Easy DIY Thanksgiving décor for your apartment

November 21st 2013

By Ashli Reitz, Graphic Design Director

This chalkboard table runner is a great addition to your Thanksgiving decor.

Here’s an easy way to set the mood at your Thanksgiving table: Make a chalkboard table runner and ask your guests to write down what they are thankful for!

Don’t worry: This project won’t add to your holiday stress. It takes only 20 minutes and costs less than $20.


Materials

You can get these supplies at any craft store or online.


Materials displayed for the DIY table runner.

Step 1
Roll out your kraft paper so it hangs slightly over both ends of your table, then trim. 

Step 2
Prepare the chalkboard contact paper by cutting the ends. Get creative with this part! You can use the grid on the back of the paper to help with measuring.

 

 

Step 3
After you have cut the contact paper to your desired shape, gently peel away the backing and position the contact paper in place on the kraft paper. 

Slowly pull the backing off of the contact paper while smoothing the chalkboard paper down. If you need help, check out the directions on the back of the roll. Take a moment to smooth out any bubbles.


 
This chalkboard table runner is a great addition to your Thanksgiving decor.

Step 4
Once you are happy with how the runner looks, use the liquid chalk marker to write “Give thanks” at each end. I wanted my message to look extra special – so I found a font I liked, printed it out to size for reference and copied it (after a little practice first).

This chalkboard table runner is a great addition to your Thanksgiving decor.

Step 5
Place a piece of chalk at each place setting and have your guests write away.

Cheers, and Happy Thanksgiving!

This chalkboard table runner is a great addition to your Thanksgiving decor.