I love decorating for Christmas, especially since this is our first Christmas in our new house. After I re-finished our dining room table and chairs earlier this fall, I wanted something special to commemorate the holidays. I didn’t want to spend a lot of time or money on it though since we have small children, and the Christmas season is short anyway! I drew inspiration from my sister, whose own dining room table has a beautiful burlap runner. I like the rustic look of burlap and how it’s “undone” look is perfect for our family since anything too neat and precise quickly becomes disheveled with three kids in the house!
For my DIY Christmas Table Runner:
For about $8, I bought a couple of yards of red and green burlap on clearance at Wal-Mart. I cut each piece in half down the middle, trying to cut in a straight line as much as possible, but it didn’t work exactly. I laid the green piece down the table and just eyeballed it to decide how long I wanted it. I did the same thing for the red piece, except I cut it slightly more narrow so I could see the green underneath.
For the rustic edges, I pulled some of the strings off each side, creating a 1/4-inch raveled or frayed edge. Yours could be more or less, whatever is appealing to you.
Finally, I cut a little strip of excess burlap and tied each end just underneath the edge of the table, securing the burlap and creating a beautiful gather.
For my centerpiece, I didn’t want to spend any money so I re-purposed a bowl that I rescued from a friend’s trash pile years ago. I sent the kids outside to collect pinecones, which I spray painted white and then misted lightly with a gold glittery spray paint. I placed the pinecones into a bowl with three white glass ornaments from our tree and placed a candle on either side. White candles would have looked better, but I didn’t have them and again, to save money, decided not to buy them this year.
I love how it turned out! I think I’ll do something similar after Christmas, with different colors of burlap. To find cheap burlap, check out the clearance section, or buy it from a fabric store with a coupon, which many have practically all the time!
What does your Christmas table look like? Do you have any ideas for frugal table toppers?