Monday, November 28, 2011

DIY! Game Night Typography Table Runner

Hold on to your seat people...
this is NOT a holiday craft
(it could be an awesome gift though!).
Around here, one of our big social activities is Game Night.
We generally do this a 2-3 times a month with 2 other couples.
he kids all get along and look forward to our get-togethers,
the adults all love hanging out with each other,
and there is always good food and good fun!
I was thinking it would be fun to have some decor that I could use every time it is my turn to host...and then I received 2 products - stencils and canvas place mats - from The DIY Club that, at least in my mind, seemed to go together like chocolate and peanut butter.
I actually loved this project so much I made 2 projects using the same ideas and principles. You can see my place mats over at The DIY Club!

DIY Club
Here is the Table runner DIY!

  • Canvas Corp Table Runner
  • DecoArt Americana Stencils, 5" Stencil Font Alphabet. They have other sizes and styles well as other designs if you don't want "words."
  • DecoArt Americana Acrylic in Ebony*
  • DecoArt Fabric Painting Medium*
  • *NOTE: You can use So Soft Fabric Paint in Lamp Black in lieu of the Americana Acrylic/Fabric Painting Medium.
  • Fabric Stencil Brush...I used a foam pouncer
  • Paper Towels
  • Plate or bowl for mixing paint
1. Wash the runner and press it prior to painting.
2. Determine your words/wording, and measure or make a template to ensure it fits.
3. Layout the words for placement - I used the stencils and a sheet of blank paper/pen to write the words and then laid them out.
4. To keep my words straight, I measured up from the hem of the runner and them placed a line of tape. I lined up the top edge of the stencil with the tape and it kept everything straight and even.

5. Mix paint and fabric medium together.
6. Place stencil (first letter) on runner and using the pouncer apply paint to the stencil/letter. (see this step - this is when I realized I needed that guideline with the tape and then step 3 was "born.")

7. For subsequent letters, you may need to clean the used stencils (the stencils come on multiple sheets, so it just depends on on which letters you are using). I kept paper towels handy to blot the front and back of the stencils before placing my next letters.

8. You may also need to let the paint dry slightly before moving on to the next letter. I simply let it dry slightly (because the paint is not super-wet after applying it) and them laid paper towels under the stencil.
9. Continue with your letters until you are finished - I added a quick dab of the pouncer between my words to show separation.
10. Let dry for 48 hours.
11. Heat set the design -  using the correct iron setting for the fabric, cover design with cloth and press.
12. My runner has been washed after painting as well...I LOVE IT!

I think I created a fun little runner that is simple
and pretty much sums up what we do:
*Eat*Drink Play*

We mostly play dominoes or catch phrase!
So what is your favorite game?
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  1. Very cute! It would be a nice gift, too, with a new game.

  2. So fun, Holly! And wonderful that you have friends you have game night with on a regular basis!

  3. Sounds fun Holly. Our crew enjoys Candyland and Hide the Sock Monkey--give us a few years to progress to more entertaining games.

  4. Holly, thanks for visiting my blog.
    Domino is a really fun game. Thank you for the tut. Is it mostly for kids or adults play as well?

  5. Oksana - it is for adults.The version we play is called Train or Crazy Train.

  6. LOVE THIS!!!!! Such a great idea and a fun family gift too ;)

  7. Hey you have 2 beautiful blog!! thanks to follow me, i follow your 2 blogs because i love the wedding thing (but i'm not marriedi :(((((((
    andi hope that i can do it soonest...

    Have a good day

  8. This is such a fun idea, Holly!! I love the table runner. And the placemats are too cute!

  9. This (and the placemats) are adorable! Love!

  10. HOLLY! This is awesome! I love love love typography...and I love how you used it're awesome!

  11. Can't wait to give 'em a test run at the next Game Night!


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