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Fall Flair for a Kids' Table

Create a special place for the kids to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal with an autumn-inspired table runner, placemats, and more!


Project Overview

Skill Level


Estimated Time

A few hours

Estimated Cost


Tools and Materials


  • Pencil
  • Paintbrush
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Mailing tape
  • Painter's tape


  • Finish Factor 28" contractor's paper (#125855)
  • Elmer's 4-ounce Glue-All (#185297)
  • Valspar paint samples: Mac and Cheese (#CI 223) and Cherry on Top (#CI 229)
  • Duck 4'x20" cork adhesive shelf liner (#124858)
  • 2 - Valspar 1-quart empty paint cans (#27318)
  • Valspar Gloss Orange spray paint (#282292)

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Project Resources


Make the Table Runner and Napkin Ring

Step 1

Download the leaf templates. Trace the leaf outlines onto contractor's paper and cut them out. (Folding the paper first will allow you to cut out several leaves at once.) You'll need enough leaves to scatter two lines of them down the length of the runner, plus additional leaves for the napkin rings.

Step 2

Paint half of the leaves with a fall color of your choice, and then paint the other leaves with a different fall color. Let the tops of the leaves dry before painting the bottoms.

Step 3

While the leaves dry, create the paper runner. Trim the contractor's paper so it's slightly narrower than your table's width and extends about 8" over both ends of your table.

Step 4

Glue two lines of leaves down the length of the runner. (Note: This cover was intended to be disposable. So don't worry when things get a little messy on Thanksgiving Day!) If you own napkin rings, you can tape any remaining leaves onto them at each place setting.

Make the Placemat

Step 1

Download the turkey template. Trace the outline on the cork shelf liner. (One roll of cork is large enough for you to trace the turkey four times, so you can have four matching placemats.)

Step 2

Cut out the design -- then you're good to gobble.

Make the Vase

Step 1

Apply painter's tape to the top and bottom rings of the paint cans to keep paint off the lips of the cans and leave contrasting bands of metal.

Step 2

Apply spray paint to the cans. Use light coats to avoid drips. Remove the painter's tape and let dry.

Step 3


Fill with flowers or other festive flair!