Simple Burlap Table Runner

A quick and easy way to update a plain burlap table runner with pretty ribbon and trims to match your home. Your table deserves to be beautiful!

In our home, we aren't formal people. And often our family meals consist of eating in front of the television! I know, horrible right?!

But a few times a week we are intentional about eating around the table together in our 'formal' dining room. It helps us to reconnect after a busy day, and this time together is something our family values. I love to make the dining table pretty, using my vintage dishes, candles and even fresh flowers.

This room was a blank canvas when we moved into our home this past October. Fresh paint on the walls brightened the space, and I've had fun filling it with collected treasures. Almost everything in this room was found at thrift stores, yard sales, or Craigslist! 

CLICK HERE to see all the changes we've made to the dining room over the past 5 years

That means that there is a story behind each the time we drove over an hour with our three young children to look at this Craigslist hutch, and the guy selling it felt so bad for our long drive that he sold it to us for only forty bucks! It was the first piece I ever chalk painted, and at the time black chalk paint wasn't even a thing so I had to DIY my own chalk paint! Click here for my recipe.

Or the time I painted this $10 yard sale frame white...and then Mr DIY saw a similar one online that was sold for thousands of dollars...unpainted! We'll never know if there's a real treasure buried under that white paint or not!

Gathering around the table as a family draws us together in a special way and sharing stories is a natural extension of that.

I created a new burlap table runner for this space recently, and it was so easy!

How to make the simplest burlap table runner

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I've made runners with burlap fabric before, and they're a little more work because the edges will need to be either hemmed or frayed. This time I chose a pre-made runner that fit the length of my table, allowing a few inches of overlap on the ends.

Burlap is usually quite wrinkled and needs to be steam ironed before working with it. If you don't own a steam iron, you can lightly spray the burlap with water and iron on the hottest setting.

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Decide on the look you want for your burlap runner, and select your trims based on that. I wanted to create a runner that had a vintage feel with a touch of (I hate to use the word 'whimsy') fun because we're far from stuffy in our home!

It helps to play around with placement before you permanently attach the ribbons to the burlap. I chose to add the pom pom trim to the top of the wavy ribbon so it would stand out more. I also decided the pom pom trim would look best at the ends of the burlap so it could hang off the runner. Isn't pom pom trim the cutest?

Then I simply cut all the trims, allowing about an inch overlap on each side, and simply hot glued them onto each end of the runner!

It really could not be simpler, and in just a few minutes I had a custom burlap table runner that completely suits the mood of the dining room. The pom pom trim is a fun addition, while the lace and soft blue velvet ribbon add a touch of nostalgia.

After placing my DIY burlap table runner on our dining table, I set the table using some of my favorite collected items. I pulled out antique blue mason jars, a vintage doily, some of my blue and white transferware, vintage white ironstone, milk glass and silver.

While shopping at Kroger this week, I bought some baby's breath to put in the mason jars and added a couple of candles because every table needs fresh flowers and candles, right?

My vintage themed family table feels complete and I can't wait until we're all gathered around it to share a meal and some good stories!

Now I just need to decide what to serve for dinner...any ideas?

I just hung some of my white ironstone on the wall in my dining room, and will be sharing that easy project shortly! Update: see how to inexpensively hang plates on the wall by CLICKING HERE!

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  1. Cindy that is a beautiful runner. Love how you put it together with all those little details. I am also crushing on your table. The black on the legs makes it stand out.

    1. Thank you so much Mary, it has been fun seeing this room come together!

  2. Your table runner is simply beautiful. I love how it ties the room together and makes your table look amazing. I can't wait to try out these new scents from Glade. They sound wonderful! [client]


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