DIY paper doily table runner

Stu built us a new deck and awning earlier this year and salvaged all the old timber in the process to make a beautiful 10-seater outdoor table. Only problem was, because it's not a standard size table, it was impossible to buy table runners/cloth that fits. And that's how I came up with the idea of making my own table runner.
I've seen some really beautiful handmade cloth doily runners on Pinterest, but since (what I call) 'the doily revival', doilies have actually become quite expensive to buy. The paper option was by far cheaper and great for one-off events.

To make your own table runner, you'll need: paper doilies of various shapes and sizes, and double-sided tape

1. Position the doilies so that they slightly overlap at the edges. Once you are satisfied with the way it looks, tape the edges together.

2. Continue adding paper doiles until the desired length and width is achieved.
All done!

44 Responses to DIY paper doily table runner

Vicky said...

I like this idea. This is so pretty and so simple too!
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Mimi said...

it's so pretty! :D

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cleartheway said...

Super cute idea! Very easy, but it makes a big impact.

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cquek said...

they are awesome, i love to have that in my house too..

Christine ♥ CHRiiSSYDOLLXO said...

that's so smart and creative! i love the idea so much, very elegant :)

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Tina Bradley said...

Wow! What an elegant and resourceful idea! I ADORE it! xo T. http://tickledpinkwoman.blogspot.com

Jane said...

that is a beautiful table! i want something rustic like that! and i love your creation! table runner looks beautiful!

Linda said...

Well...isn't that just lovely!
And you can dress it up...or dress it down!
Even for a dinner party...with a tablecloth, this would look fabulous overtop!!
Great idea Trish...
Thanks for you sweet comments on my blog!
What are you conjuring up next?? ha!

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Johanna said...

Now that is great...and so easy to make. I love love love it!

Amy @ Elephant Eats said...

Oh my gosh, I LOVE this idea!!! I'm totally pinning it for when our house is ready and I can finally have guests over to dinner! :)

Jessica said...

So pretty. I am pinning this for later!

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Kim Alston said...

That's really cute! I would love to do this for a tea party.
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Tania said...

That is so beautiful!!! It looks so pretty on the rustic wood table! Would be such a lovely idea for a tea party :-)

xo

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Anouka K said...

Such a great idea! Will keep this one in mind for future events.

Rowena @ rolala loves said...

This is my kind of DIY ~ pretty and easy :)

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Our Neck of the Woods said...

What a great idea! I am in love with that table. I want my husband to build a similar one for me. It is just gorgeous!

Gillian said...

I really, really like this. I love the white runner with white chairs. And it's disposable too so no need to soak red wine stains! Perfect. Loved your paper pompoms too by the way - my daughter made some at a craft fair recently but they were nowhere near as pretty as yours. x

Sonia De Macedo said...

I've been infatuated with this trend, luckily for me I actually have an abundance of crochet doileys at my disposal hehehe but I love the idea of the paper kind. Be better than ruining a bunch of crochet art works my mum and late aunt worked on!

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burntfeather said...

So sweet, I actually saw some paper doileys in the shop they other day and was thinking "do I need these" and decided on a no, next time I'll tell myself yes :) he he

Rupsha B said...

Looks so beautiful!
I have got to try this out..

-Ru
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Shirley Tay said...

Brilliant, Trishie! So sweet & lovely; I like it a lot!

Kate Sullivan Corpuz said...

Fabulous! It would look fun for a wedding/party table too.

always, koru kate

Kate Sullivan Corpuz said...

Fabulous! It would look great for a wedding table too.

always, koru kate

Imogen said...

I want one! So pretty

Sam said...

One of my favourite reasons to visit your blog are your fabulous DIYs, love how pretty this looks. Thanks for your visit ... Have a Fantastic Friday!

Feronia said...

Looks pretty :)

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

You are so right about the doily revival. I have some but I remember when I was hunting they were pricey.

I've been meaning to try this. I have some left over paper doilies from my daughter's first birthday party.

LOVE the table btw.

Midnight Cowgirl said...

Looks so pretty!

Miu said...

This is such an adorable idea!

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Great idea !!! Like it :)

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Arni @ Travel Gourmande said...

Very creative indeed and it looks really pretty.

Genevive said...

oh my oh my!!!! this is an awesome idea Trishie! will definitely do this one of these days :)))

Denise said...

I have just seen the nursery! It's so lovely and with such a peaceful atmosphere, just how it has to be! The table runner, w-o-w! You made it yourself! So talented! Congratulations!

Mary Jo @trustyourstyle said...

This is so so pretty, I had just been looking at some tutorials on pinterest, I love the idea!

xo Mary Jo

sal ♥ said...

that's a smart idea! it looks very nice too! i'm going to have to try this some time :D

Jo said...

I just read your "About Me" page. I didn't know you were born and bred in Singapore! We might have bumped into each other.

This table runner idea is so simple yet pretty. You are creative to think of that!

And I've always thought I followed you since the last time we connected? I can't seem to find myself on GFC. Anyway I will try clicking on it again.

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Jo said...

Ah! I managed to follow! Silly me.

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Stephanie Lula said...

Wow! That is amazing now. I've seen a lot of those long wooden tables on Pinterest and such, but I think this is the best!

Bhushavali N said...

This looks stunning... Love this idea!!!
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Natalie G said...

so lovely, what a creative idea!

Ann Jones said...

That turned out so pretty! I love that you made it, so creative :)

Gina Norman said...

I do love this, it reminds me of the paper doily banners I made for my daughter's graduation party!

MrsW said...

I love this idea so much. I've added it to the ever-growing list of requests for my upcoming 30th birthday party.