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I’m so excited to share my first tutorial in over a month!! It’s also the first of many planned DIY wedding tutorials, but it isn’t only useful for weddings. Today I’m sharing how to make super easy, inexpensive tablecloth weights. They’re so simple I’m really not sure why I haven’t seen more people making them for picnics, camping, or even backyard cookouts!
Materials for DIY tablecloth weights
- Narrow ribbon or baker’s twine
- Flat “gem” marbles (round marbles work, too, but flat are better!)
- Scraps of veiling, tulle, fabric, etc. that are at least 9″ or so wide
1. Cut your material into squares or rectangles. I made 9″ squares, but slightly larger would look fine, too.
2. Place a handful of marbles in the center of each square.
3. Draw the material up around the marbles. If there are so many marbles you can’t gather all the sides up, remove some. If you have lots of extra fabric, you can add a few marbles.
4. Tie a piece of ribbon securely around the gathered material, as shown. Decorate with a bow, charms, or anything else you’d like to add.
5. For a more uniform appearance, trim the material flat on top. If you’re using actual fabric, I suggest using pinking shears to cut down on fraying!
6. Use and enjoy!
I actually only made four of these weights, and I really wish I’d made more. Because our wedding was outdoors in Hawaii, I expected breezes. What I did not expect was that a tropical storm would be moving in that night (the rain held off until we were driving home!!) causing truly absurd winds. I thought four would be enough to anchor the dessert table’s tablecloth, but it ended up against a cement wall with one long edge of the tablecloth pinned against the wall and the other edge held down by these weights. See two of them along the edge?
What other solutions have you created to hold tablecloths down at outdoor functions?
Natasha is a former classroom teacher turned WAHM. She also is a registered yoga teacher and certified life coach. She shares her passion for education with craft tutorials and free printables. She also shares her experience moving through grief after losing a parent and passion for positive parenting. Learn more about Natasha and where she’s been featured.