Easy Homemade Tablecloth/ Photo Backdrop

I’m just going to say #sorrynotsorry right now for all of the Valentine’s Day posts that will be coming your way in the next week or so. I’m not necessarily that girl who goes all- out for Vday, but I love any excuse to try a new recipe or DIY and with all the hearts and cute things that come with February 14th I can’t resist the chance to try out some things I’ve had on my to- do list. Whether you’re looking for ideas for date night or a Valentine’s Day party, I’ve got some good stuff coming your way!

And before you think ‘girl I don’t have time for that’ I’ve got you covered: this project only takes 15 minutes to make and can double as either a tablecloth or photo backdrop. With 2 kids running around a lot of my projects usually end up with that ‘nailed it‘ moment at the end (you know that feeling when you try an idea on Pinterest thinking it’ll be easy and it fails miserably with you laughing the whole way ;)). But I promise this DIY is super quick and easy (the drying time is the longest part of the process), so even if you leave it to the last minute, you can whip this up the night before and still have it ready in time (just make sure you pick a design that’s simple enough to paint on fabric). If you’re looking for the perfect finishing touch for a party table or a cute photo backdrop, it doesn’t get much easier than this.

oxox KP


White fabric (cotton or another natural fibre is best)

Black fabric dye

Sponge brush

Large plastic garbage bag


1. Lay down the plastic garbage bag underneath the fabric. Mix up the fabric dye according to the instructions (we only used half a box) making sure you mix it well. It’s better to add a little water at a time so it doesn’t get too diluted.

2. Using the sponge brush, paint on the fabric the design you like- I went for Xs and Os for Valentine’s Day but the options are limitless. Repeat the pattern as desired.

3. Allow to air dry before using. If you need to wash the table cloth, follow the instructions on the fabric dye box. Add all of your party treats & have fun!


Photos: Ava to Zoe

Marshmallows (pops, on straws, mini heart s’mores & hearts)- Marsh & Mallow

Heart pizza- Rocky Mountain Flatbread

Love envelope cookies- Que- T Sweet Treats

Sparkling rose wine- Haywire Winery

Paper flowers- Blooms and Paper

Cupcake toppers (used in marshmallows)- Paper + Parties 

For more Valentine’s ideas from the styled shoot visit this post on my friend Janette’s blog:

Cheers to Good Friends! A Valentine’s Day Part Tutorial (+ Free printable)

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  • Reply Shari

    Super cute (and easy) DIY! The whole setup is lovely! I love anything hearts so I go nuts for the Valentine’s Day decor even though I’m not really big on the holiday 🙂

    February 3, 2017 at 3:05 pm
  • Reply Jenny

    This sounds so doable! Thank you so much for the idea!

    February 4, 2017 at 5:15 pm
    • Reply katpetrunia

      I’m all about easy DIYs! 😉

      February 6, 2017 at 6:35 am
  • Reply Tamara Goyette

    a perfectly simple statement table cloth for Valentine’s day… I love it

    February 4, 2017 at 11:16 pm
    • Reply katpetrunia

      Thanks Tamara!

      February 6, 2017 at 6:36 am
  • Reply Danielle

    How fun and easy!! I never would have tried painting with a fabric dye before. now I may need to try.

    February 5, 2017 at 5:46 am
    • Reply katpetrunia

      If you try it let me know how it turns out!

      February 6, 2017 at 6:35 am

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