Small Measures: Apple Stamp Table Runner

We’re huge fans of all things apple at Chez English. From cider and doughnuts to ice cream, if apples are involved, we’re on board. And while we certainly didn’t plan it, we discovered after he was born that our son’s birthday, October 21st, is National Apple Day in the UK. Clearly, the fruit is our unofficial family mascot.

It stands to reason, then, that a little apple decor would eventually work its way into our home. Today I’m sharing instructions for whipping up an apple stamped table runner. It’s exceptionally simple to execute and would make a great addition to your seasonal table, perhaps with a bowl of gathered acorns and pine cones and a pair of dark-colored candles to round out the look. From my home to yours, how ’bout them apples?! — Ashley English

The full how-to continues after the jump!

There’s precious little prep work needed to get this runner made and on your table. A trip to the fabric store to source some heavy cloth, such as canvas or burlap, a bit of paint from the craft store and an apple from a nearby orchard or grocer are all you’ll need to trick out your digs, apple-style.

The Goods

  • large apple, stem intact and seeds removed
  • several yards of burlap or canvas*
  • pinking shears
  • fabric paint, assorted colors
  • paper towel
  • knife
  • foam paintbrush
  • disposable (or biodegradable) surface for mixing paint on (I used a bamboo plate.)
  • newspaper or cardboard, to place under the fabric while stamping


*The amount of fabric you’ll need will depend on the length of your table.

The Deal

1. Cut your chosen fabric to whatever length you prefer.

2. Next, using pinking shears, cut the fabric to a width of your choosing. My runner was about 15 inches wide. You can also use straight-edged scissors here; you simply won’t have a decorative edge in the final runner.

3. Using a sharp knife, cut the apple in half top to bottom, keeping the stem intact.

4. If you have a particularly juicy apple, use a paper towel to blot away the juice.

5. Place a bit of paint onto your mixing surface. If you’d like to create a custom color, go ahead and mix it now.

6. Use the foam paintbrush to apply a generous amount of paint onto one apple half. Avoid getting too much paint into the core area, as it will clump once applied to the fabric. Remember to paint the stem, too.

7. Place either newspaper or cardboard beneath the area you’ll be stamping.

8. Press the apple half firmly onto the fabric. Gently remove it.

9. Continue reapplying paint to the apple and stamp it onto the runner in whatever decorative pattern you choose.

10. Allow the paint to dry before placing objects on the runner.

What about you? Have any simple, go-to apple decorating tips you care to share? I’d love to hear them. Otherwise, I’m off to munch on an apple with peanut butter and cheddar cheese (my favorite autumn snack), sip a hard cider and revel in apple-centric bliss.

Photos and styling by Jen Altman

  1. YES! I am so doing this with my daughter this weekend.

  2. Christine says:

    Absolutely love this design and the luscious plate of food, as well (which arrived just in time to inspire my lunch).

  3. vickie says:

    I’m going to try this when I move into my new apartment, this would also make a great wall hanging…

  4. yana says:

    what a great idea! i was about to buy a tablecloth, i’ll do this instead.

  5. Margie says:

    What a wonderful idea!

  6. Diana says:

    This is such a great idea for Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing!

  7. Amanda says:

    That looks so good!!! Yummy!!


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