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Painted Maple Leaf Table Runner Tutorial

Painted Maple Leaf Table Runner Tutorial

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!

Painted Maple Leaf Table Runner Tutorial

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.

Matching thread

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.

Click next to get the cutting instructions!

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  • Meari
    October 16, 2016 3:48 pm

    That is very cool! Yes, I miss the days of having youngsters to do kid crafts. 🙂

  • Susan
    October 16, 2016 11:03 pm

    Oh my gosh, yes, I did that with crayons when I was little. When I introduced it one year to my students, none of them had ever done it, and they loved it as much as I did! This is such a great idea to make a fall table runner. Thanks!

  • Rachel
    October 17, 2016 4:26 am

    Delightful indeed. And what fun to do!

  • Tiffstitch
    October 18, 2016 12:00 pm

    That looks beautiful! Thank you for the step-by-step instructions.

  • Vanessa
    October 29, 2016 4:39 am

    I love your table runner and it looks beautiful on your table. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party.

  • Ida
    December 15, 2016 11:15 am

    Have you ‘set’ the paint? (Heat set?) Have you washed the runner? How does it hold up?

    I’m thinking about doing this w/ snowflakes (felt, or such from the dollar store as the objects)

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