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DIY Confetti Tablecloth

by Jenny Batt

I have confetti on the brain.  I can’t help it. It is just so fun and makes me smile. Another one of my favorite things? Vintage tablecloths. I had a great thrift store that used to get the best and brightest mid-century styles, but I think someone else caught on and now it’s all dried up. I still keep checking weekly, but for now I will just settle on making my own.  I have two boys, so tablecloths are both heaven sent and a necessity.  Now, since I can buy plain white tablecloths, my supply will be unlimited.  Let the fun begin!

You will need: a tablecloth (Target has nice thick white ones), craft paint, circle punch, cardstock, freezer paper, tape and a paint brush.

Wash and dry your tablecloth. While you are doing this, clear a space larger than the size of the tablecloth on a hard floor and tape lengths of freezer paper shiny side up. Overlap the edges a little. I popped my tablecloth right from the dryer down, eliminating any ironing. Win! Tape each corner of the tablecloth down, no need to be perfect,  it just needs to stay put while painting.

Cut your cardstock into four pieces. Punch the center out of each card with your circle punch, I used a 2.75 inch punch.  Make a bunch of these, you will go through about 4 for each color, depending on how careful you are.

Start painting, one color at a time.  I used a different plate for each color. For each dot, place your template down and hold with one hand.  Take your brush and work from the paper, like a stencil and paint your dot.  It’s pretty fast, but be careful not to get the brush under the dot.  If anything goes wonky, just carefully paint the edge smooth, and start with a new card, easy peasy.  Go to town and think “scattered” like confetti!

I had to add more colors after dinner time.  This really goes fast, and is an easy way to update an existing tablecloth.  I plan on making more confetti tablecloths from home decor fabric and old floral ones that need some love.

Just add cake and turn every day into a celebration.


  1. Jenn@myfabulesslife

    February 17, 2012

    How adorable!! I think I’m going to make several of these in different colors! And one silver & gold for grown up parties 😀

  2. Emily

    February 17, 2012

    Jenny, what kind of paint(brand) did you use? fabric, acrylic?

  3. Mindy Rowley

    February 17, 2012

    I’m curious, what kind of paint? Just acrylic? Can the tablecloth be washed after painted on without the paint being ruined?


  4. Jo Payne

    February 17, 2012

    What a wonderful idea, thanks so much for sharing! And goodness that cake looks devine. I’m now very hungry! :-)

  5. Marie

    February 17, 2012

  6. Dariela

    February 17, 2012

    love love love this Jenny!!

  7. Megan

    February 17, 2012

    Jenny that is so cute and so simple – I love it. Polka dots as confetti make everything cooler!

  8. Mini Piccolini

    February 18, 2012

  9. April

    February 18, 2012

    I have a bunch if vintage cloths that are stained…. the perfect coverup.

  10. Vanessa

    February 18, 2012

    I love this! Anything confetti or confetti inspired and I’m there!

  11. Whitney

    February 19, 2012

    I am also very curious as to what paint was used and if it can be re-washed afterward? Fabulous idea!!!

  12. J@SistersMeetStyle

    February 20, 2012

    Such a fun and creative idea! love it!

  13. PetitCurie

    February 20, 2012

    Great Idea! This is PERFECT for Carnival :)

  14. Jenny @ Hank + Hunt

    February 20, 2012

    Hi Emily,
    I purchased Martha Stewart brand ( for most of the dots. I also used Tulip Soft Fabric Paint (, for the second addition of colors, I had some around the house already.

    Both work very well.

  15. ella

    February 20, 2012

    I wanna try this, so simple and so fun!

  16. Susan @

    February 20, 2012

    So simple and so cute — I share your love of confetti!

  17. Joy

    February 20, 2012

    How do you make that moving pictures? Which programme do you use?
    Thanks :)

  18. Holly

    February 20, 2012

    Love this idea!! Would it be washable though? I just know things always spill at parties!

  19. Ransacked Goods

    February 21, 2012

    Totally adorable. I can’t wait to give this a try.

  20. jonahliza

    February 21, 2012

    this is perfect. i cant really say anything else, but uhmm.. i love you!

  21. shannon

    February 21, 2012

    I like the colour scheme. Were you influenced by the confetti for the cake, or did you just go with the paints you had on hand?

  22. shannon

    February 21, 2012

    I like the colours! Did they come from the confetti or from paints you had already?

  23. Midnight Cowgirl

    February 21, 2012

    So pretty and cheerful!

  24. Erin

    February 21, 2012

    Thanks so much for sharing! I SO love this easy-to-do confetti craft (just as I love EVERYTHING you do)! I posted about it as part of my beginning-of-a-short-week celebration!

  25. nidis

    February 21, 2012

    I just came across your blog (somebody had pinned it in pinterest) and I love it! i love the DIY ideas, everything is so cute! I will definitely keep coming back to see more of your posts! (-:
    ~Nids F.

  26. roxanne

    February 21, 2012

    This is a great idea…..another way to do it is to use the freezer paper as your stencil. Cut it into pieces, punch out your circles, iron each piece on to the tablecloth with wax side down…it will stick and not have any gaps for paint to seep into. Paint, let dry and pull off the freezer paper….you can do this with all kinds of shapes.

  27. Audrey

    February 22, 2012

    I love this idea, it’s good for a rainyday! But super festive and fun!

  28. JoAnne

    February 22, 2012

    I’ve been working on a bunch of reusable multi-colored birthday celebration decorations, and this is so going into my collection. I’ve already made felt banners spelling out Happy Birthday and my boys’ names, as well as felt circle garlands. I am going to make one of these as soon as I can… and I totally see myself making a photo backdrop like this, too. Love it!

  29. Jeannie

    February 22, 2012

    I have a box of about 100 white table cloths from my son’s wedding. I was excited to see this idea, my mind started racing with ideas. Thanks!

  30. Girls Hair Acessories

    February 23, 2012

    I love this idea!! i will have to try it!!!

  31. Mònica Roca Illustration

    February 23, 2012

    uuuuauuuuuuuu!!!! :)

  32. Julie

    February 29, 2012

    Loved this project so much, I had to try it myself! Not quite as perfect as yours, but still loving the result! It will get much use!

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