(Closed) Alternatives to traditional linens

posted 6 years ago in Decor
  • poll: Table Solution...which one do you like best
    Spend a little extra and hope we can get linen-like here in time. : (0 votes)
    Find the paper in the right size and let guests decorate throughout the night. : (6 votes)
    55 %
    Find a way to dress up the plastic with a DIY project. : (5 votes)
    45 %
  • Post # 3
    257 posts
    Helper bee

    This bride did butcher paper with a spray-painted  lace pattern over it



    Here’s someone who used brown craft paper:


    This next one is…ready for it a Plastic Table Cloth (Link) http://craftberrybush.blogspot.com/2012/02/shabby-chic-princess-tea-party.html


    Here’s a quote from the lady’s blog:

    We wanted everything to feel feminine and soft and of course be budget friendly.  Buying this much fabric for such large table cloth would have cost a lot of money, so instead, I asked my mom to sew a seam on several plastic table cloths, which we then threaded rope through and gathered around the table.  This gave the plastic table cloth the illusion of gathered fabric.

    The ruffles are made of crepe streamers


    Good Luck!


    Post # 4
    257 posts
    Helper bee

    Here’s a plastic tablecloth table runner! it loks very chic :

    ruffled table runner

    from the website:

    o make the runner, buy 2 plastic table covers and cut a 20″ and 15″ strip from each one. Lay the 15″ on top of the 20″ and sew a gathering stitch (strait stitch on longest length) strait down the middle. Repeat for other strips. Gently pull the top thread only to gather all the way down both runners and tie threads. Use the gathering threads to tie the two runners together.

    A sweet idea for an outdoor party or shower this season.


    Some plastic tablecloths used for dramatic draping.

    Again, Draped Plastic tablecloths. Very Cute!

    Instructions (From Pinterest)

    urchase tablecover roll of plastic:2. Fold over top edge just enough so bottom edge skims floor:3. Gather folded edges and tape to table edge:Easy and inexpensive:Hang tablecloth cover to create draping:1. Use small Command hooks at corners:2. Gather plastic tablecloth and wrap with twist tie:3. Hook twist tie loop onto Command hook:4. Add tulle to completely cover the Command hook

    Post # 5
    2605 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    I did brown craft paper. Totally cute, easy, and fun (in fact, mine looked a lot like the image with the “Brent Hodges” place-setting–right down to the red-striped dishtowel we used as a napkin!). We were using long banquet tables, so I bought a big roll off Amazon for pretty cheap, but with rounds, you can do an overlapping criss-cross and either leave the ends raw or (probably a better bet) tape them underneath the table. 

    You might also think about buying a bolt of fabric (IKEA sells fabric for cheap) or even a bunch of on-sale el-cheapo flat sheets that can be cut to work with a round. IF you are bothered by the edging, you can either sew or buy some iron-hemming strips (although NO ONE is going to notice the hems of your tablecloths!)

    If you use plastic–which I think is fine, btw–I think layering will go a long way. You can  do something like make individual placemats to put on top out of newspaper (since you ahve a newspaper theme going), scatter flower petals, etc. etc. If you’re up to the task, you can also trot out a glue-gun and some fabric ribbon and create your own border for the hemline. 

    Post # 9
    1 posts

    arabesque0128: Hi! I would really love to see a few more pcitures of you aqua tulle tables at your wedding as i am having a hard time finding my color in linen as well. Please add some more or I would happy to give you my email to send me some! i would REALLY appreaciate it!




    Post # 11
    29 posts
    • Wedding: December 2011

    Where did you get the round tableclothes from? I love this idea!

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