I love a functional gift that will last beyond the holidays! These stenciled table runners are just the ticket for anybody who likes to host parties or just make their table look festive.

You can purchase almost all of the supplies at your local Lowe’s Home Improvement store. The cloth is cut from a canvas drop cloth that was folded into fourths and cut into pieces 27″ x 6′ long. To make them look and feel more like french grain sack material, the drop cloths are washed 2-3 times in the washer with bleach added to the cycle. The result is a lighter and softer canvas that mimics linen.

painters drop cloth

With four runners from that one drop cloth, you may decide to try a different color on each one. 😉

I used some leftover latex paint for two of my runners. Plus, I bought a sample of Valspar paint in “Bright Red” for the red one.

Each sample jar holds enough paint to print two runners.



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Fray the edges of the canvas runners. Trim any long threads.

Fold the canvas runner in half length-wise and iron the fold. Open up the runner, fold it in half width-wise and iron the fold. This will give you a center mark to line your stencil up with.

Line up the stencil on the center creases. Put a piece of painter’s tape on each corner to hold the stencil in place.

Roll the foam roller into the paint and roll off any excess. Run the roller over the entire stencil being sure to get equal coverage and not to run over the edge of the stencil.

Carefully lift the stencil up and off the runner.

Line the stencil up next to the first print. Make sure the stencil overlaps correctly.

Roll paint over the entire stencil again.

Repeat on the other side of the first stencil print. Three Lisboa stencil prints should fit perfectly on the runner.

After the paint has dried you may wash the runner again to soften the paint. The edges will fray a little more, but I tend to like that look. If you don’t want the runner to fray you could turn the edges under and sew a seam.

Now all you need is some food to have yourself a New Year’s Eve bash!

I’m in love with these runners. So much so that I’m hesitant to give them as gifts. Although, in 15 minutes I could print another one for myself.

I just need to decide which color I like best…hmmmmm, blue?

…or red?

I think Santa would prefer to have his muffin and milk served on the red one.

Which color do you like best?

Update: Several commenters mentioned that the cost of the stencil was getting in the way of their idea of a frugal gift idea. Feel free to use whatever you have on hand. Or you could make your own stencil with a monogram or use painter’s tape to create stripes or a different design. Open your mind to other options if you don’t want to purchase a stencil (although I have to say I’ve used this stencil for two projects now and soon to be three.

Disclosure: I have partnered with Lowe’s as a Lowe’s Creative Influencer. I was provided with a Lowe’s gift card to complete my project. The tutorial, photos and opinions expressed in this post are my own. I was not told what to write. #LowesCreator


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  1. Liz
    Liz says:

    BEAUTIFUL! Looks SWEDISH to me – I love all their folk-arty Christmas things! Especially love how they include pigs and goats in their holiday symbols!

  2. Jaime Costiglio
    Jaime Costiglio says:

    Brittany the red is gorgeous, if only I had a stencil lying around I’d make it today! And my favorite part is the raw edge, I just love the ‘unstructured’ look with the stencil detail. Very IKEA catalog looking.

  3. Kathy Nielsen
    Kathy Nielsen says:

    WOW! I absolutely love, love these runners. You are so creative! They look so perfect for Christmas and any other time. When I use a stencil it usually bleeds —what am I doing wrong? Kathy

  4. Amy B
    Amy B says:

    I really like this project. I have had those drop cloths in my cart before and then returned them to the shelf because I was hesitant as to how they would work in projects.
    Where can we get that stencil?

  5. maggie
    maggie says:

    I really love the looks of this table runner but where it might cost you $5, I’m figuring it would cost me more like $75! That’s a bit steep!

    • Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl)
      Brittany (aka Pretty Handy Girl) says:

      Maggie, you don’t have to use this stencil. Use what you have ;-). Try taping out a design with painter’s tape. Create your own or use a stencil you already own. Stamp a design. Use your imagination. This tutorial is just to give you some ideas. Have a great weekend.

  6. Rachel
    Rachel says:

    I love this project! I have only ever done 1 stenciling project but my design was not nearly as ‘crisp’ and well defined at yours. How did you get it like that? 🙂 Maybe fabric ‘soaks’ away some of the paint; I was stenciling a hard surface.


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