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Valentine’s Day Table DIY

Design     |    February 5th, 2016

Valentine’s Day is nearly here and with it the excuse to celebrate with friends, partners or loved ones. As I mentioned last year, I’ve always loved Valentine’s Day. True, there are a number of negative facts and myths surrounding this non-holiday, but it is also an adorable, glittery gem in the midst of my post-Christmas wintertime doldrums.

This year, my friend and I are hosting a Galentine’s Day tea party on the 13th. To keep within our party budget, but add some flair to our tables, I whipped up this disposable “XO” tablecloth for nothing more than $3 and an hour of my time.

Table for two

I started the project with a pink flannel backed plastic tablecloth from the 99 cent store, an 80 cent foam brush from the craft store, and a $1.20 bottle of black acrylic paint. Definitely within our party decor budget.

Black paint, a foam brush, and a repurposed takeout lid

Black paint, a foam brush, and a repurposed takeout lid

I hung the tablecloth up to complete the painting portion. You could also do this on the floor, but my four legged friends have been known to walk through wet paint and ruin projects.

I began to paint from the middle out, marking a spot in the center and painting my first X and O on either side of the center dot.

Marking the center with a light pencil

Marking the center with a light pencil

Next I measured up and down and left and right from the initial xo. I wasn’t exactly trying for perfection with this project, but I certainly wanted some uniformity in the pattern. Approximately 4 inches of space remains between each print.

Measuring out from the initial xo

Measuring out from the origin

As a center strip the pattern works almost as a runner!

As a center strip the pattern works almost as a runner!

After completing the vertical center row of the pattern, I worked out from left to right, row by row. This pattern could certainly have been more crisp, but our party is going for that carefree boho artist feel, so I felt it would suffice.

Painting complete and hanging to dry.

Painting complete and hanging to dry.

This cloth was a little too big for my table so I left the far edges bare as I planned to trim it once dry. Another perk of hanging the tablecloth to paint was the drying was quick and completely unobtrusive.

Patterned and ready to party

Patterned and ready to party

If you decide to paint your own tablecloth, you may want to consider painting it horizontally as opposed to vertically. I love how this turned out, but we may also use one of these as a wall hanging/photo backdrop for our party. For that reason I chose to paint my pattern vertically so it is more versatile.

I decided to play around with two possible uses for my sweet little table cloth. In addition to using it at the party, I’m hoping it will make an appearance at my home cooked Valentine’s Day dinner with the beau.

Possible party table configuration?

Possible party table configuration?

Party Table

Party Table

I love pink. He hates pink but loves me, so hopefully he can tolerate the cute overload for an evening. Let’s be honest, the decorating part is really my gift to me.

Who wouldn't want to be my Vday date with this setup?

Who wouldn’t want to be my Vday date with this setup?

date night table

Happy Gal/Pal/Valentines Day to you all!


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