How to Make a Reversible Autumn/Christmas Table Runner

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Get ready for this holiday season with a reversible autumn and Christmas table runner. It's the perfect DIY to bring you from fall to winter with all the entertaining that the holidays tend to bring. So, get ready to entertain both family and friends with this simple and fun holiday table decor.

(Image: sara walk)
(Image: sara walk)

Things You'll Need

  • Blank table runner
  • Carving stamp block 
  • Crafting knife
  • Cutting mat
  • Wood or cardboard
  • Glue gun
  • Acrylic paints
  • Paint brush

Tip

  • Choose a table runner that is thick enough that the paint won't bleed through to the other side.

Step 1: Cut Stamp Block to Size

Take your stamping block and cut to the size of your stamps. I cut my stamping block three ways so that I would be able to make three separate stamps.

(Image: sara walk)
(Image: sara walk)

Step 2: Draw Out Stamp Designs

Take a pencil and sketch out the stamp design. When stamping with paint, a simpler design is better because the paint is thick and won't show intricate details. So an outline of trees, ornaments, candy canes or snowmen are better than a snowflake. If you are using ink to stamp you can use a more detailed design.

(Image: sara walk)

Step 3: Cut Out Designs

Use a crafting knife and cutting mat to cut out the sketched design.

(Image: sara walk)
(Image: sara walk)

Step 4: Glue Stamps Onto Wood blocks

Find or cut out pieces of wood that are the size of your stamps. Glue the stamps onto the wood using a hot glue gun.

Tip

  • If you prefer not to use wood pieces, small boxes or cardboard will also work.

(Image: sara walk)
(Image: sara walk)

Step 5: Begin Stamping

Pick out some fun Christmas colors. I used a more modern Christmas color story using bright greens and pinks rather than the traditional forest green and true red. Using a paint brush, add paint to your stamp. Press your stamp down onto your table runner and press evenly so all the paint from the stamp is evenly dispersed. Then, continue stamping in a pattern until done.

(Image: sara walk)
(Image: sara walk)
(Image: sara walk)

Tip

  • Make sure you load your stamps with a light layer of paint so that it won't bleed through to the other side of the table runner.

Step 6: Prepare the Autumn-Themed Stamps

When you have finished stamping the Christmas side of the table runner you need to let it dry completely so there is no smudging or bleeding to the other side. While the paint dries, you can create your stamps for the autumn side of the table runner.

Continue Step One through Four for the fall side of the table runner. Leaves or pumpkins are a good and easy choice for this type of stamping. A border design (as opposed to an all-over print) is fun for a fall table runner as a border can better highlight food, pretty floral arrangments or a festive cornucopia center piece.

(Image: sara walk)

Step 7: Begin Stamping Reverse Side of Table Runner

Once the Christmas side of the table runner has dried it is time to stamp the reverse side. Fall colors such as oranges, red and browns are a good choice. I used a variation of oranges and yellows to keep with a more modern feel.

(Image: sara walk)

Then, begin to stamp. When stamping, press down evenly so the paint is distributed well. Continue around the edge of the table runner, alternating sizes of the stamp. Alternate directions and sizes of your stamp for more variety.

(Image: sara walk)

Once you have stamped the border of the table runner, let dry for a few hours and you are ready for the holidays!!

(Image: sara walk)

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