Hi, Friends! As promised, I’m back today to show you how to make a statement – “Count your Blessings, One by One” – on your Thanksgiving tablecloth. I chose the words Count Your Blessings, but you can do this with any words or phrase you like.
Here’s what you will need for this project:
Burlap fabric like I used or light colored tablecloth
Craft Smart Gold Oil-Based Paint Pen (found at Michael’s)
For the actual tablecloth, I chose to use an ivory colored burlap found HERE. The width of the fabric is 58″, which works well for most tables. For the length, measure your table and be sure to add for the drop you want off each end. My table measures 7 feet and I added 1 ft. for each end – so a total length of 9 ft. or 3 yards of fabric. If you don’t want a burlap tablecloth, you could do this technique on any solid color tablecloth. However, you will need to be able to see the words thru the fabric so they can be traced – so choose a light color.
Next, you will need to download and print the lettering pages below. They are already enlarged to fit a 7 ft. table.
Now you want to lay out the pages to spell “count your blessings” on the long side of your table and “one by one” on the end of your table. Overlap the letters as needed to form the words without breaks (shown below) and tape to your tabletop with Scotch tape.
Next, lay your fabric or tablecloth on top of the lettering – lining up the edge of your tablecloth with the edge of your table. Make sure you have your tablecloth centered over the words where you want them to be. Make sure you are working in a well lit room and you should be able to see the lettering thru the fabric. Now, use your paint pen to trace the lettering. Make sure you shake your paint pen before use (like you would a can of spray paint) and then prime the pen as shown on the package. I used the metallic gold color paint pen, but you could use whatever color you want.
I traced both long sides first and then both ends. Once all the lettering is traced, use your paint pen to fill in the letters.
I created a fringed edge on each side by pulling out a few rows of the burlap fibers. You will want to iron your fabric to set the paint once you are finished.
I hope you’ll give this a try for your Thanksgiving table! I’ll be back on Friday with the printable “Count your Blessings” cards that I used on my Thanksgiving tablescape! See you then!