DIY Geometric Tablecloth or Backdrop

My new favorite DIY! Adios ombre cork board (although I still love you) but this has replaced you in my heart as my latest fav.  (until a Christmas DIY I have planned and am so excited about that is…)

It can be used as a tablecloth or backdrop for photos, events, etc.  I have not had a party to use it at yet, so it gets way more use for me as a tablecloth!

How to Make A Geometric Tablecloth or Backdrop

White Tablecloth (I pick them up at thrift store all the time)
Measuring Tape
Craft Paint (read note at end of blog post for wash instructions)
Small foam paintbrush
Painter’s tape

(It is a matter of repeating the same step over and over.  However, it is very important to get your measurements correct for an even look.)

1) Measure your tablecloth

Pattern- Two triangles- 3 inches each= 1 line
I divided 6inches into the entire size of the tablecloth to get the number of lines I could paint.

Remember, you will need some space between each line (so the triangles are not bunched up together)
To make up for space between each line, I chose the design to have two sides having one triangle as the pattern instead of two.  (image below)

I assumed this would work, so I would not have to do additional math to figure out my triangles 🙂 However, you could just divide the entire length by 3 inches, and see how many lines of triangle you can create.

(This photo is cut and pasted together so I can show an image of the overall design & pattern, the tablecloth is much longer)

Depending upon the size of your tablecloth, you may not have to do one line of triangles (I like the look though!) or you can do all four sides with one triangle.

2) Stencil and paint:

My stencil was 2 triangles made from painter’s tape.

I prefer using painter’s tape over a stencil.  I did not have a stencil in the shape I wanted and painter’s tape, in my opinion, makes the best crisp lines!

The painter’s tape gets pretty wet after the heavy use, so I made two so I could switch off while the other one dried.

I did each triangle individually (this is the time consuming part) versus taping up the entire cloth with the design.

It is not two colors of paint, one line is wet, the other is dry

(I apologize for the image quality- Mom DIYer means work at night usually)

I wanted the triangles fairly close together, if I taped the entire cloth versus painting individually, I would have had a large line (painter’s tape width) between each triangle.

Prop-less photo, so you can see most of pattern

– There will be variations in how close your triangles are together if you do not measure each and every line as you do it- I did not measure each line- variation is the sign of a handmade beauty 😉

So, in short:
Stick your painter’s tape triangle on tablecloth, paint, lift painter’s tape.  
Line up the “stencil” to the previously made triangle- reversing the stencil to create your pattern.
Since the triangles are close together, you will be placing a portion of painter’s tape on the wet paint of the previously made triangle- it is ok!! The paint will not come off or smudge.

Redoing tablecloths is not a new DIY of mine (all NO sew because, well, I cannot sew)
Pom Pom Tablecloth
3 Tiered Ruffle Tablecloth
 Repurpose a Sheet Tablecloth

I used Martha Stewart craft paint, the cure instructions are in the comments section located here! Martha Stewart craft paint IS washable!

“Heat Setting to Cure Technique – Allow your decorated fabric to air dry 24 hours then heat set using either one of two recommended methods.
Dryer Method – Turn garment inside out; place item in dryer for 30 minutes on highest setting allowed for the type of fabric used.
Iron Method – Place decorated item right side up on ironing board; cover with dry pressing cloth. Set iron to highest setting allowed for fabric used. Place dry iron (no steam) on area pressing for 30 seconds, lift iron moving to another area until all sections are heat set.”

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Hope you enjoy my latest, favorite DIY!  

I jumped up and down off a chair 5.5 months pregnant to keep taking pics on the self timer,- one of my pictures I look like a pink ghost, I guess I thought over my head was a good pose for one? 😉 xoxo

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