Have you ever seen a craft that you did as a child and find yourself wishing that you had an excuse to make that craft again?
That’s what happened that led to the creation of this Painted Maple Leaf Table Runner.
Debbie from One Little Project posted a really fun Chalk Stenciled Pumpkin. Ooohhh how I wanted to get out some paper and chalk and play!
Well… it just so happened that I’ve been wanting a new fall table runner for our dining room table.
I had some canvas left over from when Dave and I made the pressing surface for the new custom designed pressing station he built for me (sewing room tour coming soon,) I had some DecoArt Crafter’s Acrylic Paint and looking out the window to the backyard there was a tree full of maple leaves.
Hmmm, I wondered, could I get the same effect with paint as Debbie did with chalk. So the experiments began. You may have seen some of those posted on Instagram @supermomnocape.
It turned out that it is definitely possible to get the same effect with paint. And I’m going to show you how to do it!
You’re going to need:
Heavy weight unbleached canvas (<affiliate link)
Note: It comes in 58″ widths so purchase the amount you need to make whatever size table runner you want to make plus extra to allow for seam allowances and shrinkage. Unbleached canvas shrinks a lot! I would recommend buying at least an extra 3 inches.
Acrylic Craft Paint in Yellow, Orange and Red – I used DecoArt in Bright Yellow, Pure Pumpkin and Deep Red.
Three sponge brushes (<affiliate link)
Tray for putting the paint in – No need for anything fancy… I used a clean lid from a cottage cheese container
Several maple leaves – gather them from a tree in your yard or neighborhood
To begin, wash the canvas in hot water and dry on hot so that it shrinks as much as it’s going to shrink. Take it out of the dryer immediately to avoid it getting wrinkled. Then give the canvas a good pressing.