30-Second DIY Shibori Table Runner

Shibori is nothing like those tie-dye shirts you made in elementary school.  With its indigo hues and delicate watery patterns, it’s no wonder designers everywhere are embracing it!  In an age when hand-crafted objects are practically worshipped, the ability to see the hand of the artist in shibori is a welcome respite from the mass-produced products in our home.

This Japanese resist-dying technique is easy to do (or so I hear), but of course, this DIYer is lazy and it’s 40 degrees outside.  When I set out to design my Thanksgiving table, messing around with dye while I freeze my bum off did not sound too appealing to me.

So I came up with another solution.  It’s QUICK. It’s EASY. It’s FABULOUS.  And okay, technically it isn’t shibori at all.  But it looks like shibori, which is all I wanted.

As promised, here is the secret to the DIY shibori table runner in my Thanksgiving tablescape!

diy shibori table runner


  • 2-3 sheets of Teal Blotto paper from Paper Source (depending on the length of your dining table)
  • Tape
diy shibori table runner

via Paper Source

I’m pretty sure you can guess at the instructions.  Tape those babies end-to-end and place them down the center of your table.  I used some extra tape to make them lay flat against the surface, and overlapped the paper in a way that maintained the pattern.

There you have it! No dye, no mess, no fuss.  And a pretty runner to boot.

For a full explanation of shibori and the different techniques, click here.

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Comments (8 )
  • Mary @ At Home on the Bay
    | 26 November 2014

    Ha … you got me. It looks like real fabric. What a great idea!

    • annabode
      | 30 November 2014

      Thanks Mary! I’m definitely going to repeat it, as there are so many different beautiful papers out there!

  • Kim
    | 29 November 2014

    This looks lovely – love the oranges, too! Such a great festive tablescape.

    • annabode
      | 30 November 2014

      Thanks so much Kim!

  • Kyla @HouseOfHipsters
    | 2 December 2014

    OK, this is awesome and looks amazing! Pinning immediately! Thank you for linking up at the Found and Foraged linky party! We hope to see you again! AND just a heads up, we are partying one day early (Friday 8PM CT) because because InLinkz is doing maintenance right when our party normally goes live. So for one week only, the day is changing.

    • annabode
      | 2 December 2014

      Thanks so much Kyla! Okay, thanks for letting me know. I hope to have another DIY post up this week, so I’ll be sure to link up!

  • Tanya
    | 7 December 2014

    Oh I love this SO much!! Here from House of Hipsters and now following, love your projects!!

    xo, Tanya

    • annabode
      | 10 December 2014

      Thanks Tanya! 🙂

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