Stencil Tutorial: How To Stencil A Tablecloth For A Garden Event
Good morning, my DIY home decorators! Cutting Edge Stencils loves this time of year in Northern NJ because the sun is shining and the gardens are in full bloom. It’s also a super popular time to host an outdoor event, like a garden party or backyard BBQ. Of course when it comes to planning an event these days, DIY is all the rage. We want to help you impress your guests but without breaking the bank. That’s where today’s DIY stencil project comes in. We all want a pretty table setting at our party and pricey tablecloths are just not in the budget. For a fraction of the cost, you could stencil your own table decor.
Here is our Otomi Tribal pattern painted in a sunny shade of yellow.
Want a little more eye-candy? We also stenciled our Paisley Allover pattern in a spring green hue.
Ready to pull up a seat and join us for a pastry in the breathtaking setting? Your guests will certainly be WOW’d by this Zamira stenciled tablecloth in a striking blue hue.
Here is the scoop on how to stencil a tablecloth. First you’re gonna need this stuff listed below:
Tablecloth (Cotton or Linen will work best, however, we were able to stencil three polyester tablecloths without any difficulty.)
A stencil (for this project the Zamira Stencil)
- Dense Foam Roller <— We prefer the one in this link.
- Painter’s tape
- Small paint tray or plastic plate
- Paper towels
- Jacquard Fabric Paint
1. Gather Materials: Start the stencil project by gathering all of the materials listed above. Also, you’ll need to find a large flat surface for your project, like the floor or a large table. Be sure to place either newspapers or a plastic tarp under your tablecloth to catch any paint that may seep through.
2. Iron: If it’s needed, iron the tablecloth to remove any wrinkles. For this project, plain white tablecloths were purchased on Amazon for less than $10.
3. Pour Paint: Pour your craft paint onto a plate or paint tray. For this project, we used Jacquard Fabric paint. Acrylic craft paints would also work for this project as long as a textile medium is added for softness. Do not use an oil paint, spray paint, or textile spray paint. Then dip your dense foam roller into the paint. Blot off the excess paint onto your folded paper towel until the roller looks almost dry. The key to stenciling is using as little paint as possible. Too much paint will cause the design to bleed and smudge.
4. Start Stenciling: Position the stencil design in the upper left hand corner on the fabric. Then you can secure the stencil in place using painter’s tape. Next you will paint the design onto the fabric with the dense foam roller.
6. Complete the Pattern: If you are stenciling a tablecloth then you may need to reposition the stencil so you can continue to paint the pattern on the entire surface. Before you reposition, check to make sure the under side of the stencil does not have any paint on it. The paint should dry quickly and you will be able to reposition the stencil immediately. Roll right off the edges of your tablecloth to get a crisp, clean finish.
7. Heat Set: Once the tablecloth is dry, use an iron on the underside (non-painted side) to heat set the paint into the material. This will allow you to wash the tablecloth without fading or damaging the design.
Now let’s position it on our table and presto chango, we have a gorgeous tablecloth!
Helpful Tips & Tricks:
- Use a piece of poster board or tape along the edges of your stencil so that you do not roll over the edge of stencil pattern onto the cloth.
- Resist the urge to use a lot of paint. Several thin coats will work better and help to avoid paint seepage. You should have enough paint on your roller so that it is easy to stencil with, but not so much that the paint pushes from your roller to underneath the edges of your stencil.
- If you are using metallic paint, be aware that metallics are thinner and they are more likely to bleed easier. Make sure to off load the brush or roller really well and don’t press too hard. Better to do two or three light coats.
- If this is your first time stenciling, try practicing on another scrap piece of fabric until you feel you’ve got the hang of it.
- For cleaning tips be sure to watch the How To Clean video.
- When stenciling on fabric, we do not recommend using a spray adhesive because it may adhere to the fabric and be difficult to remove.
Would you consider stenciling a tablecloth for your next gathering? Leave us a comment below!
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Thanks for reading, and happy stenciling!
Michelle and the Cutting Edge Stencils Crew
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