DIY : A Festive Table Runner with Decofoil

So it is here - the most festive season of all. Until two years ago Christmas wasn't really a thing in this house but now, for my little daughter and family it is "THE THING" . It is so much a thing now, we have elaborate plans to make the most of it, from ornaments to gifts, cookies to feasts, advent to movies.

Festive Table Runner with DecoFoil

I am kicking off the Holiday DIY series today with a very sweet and festive addition we made to our decor adventures. It came to me as plain jane $3 burlap table runner from Target dollar spot , except it now sparkles and shines- thanks to Decofoil  products.

A fabric Table Runner
Decofoil Metallic Transfer Paper
Decofoil Liquid foil Adhesive

Festive Table Runner with DecoFoil

It is a sweet and simple DIY even kids would enjoy. I used a table runner - but this can easily be a pillow cover, place-mats or hand towels. You start with prepping the fabric- I didn't wash it, just did a quick iron. Next is to find an amazing stencil or if you are artistic with your hands (so very unlike me) hand draw a design on your fabric.

Festive Table Runner with DecoFoil

Once you have design in place it is time to cover it with liquid foil adhesive. You have to make sure you get good coverage with the adhesive, it doesn't have to be thick but not barely there kind either. If need be use a paint brush to spread the adhesive equally.

Now it is the hard part- the wait. It takes around 1 to 2 hours to dry according to package directions. I waited just a little more than an hour - impatience is a hard bitch to kill. But I was fine -

Once it adhesive is fairly dry, it is time to apply the transfer foil. I chose to use transfer foils in green and gold - traditional green,red and gold sings Merry Christmas like no other colors for me. Cut the foil a little larger than the design and apply on the adhesive.

Make sure tp apply it with color side facing  up and apply medium pressure with your fingers and slowly rub in the design on the fabric. I kept on for about a minute on each one hoping to get the foil covered as much as possible. Peel off the foil paper slowly to reveal the design.

As I progressed I knew if you have enough adhesive, you will get good coverage with very little time and effort. If you are not satisfied with the coverage, apply the glue again and repeat the process. It is that simple.

Just to add a tad bit of glamour I whipped up some pom poms and stitched to the both ends of the runner. It is difficult to keep my little ones hands off it - but it totally adds cheer.

An easy DIY to get your home ready for the festive season right? What I love more is that with a change in color and design, it could easily fit any season or occasion. I hope you love it.

Now tell me how you like it? In what other ways you would use these transfer paper? I would love to hear your ideas.

If you are my regular reader, you also know that I am Guidecentral Maker for past few months. I publish guides with Guidecentral and work on campaigns initiated by Guidecentral. They partnered me up with Thermoweb- Decofoil  to come up with guides using their products. While Decofoil team kindly sent me the products to try out, the concept, effort and opinions are my own. Thank you for supporting the brands that help me bring my ideas to life.


  1. This table cloth is so cute and I love the pom poms!

  2. Thank you Reshma. I wanted to add the pom pom DIY too to this post, but then thought it will make the post too long. I love them too - my daughter more than me.

  3. I've never used Decofoil before, but it looks easy enough! I'll have to remember it for future projects, because I love how your runner turned out! Thank you for sharing it with us at the Your Home Decor & More Link Party #2!

    1. Thank you so much Iris. I have found decofoil to be the simplest and non messy methoud of foiling - except -liquid foiling. The have liquid adhesive ,glue dots iron on even foam square adhesive technique. I like the no mess-no fuss way of it you know!