How to Stencil a Vintage Floral Table Cloth
A trailing garland of flowers and foliage adds country nostalgia to a charming bedside table. Learn how to create these delightful floral designs with this lovely stencil.
Skill level: Advanced Beginner
Time needed: Two to three hours
Stencil Design: Download Vintage Floral Table Cloth Stencil Design as a PDF.
Step One: Because your table may be a different size than the table shown here, follow these directions for adapting the stencil design to your needs. First, make a paper template of the tabletop. Fold the template in half, then in half again to create quarters. Then fold it in half once again. Unfold. You will have 8 equal pie-shape sections. Set aside until Step Three.
Step Two: Measure and mark the center of the stencil. Draw a pencil mark at this point to divide the design in half.
Step Three: To get an idea of how the design will translate onto your tabletop, practice on the paper template instead of proceeding directly to the fabric. Position the stencil on the edge of the paper template, aligning the pencil line with a fold line on the template. Tape the stencil in place, with the flower toward the center of the template.
Step Four: When planning the spacing, first trace the entire stencil on every other fold line. After seeing how much space there is between each stencil design, you can determine which part or parts of the design you wish to use to fill the space attractively. Here, the stencil has been turned upside down, with only the ferns at the bottom traced onto the remaining fold lines.
Step Five: Now fold the tablecloth as you did the template. This time, use an iron to lightly press each fold to create the eight equal sections. Or, lightly mark each fold line with a disappearing marking pen or a chalk pencil.
Step Six: Center the paper template on the fabric, and tape it in place. Outline the edge of the circle with either a chalk pencil or straight pins. Remove the tape and the template.
Step Seven: Mist a piece of cardboard with re-positionable stencil adhesive. Lay the fabric on the cardboard, and smooth it onto the sticky surface to keep it from slipping while you stencil.
Step Eight: Before you begin stenciling, mix each of the paint colors with a fabric medium according to the manufacturer's directions.
Step Nine: Center the stencil at the edge of the circle on one of the fold lines, and tape in place. Stencil the leaves and stems Green Sea and the flowers Sachet Pink. Shade the green areas with Hauser Dark Green; use Berry Red for shading the pink areas.
Step Ten: Place the stencil upside-down in the center of the next fold. Tape in place. Use index cards or tape to mask off everything but the ferns at the bottom of the stencil. Stencil the leaves and stems Green Sea, and shade with Hauser Dark Green.
Step Eleven: Repeat steps nine and ten until all eight fold lines have been stenciled.
Step Twelve: Allow the paint to dry thoroughly, then remove the cardboard from the back of the fabric. When the paint is completely dry, place a soft, clean cloth over the design and run an iron over the cloth to heat-set the paint.
While soft greens and pinks bespeak romance, a change of colors is all that's required to alter the feel of this design. Try country blue and dusty rose to invoke a warm, peaceful aura. Experiment by rearranging the stylish elements of this stencil to add a coordinated touch throughout the room. Frame your headboard, trim a picture frame, place a ring of flowers around the ceiling fixture: Your choices are endless, and the look is ageless. Start exploring with these stencil variations:
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