Friday, July 27, 2012

DIY Tablecloth - Hand Painted Clouds Tutorial

Happy Friday to you all! 

I wanted to make a quick tutorial about the cloud tablecloth from the Hot Air Balloon Shower I posted last week! Yes, it was hand-painted! First I brag, than turn around and tell you how easy it was! ;)

We knew we wanted something subtle to match the color theme for the shower. We also didn't want just a plain white one. The idea of clouds came to mind. For me, DIY is always the first thought. But in fear that it would take too long, we scanned our fabric store (Walmart-- haha) and found cheesy cloud fabric for about $5/ a yard! Checking another local fabric store, the price was even more outrageous and not at all what I pictured. They had to be big. They had to be realistic, almost not there. So DIY-ing it became. And it was the greatest idea ever! (ok, I'm bragging again? not the greatest EVER but still so cool!) 

We found a light blue sheer fabric (maybe a chiffon?) at Walmart in the clearance section and it had just the amount we needed. Six yards to cover four tables. The price was $1/yd. :) That's more like it.

Acrylic paint at Michaels for about $3 (40% off one regular priced item. A coupon that everyone should be using when you go! They will even ring it up off your phone: just go to and click on the coupons link)

A glitter spray also from Michael's (which is optional but added a great final touch)

A big wholly sponge that I had laying around that we never really used :)

Squirt paint on to plate. Lay the fabric on top of plastic so that the paint doesn't seep through. (We used a cheap plastic tablecloth) Dab the sponge into the paint and then dab onto fabric.

Keep dabbing sponge in paint and filling in with the sponge until it looks like a cloud. Too much paint isn't need. The final touches should have little paint left to make it realistic like. 
Add the glitter spray after you have painted. We didn't wait for it to dry. Just spray in a circular motion, and just at parts of the cloud (not to drench it in glitter!) 

TIP: Lay all the fabric out right away so that you don't have to wait for it to dry and than move it. We thought of that late (because it was late at night!) and had to finish the next day. That worked out fine too if you don't have a big enough space. Just trying to save you a step!

It turned out so pretty we almost didn't want to use it as a tablecloth! We were scared it would get dirty! Maybe a permanent type of paint would be more ideal if you decide to reuse it in a different way... Such as a curtain panels or even add a lining and make into bedding or pillow covers! 

Total Cost: $12! 

I know yours will turn out just as perfect, if you ever need to sit on clouds. :)

Have a beautiful weekend!

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