Well, as I begin to wind down my posts on the epic unicorn themed first birthday party I threw for my daughter last month, I have just a few more DIY crafts that I want to share. You never know when they will come in handy for your party planning! A list of other unicorn theme party ideas is included at the bottom of your post for your convenience.
Today’s tutorial covers how to make an easy no sew rainbow ruffled table skirt. Now, you could always change the colors up and do a monochromatic ruffled table skirt, or ombre would be super pretty too! I did rainbow because our party theme was rainbows and unicorns. Switch it up however you need to incorporate it into your theme.
Materials for No Sew Rainbow Ruffled Table Skirt
One of the really nice things about this project is you do not need a ton of materials. You will need a plastic table skirt and plastic table clothes in the colors of your choice. You only need one table cloth for each color. We will cut them into strips for ruffling.
I recommend that you use at least 4 different colors, otherwise your ruffles will be super big on your table skirt. If you are doing a monochromatic ruffled table skirt than you will want to purchase a few of the same table cloth. You will also need masking tape and scissors. That’s it!
I bought my table skirt on Amazon and all the plastic table clothes at the dollar store. I used a total of six colors: pink, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.
No Sew Rainbow Ruffled Table Skirt Directions
Start by opening up all of your table cloths. You do not want to unfold them width wise, only lengthwise. Take your scissors and cut through all the layers of the table cloth on both sides. This will result in strips of table cloth that are ready to be ruffled.
Once all of your table cloth strips are cut it’s time to get your ruffle on!
Start by laying out your table skirt on the floor. We are going to work from the bottom up.
Using the masking tape, tape the table cloth strip you previously cut to the table skirt. You should start about 4 inches above the bottom of the table skirt. Try to keep the ruffle you are taping consistently 4 inches above the bottom of the table skirt the entire way across as you go.
As you are taping the table cloth strip you want to make sure you are folding the strip a little bit in clusters. Basically you are making pleats. So you take a small section, about 6 inches of the table cloth strip, and crumple/fold/ruffle it so that it is now about 3 inches. Tape this section to the table skirt. Keep repeating this over and over until you make it all the way across the table skirt.
As you go across the table skirt you will need multiple strips to make one entire row. Just pick up the new strip and continue to ruffle as detailed above in the same manner. Make sure you start where the last strip ended. No one will notice the seams. That is the beauty of the ruffles. It all blends in together.
Now we are ready for the second row! Determining the height placement for the next row of ruffles will be dependent on how many total ruffle layers you are using. The key is to make sure that some of the previous layer is still visible. Since I was using lots of colors I only had about 3 inches of the previous layer peeking out. If I were doing a monochromatic ruffled table skirt, say all white, I would probably only do three or four rows, and would space the ruffles out further.
To space the ruffles out further you move higher up on the table skirt base.
Keep in mind, this is not a hard project, but it is tedious. I was able to do this entire table skirt in one evening. Mind you, my back ached something fierce the next morning. Oh and you must, and I am totally serious about this…YOU MUST have a good movie to watch!
This table skirt was sized to fit all the way around a 6 foot folding table. So it was pretty enormous. And since I used so many ruffle colors it took some time. All and all, it took me 3 hours of ruffling. However I am absolutely delighted with how this skirt turned out! It was well worth my effort.
A few things I learned along the way that you should know about this method for making a no sew rainbow ruffled table skirt.
The top is unfinished. I always make sure I use a table cloth when I have a table skirt. The table cloth will easily hide the ugly masking tape edge. If you were not going to use a table cloth, you could hot glue a coordinating ribbon to cover up the masking tape to finish off the top of the table skirt.
The particular table skirt I used as a base, had adhesive around the top to stick it to the table. I used the built in adhesive, but I also taped the entire table skirt to the table using masking tape. I taped the masking tape at the top of the skirt to the table directly. This skirt is a little bit heavy with all those beauteous ruffled layers, so I wanted to make sure nothing was going to slip and fall. Also, when the included adhesive is no longer sticky the masking tape works just fine on its own!
I also recommend using a white table skirt for the base of your no sew rainbow ruffled table skirt. This will make sure your colors remain pure and crisp and are not muddied by the backdrop. Now, the one time I would steer away from using white, would be if you were making a black ruffled table cloth. Then I would recommend a black table skirt base.
This table skirt is reusable. Just peel the masking tape off gently from the table and fold it over the top of the table skirt. This will give a sturdier masking tape area to adhere your table skirt to its next table!
Styling the No Sew Rainbow Ruffled Table Skirt
For my party I wanted the table top to look as though it was a puffy, soft cloud. I used a white felt Christmas tree skirt I found at the dollar store after the holidays to be the initial table cover. Then, I used fiber fill and put tufts of it around all my dessert trays and platters to give it that beautiful cloud look! Oh I am so in love!
The one thing I forgot to do…take a picture that showed the whole tabletop and the ruffled skirt. DOH! 🙁 So much was going on during the party, I don’t know how I forgot to take a picture of that…but I sure did. Then, one of my wonderful friends helped clean up. and this girl is never turning down cleaning help! That’s for sure! So I wasn’t able to take a picture after the party either.
The table skirt was beautiful in all its ruffled glory. I guarantee it. I did get a few pictures showing the table top with the top ruffle of the skirt.
After the party, to make it up to you guys, I took the table skirt and attached it to our kitchen table so I could get a picture to give the overall feel of how the ruffling and layers turned out.
Making a ruffled table skirt really isn’t hard at all. It takes a little bit of time, a lot of masking tape, and some plastic table cloths. I love projects that provide a huge impact and can be made relatively quickly and easy. Those are the best and this is definitely one in that category. A rainbow ruffled table skirt is sure to stand out in your party decor! I can’t wait to see how yours turns out or would love to hear any advice or tips you have if you have made one of these types of table skirts before. And keep those questions coming too!
Some other coordinating ideas for a unicorn party that may interest you include Unicorn Cupcakes, DIY Unicorn Cake , Unicorn Horn Headbands, and an Easy Cake Smash Backdrop. Also, make sure to check out the party planning archive for even MORE, yes there are more, tutorials on additional unicorn party ideas!
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