DIY Picnic Blanket

June 29, 2014 | FILED UNDER: Paint, 4th of July, Summer


I love using painter’s drop cloths for table coverings – they are cheap, wash up great, and a blank canvas for all sorts of DIY touches. It turns out they also make perfect picnic blankets!

DIY Picnic Blanket

You can whip up this star-spangled picnic blanket easily in under an hour with just a few supplies. The Martha Stewart multi-surface paints will wash up again and again and still look great. Have fun trying out other stencils and color palettes using the same approach!

Supplies for DIY Picnic Blanket

  • Painter’s drop cloth (I used a 5’x5′ foot square, but they come in a variety of sizes)
  • Star stencils (I found a template online, printed it out in different sizes onto card stock, and then cut out the middle to make a stencil)
  • Martha Stewart multi-purpose craft paint (I used Habenero, Blue Sky, and Deep Sea colors)
  • Martha Stewart foam pouncers or foam brushes
  • Masking tape
  • Scissors


DIY Picnic Blanket

How to Make Picnic Blanket

1. Tape down your stencil using a couple pieces of tape. Make sure the drop cloth is pulled flat underneath it. Squeeze some of your paint onto a paper plate.
DIY Picnic Blanket
2. After putting an even layer of paint on your pouncer, apply to the stencil with an up and down blotting motion. Hold the stencil down flat with your other hand to prevent any paint from seeping under.


DIY Picnic Blanket

3. Peel off the stencil to reveal your star! I repeated with the same stencil and same color of paint around the tablecloth and then moved on to a different stencil / color. Theses basic card stock stencils won’t last forever. If they start to warp, print out a new one.

DIY Picnic Blanket

Let dry and enjoy! Works great on a picnic table or the grass, either by itself or layered on top of another blanket. You can easily wash the drop cloth and hang dry after use. This one had red Koolaid spilled on it and it washed up great. 😉

DIY Picnic Blanket

Head back to the blog tomorrow to see how I used this blanket for a kids’ Fourth of July party. I’ll tell you how to make these star lanterns too!

This is post is sponsored by Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia as part of the #12MonthsofMartha program. All content and opinions are my own.


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