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How To Make A Painted Christmas Table Runner

Do you make holiday crafts that you bring out each year to style your Christmas table? We’ve previously shown you how to crochet napkin rings and use evergreen boughs for your holiday place settings. This week we are showing you how to make a Christmas table runner.

hand-painted and beaded Christmas tree table runner

Holiday crafts are some of my favorite. They are a great way to bring sentimental items and traditions into your home that can be passed down. It’s the little things that the family will often remember. Sentimental ornaments, how the table was decorated, and traditional meals make holidays so meaningful.

Handmade Christmas table runner

This handmade table runner is festive and so easy to make. Have the kids draw and paint the Christmas trees; painting outside the lines is mandatory for this fun craft project. Once the paint is dry, you or your older children can sew the beads into place.


  • Fabric
  • Trim
  • Christmas tree ornament (stamp or cookie cutter)
  • Gold fabric paint
  • Fabric glitter paint in gold
  • Brown or gold fabric marker
  • Beads
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Paintbrush
  • Iron and ironing board


Measure your table to determine the correct length of fabric that you need. Do you want your table runner to hang over the sides of the table, and if so, how far? Or do you prefer a shorter table runner that doesn’t hang over the sides?

Once you have your fabric the desired length, you will need to cut two identical pieces approximately 13.5 inches wide. Fold over about 1/2 an inch all the way around each piece and iron them into place.

measuring and making a hem for a diy table runner

Place one side with the folds facing toward you on a table. Place the other side with the folds now facing each other on top of the first piece. Pin them all the way around, and then pin the trim into place on the ends.

gold trim being added to a handmade white table runner

Sew all the way around your table runner with a 1/4 inch seam. You now have a basic table runner, it was so quick and easy to make that you’ll be making more of them to decorate for every occasion.

Now you need to paint the Christmas trees. I used a Christmas tree ornament for mine, but you can use a stencil, stamp, or print a picture online and cut it out.

Trace around your Christmas tree with a fabric marker. Don’t forget to draw a star on the top too.

Christmas trees being drawn on a table runner

Using a sweeping motion, paint your Christmas tree. Painting outside the lines is mandatory.

gold paint being used to paint gold christmas trees on a table runner

Next, paint over each tree with gold glitter paint. Set your table runner aside to dry.

Once dry, sew beads onto your tree (like ornaments).

beads being sewn onto gold christmas trees on a table runner

Now you have a beautiful hand-painted table runner to put on your dinner table every Christmas.

White table runner with hand-painted gold christmas trees and beads

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