DIY Ruler Table Runner

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Can you believe it is time to gear up for school already? Neither can I! I felt like I was finally easing into summer, and then I got the email with the list of school supplies needed! As much as I love summer, I am excited about the school year starting, because my little guy is one of those kids who LOVES school. He can hardly wait to do all the projects and see his buddies. I decided to have a little back to school party for his friends this year. There are a lot of new kids, and I thought it would be the perfect way to introduce everyone. So here is a quick, cute, and cheap DIY to kick off the plans I have in store for next week’s back to school party decorations – a DIY Ruler Table Runner!

Ruler Table Runner | The perfect DIY party decoration for your back to school party.

Back To School Party Decorations: DIY Ruler Table Runner

A ruler table runner is the perfect decoration for your kitchen table on the first day of school! I used a leftover piece of canvas fabric, and cut it to about 4 ft. When buying your fabric, I recommend canvas or a sturdy material that won’t bleed when you write on it with a paint pen or sharpie. A canvas drop cloth from Home Depot is about $10, and works well for this.

Once you have selected your fabric, you need to cut it to the width you want, this will probably vary depending on the width of your table. You next step is to “hem “the edges. I am not an amazing sewer, so I cheated a little and used an iron-on thermobond fabric tape. It was SO easy, and saved me a ton of time.

After you have your edges hemmed, it is time to draw on your lines. It seems intimidating at first, however, its so simple.

Draw ruler lines on your canvas fabric.

Take a tape ruler, and measure out the same marks on to the fabric. I used pencil first, and then traced over in a Sharpie.

Use a tape measure to space out the lines evenly on your ruler table runner.

The inch marks I did about 2 ¾ inch long, and the marks for the foot I did about 4 ½ inches long.

Don't forget to make your Foot marks longer than you Inch marks!

As you can see, my ruler is roughly 4 feet, since I am going to put it on a kids table. Once you have your marks done in pencil, trace over them using Sharpie.

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Next, you will need to trace numbers on to indicate the foot markers. I found a package of sticky fabric numbers in the Target Dollar section, and decided to use these to save myself some time.

Use pre-cut numbers as a stencil for your DIY ruler table runner.

However, you could print numbers out on your computer, cut around them, and stencil them on. Or you could draw them yourself if you have a really steady hand.

Use black pain to fill in your traced numbers. Don't worry about buying special fabric paint - any black paint will do.

To fill in the numbers I used black craft paint that I had. I was worried that it wasn’t fabric paint, but it actually worked perfectly! It did not bleed, and it covered the area smoothly.

Adding the numbers really makes this table runner look like a ruler. Perfect back to school party decoration idea.

Finally, wait for your numbers to dry, and then you are finished! Easy as 1, 2, 3!

This table is ready for back to school party fun!

Overall, this project took about an hour to complete. Next week, I will give you some inspiration to put this table runner to use in the cutest back to school party!

About Leah Leatherby

Hi! My name is Leah Leatherby. I graduated from UC Davis with a BS in Textiles Marketing and Science. Since then, I have had four little ones – three boys and a girl. My life now consists of planning parties, baking cookies, and watching my kids. My husband has 75 first cousins alone, so we pretty much have an event every weekend! It keeps us busy, and lets me get my creative juices flowing.