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Painted Floral Tablecloth

After making this painted Polka Dot Tablecloth last week, I’ve been inspired to test the process with different patterns and colors. We made this tablecloth based on some vintage fabric I had in my fabric stash. We had Paul mix up a few colors and I’m so pleased with the way it turned out! The process took only a few hours because the pattern is so abstract and imperfect. I can’t wait to use it at my next party!

Click through for instructions.

Materials: Fabric Paint, Cotton Tablecloth, Large Plastic Drop Cloth, Large Paint Brushes, Paper Plates

Step 1: Lay out the drop cloth and place the tablecloth on top.
Step 2: Mix your paint colors, one on each plate (colors and mixes below.)
Step 3: Begin painting. Start with the flowers, being sure to space the different colors evenly.  Paint loosely and with confident strokes.  The less you think about making them look perfect the better they will turn out!
Step 4: When you have enough flowers, start adding in the green leaves.  Again, be sure to add the different shades evenly through the painting.
Step 5: Let it dry completely.

Photography by  Aubrey Trinnaman for Oh Happy Day
Art Direction by Jordan Ferney
Produced by Stacy Wichelhaus
Crafting by Jessica Heywood

  1. Mandy DeTurk

    May 15, 2013

    I love it!

  2. Laia

    May 15, 2013

    Increible!!! Hauries de posar un video sobre com ho has fet perquè em moro de ganes de fer-ho!!!

  3. Lindsay

    May 15, 2013

    Can you explain step 3? Are they just swirls? Is the shading the tablecloth showing through or white paint? You don’t really address the actual process of painting it. Thanks!

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • May 15, 2013

      Hi Lindsay! We loosely painted circles and then filled them in with simple swirls and brush strokes. We tried to make sure they weren’t too perfect. The white in the pattern isn’t paint, its the fabric showing through. I hope this helps!

  4. Phoebe

    May 15, 2013

    I love this! Does the paint make the cloth crunchy? Or does washing it afterward alleviate that?

    • jordan
      • jordan
      • May 15, 2013

      Since the paint is made for fabric, it doesn’t get crunchy. But it does make the fabric a little stiffer than a normal.

  5. Toni-Louise

    May 15, 2013

    Gorgeous table cloth! Looks so lovely, adore the colours. :) x

  6. Miggy

    May 15, 2013

    OK, this is fantastic. Very vintage-y DIY with high end results.
    Love it.

  7. Amanda

    May 15, 2013

    I love any DIY where the advice is “the less you think about making them look perfect the better they will turn out” Such a great idea.

  8. Jordana @WhiteCabana

    May 15, 2013

    Never mind a table cloth…I think this design would look beautiful as a full circle skirt (as long as the fabric feels good). Very nice!

  9. Ashley

    May 15, 2013

    It’s DIYs like this that keep me constantly coming back for more, Jordan. What a beautiful project that looks anything but do-it-yourself.

  10. Anastasia

    May 15, 2013

    As always Jordan, just lovely. I will be making these for my mother’s birthday.

  11. I wouldn’t have believed in a million years that this was DIY. So gorgeous, I can’t wait to try it!

  12. deana

    May 15, 2013

    perfect for the season!
    -Deana, from Birds&Oxfords

  13. Peonies and Pancakes

    May 15, 2013

    Perfect! I’ve never tried my hand at any DIY’s but this looks too beautiful too resist. Thanks!

  14. adrienne

    May 16, 2013

    this is beautiful. and LOVE the advice about not thinking too much about it!

  15. Rachel Fackender

    May 16, 2013

    Love this post! I have been making my own plans to make a fun picnic tablecloth. I was going to go with the typical checkered tablecloth in a fun color, but the flowers are a nice, fresh addition!

  16. Meg

    May 16, 2013

    This is truely a work of art!
    So pretty!

  17. Jolleen

    May 16, 2013

    The table cloth is so beautiful! It reminds me of Lily Pulitzer. Can’t wait to try this for my next event!



  18. Elena @ Randomly Happy

    May 16, 2013

    I’ve said it before but I’ll say it again – you’re head must be one great place!

    Great DIY!

    x Elena @ Randomly Happy

  19. Julie Kuberski

    May 16, 2013

    Seriously, such a beautiful tablecloth! I love how painterly it is. Great job.

  20. Morgan

    May 16, 2013

    I love this! SO pretty!

  21. sue

    May 16, 2013

    Gorgeous. And you’re so good at painting flowers!

  22. Renae

    May 17, 2013

    This looks great! The colors and patterns remind me of some tea towels I made recently using a celery for a stamp! Will have to try a tablecloth next! Thanks for the inspiration!

  23. Jaimie

    May 18, 2013

    Whoa this is so beautiful! I might have to make one! I love how you could customize this! :)

  24. Sarah W

    May 18, 2013

    I am loving this so much! It is amazing!

  25. eva scott

    May 18, 2013

    Wow, this is just so beautiful!!!

  26. Lisette Wolter-McKinley

    May 20, 2013

    I am a sucker for anything floral. I ought to try this out, it looks fantastic!

  27. Blair

    May 24, 2013

    Can you wash the table cloth, or will it ruin it?

  28. Anne

    May 25, 2013

    Your DIYs are really amazing. I was planning to make a bag and was looking for a really good design. This’ll be helpful… :)

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