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Hanging Ornaments Table Runner by At the Picket Fence

How to make a hanging ornaments table runner | Pretty Handy Girl

I have half of the dynamic duo from At the Picket Fence today and I couldn’t be more thrilled! Heather and Vanessa are the sibling duo who create and blog about their beautiful homes and share scrumptuous recipes! I’m honored to have Vanessa here today to share this brilliant Ballard Designs knock off project.

How to make a hanging ornaments table runner | Pretty Handy Girl


Hi there! I’m Vanessa from the blog At the Picket Fence and I’m so thrilled to be visiting here today! Brittany’s kinda my hero and is helping me find the courage to tackle more DIY projects. Come 2014 my house isn’t gonna know what hit it! At this time of the year more than ever, being frugal is the name of the game and I love to try and come up with creative gift giving ideas for friends and family. Today I’m sharing with you a so simple, no-sew project!

I just love me some Ballard Designs. Don’t you? But, their prices don’t love me back. So, I have to resort to knocking them off. That always sounds so wrong doesn’t it? Kinda has a Bonnie and Clyde ring to it. I’m just going to think of it as imitation being the sincerest form of flattery! This is my version of their hanging ornament table runner from last year and just to prove how very très frugal this really is, here’s the cost difference:

Theirs ~$79.00 …….. Mine ~ $15.00

How to make a hanging ornaments table runner | Pretty Handy Girl

Supplies Needed:

  • Drop cloth cut to size of runner you want (don’t wash the drop cloth first!)
  • Fabric squares or remnants in color/patterns of choice
  • Twine
  • Ribbon in coordinating color
  • Glitter Paint writer in color of your choice


Step 1 ~ Using whatever you can find that works, cut out your desired ornament shapes. I was trying to do my best to imitate the Ballard version so I went with round for two of them and used a glass to trace the circles (’cause I really stink at doing shapes freehand.) Oh and be sure to use a really dull pencil over and over again before finally going in search of one that is sharpened! It adds to the whole “tortured crafter” thing.

Step 2 ~ Once you have your shapes cut out, place them on the drop cloth runner and then use No-Sew/craft glue to attach.

Step 3 ~ Cut twine to desired length (they should all line up at the top) and put a knot at the bottom where it attaches to the fabric ornament. Glue twine in place.

Step 4 ~ Use the ribbon to cover up the top of the twine pieces and attach with the No-Sew glue or craft glue.

Step 5 ~ Finish off the edges of the ornaments with glitter paint.

Step 6 ~ Stand back and admire your handiwork and then take it off the table before your children can cover it with crumbs.

How to make a hanging ornaments table runner | Pretty Handy Girl

All that’s left now is to wrap it up and put it under the tree! What about you? Do you like to give handmade gifts for Christmas? Here’s another idea you might like. This is my Homemade Vanilla Extract and re-purposed Pringles chip container gift packaging!

How to make a hanging ornaments table runner | Pretty Handy Girl

Thanks again to Brittany for letting me hang out over here with all of you today and I hope you will stop over and visit me sometime At the Picket Fence!


Oh my goodness, this is the last day of the Très Frugal DIY Gift Idea series. I cannot thank you enough for coming along for the journey. And a huge thank you to all my creative blogging friends who contributed their creative gift ideas.

5 replies
  1. Vanessa
    Vanessa says:

    Hi Gladys! The wonderful thing about drop cloths is that they come hemmed on all sides so all I planned it out so that I would end up with at least one side already hemmed and then on the other side I folded the edge under, ironed it and then used fabric glue to hold it in place. Hope that helps! 🙂

  2. Vanessa
    Vanessa says:

    Hi Sue! The reason I didn’t wash the drop cloth was because I really wanted the fabric to remain stiff. Once drop cloths are washed they become very soft (and have a more wrinkled look) and I wanted this to look and feel more like other table runners. This one is purely decorative and isn’t used in a way that would require lots of washing (other than spot cleaning) so I could get away with the ribbon and ornaments, etc. It’s been used in several places in my home (always away from my kids lol) and has held up well! 🙂

  3. Sue
    Sue says:

    I’m confused by the instruction not to wash the drop cloth. This is practically rendering the runner to one season use because the runner won’t be washable. I can almost guarantee that, when laundered, the canvas, ribbon, cord and ornament fabrics will shrink at different rates so it will look all puckery and unusable. My suggestion for any fabric items you want to reuse is to pre-shrink everything before you assemble.


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