Use personalized Shutterfly printed items along with my DIY burlap runner tutorial to have the best plaid themed cookie exchange ever!
Are you obsessed with plaid this season? I am! I recently did a post on Mod Podge Rocks where I shared my buffalo plaid themed cookie exchange, where I used handmade items and goodies purchased from Shutterfly; and I also shared my tutorial for photo transfer medium favor bags.
In this post I’m going to share the DIY burlap runner I created, that you can do with nearly ANY ribbon and hot glue! Here’s a little more about my cookie exchange.
Party invitations are one of the most important things to develop first impressions of your shindig. It was really hard to pick invitations from Shutterfly – but hard is is when you like to have a lot of choices (and I do).
They have so many beautiful options, AND you can add images and even select the edge treatment of your cards. You’ll definitely find something you like!
My favorite part of their site is that I can search by color, and I knew I wanted red – which is what lead me to these Fun Snowflakes 5 x 7 invitations. And get this – they have plaid envelope liners. Perfect for a themed party just like mine!
Now, to customize my party with the buffalo plaid theme, it required purchasing a few items to create “ambiance.” So what I did is designed this graphic that I’m making available to you for download as well.
You’ll be able to upload this graphic to the Shutterfly website and use it to personalize items for your party just as I did.
I started with a canvas.
I wanted a canvas that could be used at my cookie party, but also around my home for the entire winter season. The Weathered Wood Frame Canvas Print is perfect for that! It’s got gallery wrapped edges that I LOVE because you can hang it/display it without a frame. The weathered wood treatment with the plaid is just my style.
These next two items could be my favorite from the whole party!! I mean all of it excited me, but I had NO idea that Shutterfly had candles. And obviously they can be personalized, so that’s just what I did. You can use any image you like, not just my graphic, and there are five scents to choose from There will definitely be a pug candle purchased next . . .
And maybe some pug stickers. I had this (brilliant?) idea to purchase 1.75 x 1.75″ stickers and add them to some 2″ wood blocks I already had on hand. Quick and easy decorating with not a lot of effort – I love it!
I got a little creative with the blocks, but there are two handmade items in my cookie party that I have to share. I made the mini favor bags using photo transfer medium (tutorial Mod Podge Rocks) and then I made a DIY burlap runner that you can see here:
I’ve always wanted to make my own table runner from ribbon, but I had a challenge that none of the tutorials online tell you. If you use hot glue and/or craft glue on most ribbon, unless it’s pretty thick, you’re going to be able to see the glue seep through (it will show up as a dark spot).
I figured out a way to make my table runner so that you can use just about ANY ribbon and, because of the double layers and the way it’s constructed, the glue doesn’t seep through!
DIY Burlap Runner
Read on to learn how I made it. You’re going to gather these supplies:
- Jumbo Faux Burlap Wired Ribbon By Celebrate It™ Christmas, 1.5″ – two rolls (purchased at Michaels)
- Hot glue gun and glue sticks
- Painter’s tape
- Silicone mat
You’ll need to read carefully to follow what I’m saying, not because it’s hard but because it’s a little hard to explain!
First you’ll need to determine the dimensions of your runner and cut all of the pieces to make it. For our finished runner size of 13.5″ x 60″, we cut:
- 9 pieces of ribbon 64″ long – they need to be 2″ + 2″ longer than you want your runner to be long
- 40 pieces of ribbon 17.5″ long – they need to be 2″ + 2″ longer than you want your runner to be wide
Because the ribbon is 1.5″ wide, the width of the runner is going to have to be some multiplier of 1.5″ . . . so 12″, 13.5″, 15″, or something like that.
We used wire ribbon, which helps when you are bending over the edges to glue, which you’ll have to do. But technically . . . you could use any type of ribbon as long as it’s not the really thin organza kind. You can’t help but see the glue through thin ribbon!
A wood or tile floor is going to be your best friend for this project. You need a surface to lay everything out so that you can see it, and you have a place to weave. You’ll be taping painter’s tape on this surface, so don’t worry, because painter’s tape comes up and doesn’t do damage.
Cut your 40 strips like I did above, each one of them 17.5″ in length, and lay them next to each other like you see in the image – and tape them down. You’re going to weave through these shorter pieces with the longer strips.
Now cut your longer pieces . . . and lay the first long piece 2″ down from the top of your other pieces, as shown. You aren’t going to weave this piece.
You’re going to weave the second piece but you will SKIP the first piece when you do it, as shown.
Keep adding and weaving your longer pieces until you get to the last one . . . you won’t weave that one either. So the outer pieces will not be woven while the inner seven pieces will be. Make sense?
I know we skipped some weaves . . . but THAT is how you have a double layer and don’t see the glue. Each layer that is glued has two layers above it. Strange, but it works!
Now that you are finished weaving, you’re going to hot glue down the longest edge of the runner first. Each ribbon will be glued in the location shown above . . . down one side and up the other.
Glue and fold over!
Now you’re going to tackle the ends. We trimmed them a bit just to keep them neat, if you like.
Add hot glue . . .
Continue on gluing and folding, then repeat on the other end.
Let cool and flip over. You are done!!
I’m THRILLED with this table runner, because I can use it all year ’round. In fact, I’m thrilled about everything at my cookie exchange party including the invitations, decor, and favors. Everything turned out perfectly, thanks to Shutterfly!
Disclosure: Thanks to Shutterfly for providing me compensation to review their amazing products. All opinions are 100% mine. My promise to you is that I only recommend things I would use myself!