Make Your Own Watercolor Tablecloth

Create a stylish conversation starter among guests with a spring-inspired watercolor tablecloth made from canvas drop cloths and water-based paint.

How to Make a Watercolor Tablecloth Perfect for the Spring

Make a Bright Watercolor Tablecloth for Spring

Create a stylish conversation starter for dinner or brunch guests with a tablecloth made from canvas drop cloths and water-based paint.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Materials Needed

  • 5 sample-size water-based paints in coordinating colors
  • large chip paintbrush
  • large foil pan
  • 1-quart bucket filled with water
  • iron
  • 4x8' plastic drop cloth
  • 4x8' canvas drop cloth

Iron Canvas Drop Cloth

On a flat, level surface, set the iron on the steam function and remove all wrinkles from the drop cloth.

Prep Workspace

Spread out the plastic drop cloth to protect your work surface from any paint that may soak through the canvas tablecloth.

Create Paint Palette

Pour each chosen paint color into the foil pan, keeping each color separated by a few inches.

Add Water to Drop Cloth

Add water to the bucket, wet the paintbrush, then apply water to the drop cloth in a rectangular shape approximately 10 to 12 inches in size.

Use Brush to Apply Water on Cloth

Brush Water onto Canvas Cloth

Add Water to Drop Cloth

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

Begin Watercoloring

Dip the paintbrush into one color of paint and loosely brush it over the wet area on the cloth. The paint will spread and begin to bleed, taking on a watercolor look. Repeat this process, alternating colors, until the entire drop cloth is filled (or until you have acheived your desired look).

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