DIY Thanksgiving Table Runner and Utensil Pouches
Need a quick, affordable way to dress up your Thanksgiving table? Making a cute burlap table runner may be just the thing. This is a simple DIY craft project that will be easy to do whether you are decorating one or several tables.
- burlap (the length of your table plus 1.5-2 feet)
- fall craft leaves
- hot glue gun
- hot glue sticks
- “I am thankful for…” printable lists
Start by laying out your burlap on a table or other large surface. Choose the width you would like for your table runner, and pick a fiber of the burlap (length-wise) to pull. It will gather as you pull it. Just feed it through.
Once the fiber (or string) of burlap is pulled all the way out, open your fold to lay the burlap flat. Cut along the gap left by the string that was pulled out. To make the edge match the other side, pull out the outer 3 strings, and you will get a frayed look.
Lay out the leaves along the edge of the runner, just to see how you like it before anything becomes permanent. You could also have them scattered all over the surface of the runner. You can decorate it how you like it, I would just recommend laying it out before you glue to make sure you like it.
Once you have it how you want it, grab your glue gun. Place a dot of glue on the back of the leaf, not the burlap as it will immediately seep through the holes. To prevent glue from getting on your table top, lift the burlap up before you place the leaf on with the glue. Tap the leaf down lightly to secure the glue.
When you finish gluing down all the leaves, you can stop there and enjoy your cute new table runner, or you can put that extra burlap to use and make some utensil pockets. I created a PDF file with these “I am thankful for…” cards that you can print and place at each seat. It’s not Thanksgiving unless you take some time to count your blessings! This is a fun way for your guests to record their thoughts of gratitude. You can have everyone write what they are thankful for and leave it at that, or you can go around the table and have all your guests share their lists aloud.
To make utensil pouches, or thankful list pouches, cut a strip of burlap about 2 inches wider than the list or your napkins and approximately 12 inches long. Fold the bottom edge up and hold it in place. Lay a thin line of hot glue on the inside of the two seams and press down. Repeat for as many place settings as you need.
I wish you all a very happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy making it a special day!