DIY Potato Stamped Tablecloth

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You don't need to shell out a lot of money for a great tablecloth when you can easily make one yourself. Using simple and affordable materials, you can easily create a unique and modern tablecloth that rivals those found at high-end home goods stores. Base your design off of one of your favorite prints or come up with your own! I created a simple, organic pattern that was easy to make with the shape of the potato. With a few simple materials and a couple of hours, you can have your own custom-print tablecloth. It's even washable, so feel free to use it at all your gatherings, indoor or outdoor. Get creative and make your own pattern — sky's the limit!

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Things You'll Need

  • Drop cloth or tablecloth (cut to size, if needed) 
  • Potatoes (about 5, depending on desired stamp) 
  • Sharp knife 
  • Fabric medium 
  • Water-based paint 
  • Foam brush 
  • Iron 

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  • Hem the edges of the drop cloth or tablecloth with no-sew adhesive or sewing machine, if desired.

(Image: sarah dorsey)

Step 1: Prepare the Potato

Cut the potato in half, and make sure the cut is flat to ensure even coverage when stamping. Also, leave plenty of potato to grab as you stamp. If desired, cut a small indentation on the top to make it easier to grab.

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Step 2: Create the Stamp

Decide on the shape of your stencil and trim the potato to size. I chose a very simple shape — rounded at the top and indented at the bottom. I cut about five potatoes into random sizes — some wider and some taller — for variety.

(Image: sarah dorsey)
(Image: sarah dorsey)

Step 3: Prepare Paint

Add fabric medium to water-based paint (craft acrylic or latex will work) following the instructions for the ratio, and mix to combine. This will make your tablecloth washable.

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Step 4: Apply Paint to Stamp

Using a foam brush, apply a small amount of paint to the stamp. If you use too much paint it will look sloppy, better to have too little than too much. I like to apply to one side and swipe across — this gives a subtle ombre effect.

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Step 5: Stamp the Tablecloth

Once the paint has been applied to the stamp, firmly and evenly press the stamp down on the tablecloth. Create loose rows by moving horizontally across the tablecloth alternating stamps.

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Moving down the row, stamp the potato
Moving down the row, stamp the potato (Image: sarah dorsey)

Step 6: Set the Paint

When the paint is dry, make the tablecloth washable by heat setting the paint. On the dry setting, iron the entire tablecloth with a scrap piece of fabric between the iron and tablecloth.

(Image: sarah dorsey)
(Image: sarah dorsey)

Once done, your tablecloth is ready to use.

(Image: sarah dorsey)

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