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Stenciled Table Runners 3 Ways

Turn a plain table runner into a colorful holiday or seasonal decoration. Just add one of three designs you can paint using our free downloadable stencil pattern.

Table runner with a stenciled pinecone design

Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Utility knife
  • Painter's tape
  • Transfer or graphite paper


  • Table runner
  • 5-ft x 20-in almond shelf liner, #37811
  • Pinecone: Rust-Oleum universal spray paint, Aged Copper and Espresso Brown
  • Star: Valspar spray paint, Silver
  • Leaf: Valspar spray paint, Brilliant Gold and Rust-Oleum spray paint, Brushed Nickel

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Project Resources


Step 1

Lay the table runner on a flat work surface and cut a piece of shelf liner long enough to cover the runner from end to end.

Good to Know

The shelf liner used is 20 inches wide. If your table runner is wider than that, cut two lengths of shelf liner and tape the long edges together.

Step 2

Table runner with leaf stencils
Table runner with leaf stencils

Print out the pattern of your choice. The leaf pattern works with a fall or Thanksgiving theme.

Step 3

Table runner with Star of David stencil
Table runner with Star of David stencil

The star pattern can be used for a Hanukkah celebration. In both cases, place transfer paper beneath the pattern and place both on the shelf liner. Trace the stencil pattern onto the shelf liner, and go over the lines with a permanent marker to make them easier to see. Repeat the pattern in different places and orientations along the shelf liner as desired; allow some of the patterns to overlap the edges of the shelf liner.

Step 4

Use a utility knife to cut out the patterns in the shelf liner.

Step 5

Lay the shelf liner stencil over the table runner. Starting at one end, peel off the backing to stick the liner to the fabric. Gradually remove the backing and press the liner firmly against the table runner so there are no loose sections, especially around the stencil patterns.

Step 6

Mask off any exposed areas of the table runner. If you're painting more than one color, as on the leaves and pinecones, mask off the stencils you'll paint with the second color. Spray each exposed pattern two coats of the first color and let dry. Switch the masking tape to cover the painted portions and apply two coats of the second color.

Good to Know

Work on a flat surface outdoors with just enough breeze to carry away the paint fumes.

Step 7

Table runner with pinecone stencils
Table runner with pinecone stencils

After the paint dries to the touch, peel off the shelf liner.