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DIY Honeycomb Table Runner

Make a sweet table runner with this DIY honeycomb table runner with our step by step tutorial - perfect for any bee-themed party!

For a summer soiree or honeybee themed party, a honeycomb patterned table runner is the perfect addition to your guest tables. You’ll make your own large-scale stamps out of sponges, which creates a really interesting texture once printed.

The pattern is stamped in shades of yellow and mustard onto inexpensive drop cloth canvas. Here’s how to make one for your bee-themed party!

  • Canvas drop cloth
  • Fabric scissors
  • Hexagon templates (download)
  • Sharpie Sponges
  • Scissors
  • Acrylic or latex paint (shades of yellow/mustard)

Step 1: Purchase a canvas drop cloth from a hardware store. Wash and dry the canvas, and if necessary, iron.

Step 2: Decide how long you’d like your runners to be. My drop cloth was 9’ x 12’, and I decided to make my runners 9’ long. Then, measure and cut long strips to your determined width (mine were about 15” wide). You can keep the sewn borders in tact along the two ends, and leave the long cut edges raw.

Step 3: Print out some hexagon shape templates (download) and cut them out. Use a sharpie to trace a hexagon onto sponges and cut those out as well. You’ll need one honeycomb sponge per paint color you’re using.

Step 4: Purchase some small sample-sized paints in as many shades of yellow and mustard as you’d like to include. Feel free to make the runner all one color, or sprinkle in many different shades. I used one shade of yellow and one shade of a darker mustard.

Step 5: Spread out one canvas runner and lay out the paper hexagon shapes in a row across one end. The templates help you to eyeball the spacing across the row.

Step 6: Dip one sponge in some paint and stamp it in place. Stamp the other spaces in the row with different paint shades.

Step 7: When the first row is stamped, lay out the paper templates in the second row to determine the spacing before continuing to stamp. If you’re using multiple paint shades, keep them flowing in a random pattern. Continue this method until the entire runner is filled with the honeycomb pattern.

For more bee themed shower ideas, see DIY Honeybee Invites, Honeybee Bridal Shower Décor, Honeybee Bridal Shower Menu, Beeswax Candle Favor, and Honeybee Bridal Shower Games.


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