10-Minute (Wrapping Paper) Table Runner

After wrapping gifts for my niece and nephew’s annual co-birthday bash, I stashed them in a large, apple green basket I picked up at a yard sale a few weeks ago. It looked really cute since the same apple green was also in the giftwrap, so I left it on the table.

Flash forward to the day of the party when I realized we needed the main table and a card table to seat everyone comfortably.

Coordinating tables of varying heights and sizes isn’t easy when you don’t have matching tablecloths for the tables. My extra-long tablecloth that can cover two tables is dark green – too Christmasy for a summer birthday party. I wanted something simple but fun. Preferably something that didn’t need to be laundered after the party.

That’s when inspiration struck: Use the leftover giftwrap for a table runner.

There wasn’t even enough paper left to span the length of the longer table, but fortunately the paper had a cutting grid on the back. That made it even easier to turn it into a table runner.

Here’s how simple it is to make a 10-minute (or less) table runner:

  • Cut paper lengthwise down the middle, fold in each edge along the nearest grid line. Next, fold one end of each section into a crisp point.


  • A little tape helps hold the points in place.
  • Line the non-pointy ends up, try to match the pattern where they overlap, and tape them together.


Not bad for a 10-minute table runner.

What are some simple, fun decorations you’ve made?


About Paula Hendrickson

I'm a full-time freelance writer with an addiction to yarn, cooking and all kinds of crafty things. I come from a long line of creative and entrepreneurial types on both sides of the family, making creativity almost like competitive pursuit.

Posted on August 26, 2013, in birthday, Giftwrap, Parties, party decorations, Table Runner and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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