One thing I love about the holidays is that they're an excuse to deck out our dining table in what my husband would otherwise deem "random crap." Candles, gilded gourds, pine cones, you name it—if it's November, it's on my table runner. I inherited this penchant for tablescapes from my crafty mother who devotes her entire bar to a complete miniature village of Bedford Falls from "It's A Wonderful Life" each Christmas.
What I didn't inherit is her ability to sew. I've tried. I've failed. Luckily, there is plenty of no-sew table runner inspiration out there. They're so simple, affordable, and romantic that I don't think my honey will mind losing a little elbow room to one of these beauties this year.
01. Paper // Using gilded chevron paper à la Anthropologie is an easy way to dress a table for a dinner party. If you're not into chevron, wrapping paper is a cheap alternative to sampling different styles. If you prefer a neutral palette, kraft paper cut into a banner shape lends a charming vintage vibe. Or create a breathtaking table runner out of vintage book pages, brown paper, and tape.
02. Burlap // Probably the most rustic of the bunch, burlap is also the easiest and most affordable runner option since it's made to look a little rough around the edges. Inspired by Charm shows us how to make a Kate Spade-esque version using burlap with gold polka dots. Trés cute!
03. Cork // Hexagons are all the rage right now, so why not use your table to show off this mod shape? Upstyler uses a backing sheet to create a single piece out of 17 cork hexagons. Another bonus: Since cork is heat-resistant, it could also double as trivets for hot serving dishes when made to be pulled apart.
04. Fabric // If you still prefer to go the traditional fabric route, but didn't inherit sewing skills either, The Effortless Chic's guide to a no-sew table runner using fabric adhesive and an iron is a godsend.
05. Felt // Because felt doesn't unravel, it's the perfect material to create a cut-and-glued runner. Sadly, this felt table runner by Rockett St. George is no longer available. But with a little craft savvy on your part, it can still be yours. Simply cut felt to desired length, stencil and snip flowers in varying sizes, arrange, and hot glue in place. It's a sophisticated way to get your banquet in on the stylish autumn grays trend.
06. Greenery // Historically symbols of peace, olive branches are an appropriate and gorgeous option for a surprisingly simple table centerpiece during the holidays. Ashley, the lovely lady behind lifestyle and travel blog Hither and Thither, shows us the ropes (er, wires) on prepping greenery for display. No olive branches? No problem. Fallen evergreens are plentiful this time of year and are sure to last on this season's table.
07. Ribbons & Lace // Glittering ribbons cut into equal lengths are chic against a white table cloth. Or layer sheer fabric on a tablecloth and gather with lace ribbon for a romantic runner fit for an Austen novel.
08. Drop cloth // Inspired to host a Kinfolk-y gathering at home? Canvas drop cloths have all the edge of burlap but with a softer appeal. Follow Rebecca's easy four-step tutorial at A Daily Something.