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Polka Dot Tablecloth DIY

This table cloth DIY was inspired by these napkins from Anthropologie. I loved the color palate and we decided to try to make one using a $15 table cloth and… potatoes! The process took a couple hours but was very simple and because of the imperfect look we didn’t worry too much about how straight our lines were. I’m so pleased with the results! It would be so easy to make a bunch for a wedding or a shower. (ps: Here is the artwork we made with potatoes a few years ago, I still love it.)

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Materials: Tablecloth, Potato, Knife, Cutting Board, White Textile Paint, Plate, Drop Cloth

Step 1: Cut your potato in the roundest section so that it is 3 inches wide.
Step 2: Pour your paint onto a plate.
Step 3: Open your drop cloth and fold out your tablecloth on top.
Step 4: Dip your potato into the paint.
Step 5: Stamp the paint side down onto your tablecloth. Repeat.
Step 6: Once you’ve finished the design, allow the paint to dry.

Photography by  Heather Zweig for Oh Happy Day
Art Direction by Jordan Ferney
Produced by Stacy Wichelhaus
Crafting and styling by Caitlin Barker

  1. Toni-Louise

    May 7, 2013

    This table cloth looks so lovely, can’t believe how simple it is to make. Thanks so much for sharing. xx

  2. Sally from Little Hiccups

    May 7, 2013

    Lovely 🙂

  3. Katie

    May 7, 2013

    I love this! I must do it immediately!

  4. laura @

    May 7, 2013

    Love this! I’m hosting a baby shower in 2 weeks. Totally making this! Do you mind if I share on my blog my finished fabric? With a link of course!

      • jordan
      • May 7, 2013

      That’s not a problem. Thanks for asking and linking back!

  5. LARY@ Inspiration Nook

    May 7, 2013

    Love this!!! Must attempt to make my own soon. Love the imperfections, it makes it even more special.

  6. Deana

    May 7, 2013

    super cute and it looks easy to do!
    -Deana, from Bird&Oxfords

  7. Marta

    May 7, 2013

    What a great project! I have a similar one in red from the famous Swedish shop

  8. Danette

    May 7, 2013

    Oh. My. Goodness. Super easy and super cute. I was thinking of doing something like this on some bar towels, but I was concerned how’d it turn out. I love this.

  9. estherjulee

    May 7, 2013

    ooh wow! 🙂 potato art – i love it! and it looks exactly like those anthropologie napkins.

  10. Kathleen

    May 7, 2013

    Beautiful! I love that it’s eye-catching but still neutral.

    Also, I’ve been having a lot of trouble loading Oh Happy Day lately – I’ve tried on two different computers and it doesn’t seem to make a difference. Sometimes it takes a long time to load, but other times it doesn’t come up at all. Maybe you already know this, or it could be a weird fluke on my end, but I just thought I’d mention it.

  11. ami@naivecookcooks

    May 7, 2013

    So cool!

  12. Kayleigh

    May 7, 2013

    I love this tablecloth and the look of the white polka dots against the neutral fabric! You have some of the BEST DIY IDEAS!

  13. Erin

    May 7, 2013

    This is SO cute! And it looks easy enough where I wouldn’t mess it up (too much at least)! Thanks for the inspiration…I can’t wait to make my own this summer!

  14. Jessica

    May 7, 2013

    Great diy! The table cloth looks great. I think I’m going to make one for my son’s first birthday. 🙂 I did a gold polka dotted tablecloth diy on my blog not too long ago, too!

  15. Corbin (decor-eat)

    May 8, 2013

    This is so cute! It looks great and fun! I’m going to have to give this a go. My kitchen table is DYING for a tablecloth.

    New fan and follower. You should check out decor-eat sometime. I just kicked off a fun DIY link up!


  16. zuzanna schwed

    May 9, 2013

    cant wait to try this. i still have some fabric paint from making my girls leggings a few months ago! btw, you’re chairs are so beautiful! I’m looking for this danish style as well…any leads???

  17. Kate

    May 11, 2013

    What an adorable idea! This is so cute and chic! I love that it’s something the kids could help with.

  18. Modfrugal

    May 19, 2013

    Great look! Quick 2 questions: Do you wash the tablecloth before printing, and does the fabric paint wash well once applied?

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