layer Cake involves stamping black triangles onto muslin fabric, I’m kind of intrigued by the peel-and-stick vinyl flooring used to create the stamps. In fact, the image at the right (below) makes me think of the easy-to-clean table runner possibilities that can result from using peel-and-stick contact paper to adorn a thick surface! Now the question is which type of patterned contact paper should I use in my creation?!

Geometric table runner project from 100 Layer Cake
Geometric table runner project from 100 Layer Cake

Felt Table Runners

It’s easy to cut. It’s vibrant. It’s felt, and it’s one of my all-time favorite craft supplies! This Rainbow Felt Table Runner from Say Yes requires just a bit of sewing, but the rest is easily accomplished with heat and bond iron-on adhesive sheeting. Check out the colorful tutorial here.

Rainbow felt table runner from Say Yes
Rainbow felt table runner from Say Yes

Bring tropical style home with this DIY Pineapple Table Runner from Studio DIY for Scarves.net. Yes, that table runner is a scarf! Embellished with felt pineapples, of course. A few simple stitches secure everything in place. Cheerful, fun and perfectly on trend, don’t you think?!

Tropical table runner from Studio DIY
Tropical table runner from Studio DIY

Ready for a no-sew table runner with plenty of geometric style? Felt, scissors and hot glue are all you’ll need to create this DIY Geometric Triangle Table Runner from Girl Loves Glam. My favorite part: the way the runner accents the table without hanging down on both sides (ideal for homes with pets and children who like to tug)!

Geometric table runner from Girl Loves Glam
Geometric table runner from Girl Loves Glam

3D Table Runners

These next featured runners are all about textured, anything-but-flat style. For example, this table runner from Sarah Park Events & Design via Ruffled brings 3D style to the table with true geo flair! Pegboard is the material of choice, and it can easily be embellished with bamboo skewers and DIY geometric shapes in a variety of colors. You can also use the pegboard base as a jumping off point for your own 3D table runner creation!

Pegboard table runner from Ruffled
Pegboard table runner from Ruffled

I’m loving the herringbone style of this Paint Stick Table Runner from Ruffled. Yes, paint sticks are the special ingredients here, yet the paint color is up to you. The yellow is fabulous, right? Glue the pained wooded segments to sheets of felt (5 sections were created then pieced together here). This makes the runner super easy to store and transport!

Paint stick table runner idea from Ruffled
Paint stick table runner idea from Ruffled

Wood slices come home to roost with this Mini Wood Slices Table Runner from Simons. If you’re not feeling super crafty, there’s no shame in purchasing the runner for the reasonable price of $30. But if you feel like slicing through some branches to create your own, try gluing them to a piece of felt. For the sake of time and resources, you can make the runner shorter than usual, and it will still be as stylish. [via Brit + Co.]

Wood slice table runner
Wood slice table runner

This French Dot Constellation Runner from Design Sponge isn’t exactly 3D, but it’s definitely filled with texture! Created by Jessica of Miniature Rhino, the project involves some embroidery basics, but the gorgeous, whimsical finished product is well worth the effort. Check out the full tutorial here.

Constellation table runner from Design Sponge
Constellation table runner from Design Sponge

Temporary Table Runners

There’s nothing like a temporary table runner to meet your party-on-a-budget needs. Jenny Batt of Hank & Hunt created this Punched Circles Table Runner for Martha Stewart using Stewart’s Circle-Edge punch. Not to mention, this image has inspired me to connect some striking paper shapes of my own for an impromptu party centerpiece!

Table runner from Martha Stewart
Table runner from Martha Stewart

While this table runner from Ampersand Design Studio is created with paint and fabric, it’s a great pattern to adapt to a long piece of Kraft paper (yes, paper instead of fabric) for a temporary table runner that can make a big impact at your next party:

Geo table runner from Ampersand Design Studio
Geo table runner from Ampersand Design Studio

A living table runner is fresh and crisp. Plus, you can create a modern look by choosing plants such as succulents, which you can plant/pot after the fact to keep the verdant style alive. This table runner via Pinch Parties is the epitome of classic modern elegance:

Succulent table runner
Succulent table runner

Best Day Ever‘s Simple Winter Table uses greenery to the fullest, thanks to selections such as long-leaved eucalyptus. The result is fresh, lovely and modern, especially when the runner is accompanied by simple candles and basic white plates.

Winter table runner from Best Day Ever
Winter table runner from Best Day Ever

I’m smitten with Green Wedding Shoes‘ Mexican Pastels shoot featuring a table runner created by succulents in bean-filled vases, as well as an array of candles. And I’m very tempted to recreate this look for a dinner party at my outdoor patio dining table:

Succulents and candles create a table runner from Green Wedding Shoes
Succulents and candles create a table runner from Green Wedding Shoes

Will you be trying any of today’s featured runner projects? If you take your table design to the next level using one of the DIY projects above, let us know how it turned out by leaving a comment…

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