A Thankful tablecloth


During this time of year we seem to have thankful hearts! Why not turn our thankful attitude into a fun and functional reminder of all the things we have been blessed with, appreciate and want to celebrate this season! Creating a Thankful Tablecloth is an easy  way to get your entire family in on the fun.

Start by gathering your family and ask them to help you make a list of all the things they are thankful for! The more words the better! List loved ones names, special dates, personal luxuries, hobbies, vacation locations…the skies the limit!


Head on over to Lowe’s for your tablecloth supplies! YEP! Lowe’s! This darling project comes straight to you from Lowe’s! A drop cloth and some Sharpie markers and a steady and patient hand are all it takes to create this thankful look!

1. Drop cloths aren’t just for painting projects anymore! I have  a square table so finding table cloths that fit is already a difficult task for me! I love the natural color of these drop cloths and knew it would make a great starting point for this project! Lowe’s sells a 9′x6′ drop cloth for under $11. You will also need broad tip Sharpie Markers also sold at Lowe’s for under $3 for a two pack.

2. Cut your drop cloth to fit your tables need. In my case I made mine 6′x6′. Hem your cut edge.

3. You’ll want to iron out the creases in order to have a smooth writing surface.

4. Before laying out your drop cloth onto your table you will need to add butcher paper or newspaper to help avoid getting ink on your table.

Now comes the fun part! I started with my most important words! You’ll want to spread them out, have then face different ways and use different “fonts” when you write them! You’d think it would be hard to keep your printing straight but the thread grain make it super easy to keep your lines straight! You will adjust your printing size to fit sections of the drop cloth. Have words facing upside down and sideways! The more fonts and styles of writing the better!

And all of a sudden…4 hours later (Yes! This is a little time consuming but SOOO worth it!) you’ll have this awesome keep sake that will be a fun conversation piece and a lovely reminder of all the blessing you and your family have! And don’t freak out if you misspell a word or TWO in my case! I could have spit nails when I misspelled GRANDPARENTS and FOOTBALL! I know right! Trust me…do the writing with no distractions! Don’t be talking on the phone or helping your 2nd grader with homework! If it does happen just keep working! It will blend in and now you have a fun game to play at dinner…” Who can find the misspelled word!” Grab a prize or two for the winner!

Lastly I added this beautiful Quatrefoil Mirror also from Lowe’s for a centerpiece. I love the way it adds weight and reflection to this look!


My girls loved finding their names and all the words that they suggested! Certain things that tug at my own heart strings are my wedding date, special friends, vacations and inside jokes! It really was a fun way to realize how blessed I truly am! I hope you and your family can create a table cloth as meaningful as this is is to us!


Thanks Lowe’s for being a hot spot for inspiration! After reading the latest issue of Lowe’s Creative Idea’s magazine I was totally inspired to get my Holiday craft on! Have you guys signed up for the FREE Lowe’s Creative Ideas Magazine yet? This free publication is beyond amazing! I have never seen such creative ways to put unsuspecting items to create beautiful holiday decor! You can get a peek at what I’m talking about here online but be sure to sign up for the free Creative Ideas Magazine so you can get inspired as well!



  1. 1

    This is genius! I love it-although my handwriting is no where as nice as yours.

    • 2

      I wish you could see my real life “Chicken scratch!” It’s amazing what one can do when they really concentrate! Maybe that’s why it took me so long!

  2. 3
    nilgün komar says:


  3. 4

    Aw what a lovely idea, and a great conversation maker!

  4. 5

    Oh I absolutely love it! It would be a great family activity to sit down and think of all the words. A great lesson on gratitude. Thanks for sharing! I shared this on my Facebook page. I hope you don’t mind. :)

  5. 7

    This is the best Thanksgiving idea I’ve seen! I Pinned this…so meaningful, yet easy peasy! Also love using the quatrefoil mirror as part of the centerpiece. Thanks so much for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving.

  6. 8

    What a cute idea! This would such a great family activity too. Everyone can brainstorm the words together!

  7. 10

    I love this!!! What a great idea!

  8. 11

    Two years ago we bought a 54″ square dining room table and I loved it… until I tried to find a tablecloth! Ugh. But this is perfect! I’m going to go get a ton of drop cloths and start making tablecloths!!

    • 12

      You know what else also works!!! Shower curtains! I have picked up a few clearance shower curtains and they work great too! But honestly…why on earth do they not sell square tablecloths!?! So frustrating!

  9. 13

    I LOVE THIS! Very cool. :)

  10. 14

    OMG! I love it. Such a fun idea. Now… I will hire you to make me one. Do you work for hugs and dinner?

  11. 16

    I love this Becca! And I love that you misspelled some words! Ha ha ha, I totally would have done that.

    Love your guts

  12. 18

    Very cute becca!

  13. 19

    Love this! Can you wash this in the washer? I was thinking this would be a great family activity, but maybe have us each do our own placemat instead of a table cloth. My 5 year old will LOVE doing this! Thank you for sharing!

  14. 21

    What a fabulous idea! I see (another) trip to Lowe’s in my adventures today!

  15. 22
    fawn strunk says:


  16. 23

    That is so darling, I give you mad props for this- your hand writing and different fonts look like iron on prints they are so perfect. I could never make mine look that good. WELL DONE. LOVE IT! winks, jen

  17. 24

    OMG OMG OMG I LOOOOOVE this so much!!!! Definitely going to make one for our table!!! thank you!

  18. 25

    Such a wonderful idea! And it turned out beautifully. I’m already working on a Thanksgiving tablecloth but I might have to borrow this idea for another time.

  19. 26

    Beckie, this is beautiful. I love it so much that I featured it today over at Scribbles and Swirls. Please take a look – http://tamiscribblesandswirls.blogspot.com/2011/11/thankful-tablecloth.html#more. I hope you like it and follow me as well. Thanks for the inspiration!
    ~ Tami

  20. 28

    Oh my gosh how crazy cute is that?!? I would never that thought of it, so thanks for sharing!!

  21. 29

    LOVE it!

  22. 30

    Holy Crap! It’s fabulous!! My handwriting sucks! To bad I can’t run that whole thing thru my printer:-)

  23. 31

    This is so cute! I pinned it for next year! Great thing to do with my kids.

  24. 32

    You always have such fun ideas. Very cute!

  25. 33

    I love it! So cute! Although I do NOT have that nice of handwriting. I also love the fun little “Del Taco”s and “Subway”s in there!


  26. 35

    What a great idea! I have definitely used drop cloths before – I LOVE it – for the same reasons you mentioned. I have pinned this idea – I think it would be very fun to make!
    Does the sharpie smell bother you? Has it faded yet?

  27. 37

    Wow..That’s so cool!!!

  28. 38

    Becka this is genius!!! LOVE the idea – it looks fabulous and I love that it’s so personal!!
    This would be really fun to do next week – Thanks!!

  29. 39

    Lately, I have been looking for either a tablecloth or placemats for Thanksgiving and I coudln’t find neither. This would be an easy and inexpensive way to solve that problem ! I love it:)

  30. 40

    Hi, Becca

    What a great idea and it was so easy to do. Its a lovely piece.


  31. 41

    So lovely! Your dining room is beautiful.

  32. 42

    I am so in love with this idea! My table is very big so I don’t think I have the patience to do a table cloth BUT I do believe I will be doing a table runner and maybe some place mats….. LOVE IT!!

    • 43

      Love the table runner idea! And place mats. I’m also thinking the kids would like to do their own. Oooh, the ideas I’m getting.

  33. 44

    I adore this idea! I want to have each family member make their own napkins & write what they are thankful for. I featured you today on my blog: http://puertabella.blogspot.com/2011/11/thankful-tablecloth.html

  34. 46

    but seriously, this is a genius idea…
    i’m heading to lowes now…

    • 47

      Lowe’s has a few different sizes so it’s perfect for finding the one that will fit your table. I still had to trim one but now I have left over drop cloth I’ll be using to make a fun throw pillow!

  35. 48

    This is amazing! Thanks for sharing the idea. Also, where did you get your table and chairs – I’m looking for a two-tone set and really like yours. :-)

  36. 50

    that is such a great idea, and it really does look like the word art, with all those different styles of writing. i’d be worried i don’t know enough to make it! besides cursive, and regular, i fear i’d have nothing else.

  37. 51

    I love, love, love this idea!! It is perfect and I am seriously thinking of copying this idea!!!

  38. 52

    I’m in love with this table cloth!!!! Great job!

  39. 53
    Donna Watson says:

    This is beautiful! I have done a neat twist with it. For the past 10 years, I have used a tablecloth (the drop cloth would be perfect) and put fall colored sharpies out on the table. Everyone who comes to our family Thanksgiving writes a sentence of something special they are thankful for from that year. (my nieces and nephews got licenses, college scholarships, new marriages/babies, etc) and everyone signs and dates it. It is now a treasured family heirloom with our family history!

  40. 55

    I found this post by way of the blog Gordon Gossip…and I love it! This is incredible! I just LOVE the overall look! I am bookmarking this idea and can’t wait to try it!! Thanks for the inspiration!

  41. 56
    Auntie Ruth says:

    I just made mine and it turned out wonderful! I’m surprising my family with it on Thursday.

  42. 58

    I was wondering if you remember the brand of drop cloth you bought? I have bought 2 from lowes and both have had a thick middle seam running through them. Both the 9×12 and 9×6 sizes. Maybe i bought the wrong brand?

  43. 59

    You never cease to amaze me Becca! I love your idea and wish I had a table to make one! You could even take it further, and make one for ever holiday in the year! You could even use the colored sharpies! I’m thankful for you sharing your ideas with all of us!! Thanks, and have a great Thanksgiving with your wonderful family!

  44. 60

    WOW! I absolutely LOVE this!

  45. 61

    love this idea, have been waiting for the right time to use it, so i think i found it, im hosting a bridal shower, when the rsvp”s start coming in, im gonna ask for a few words that they think of when they think of the bride, inside jokes, her personality traits, places and dates that mean something…and im gonna do a table runner…wish me luck…

  46. 62
    frenchy says:

    so pretty! and i love your room palette. can you let me know what color you’ve got on your walls?

  47. 63

    I love this idea, it fits my style so perfectly. Anxious to get started on this project.

  48. 64

    Just an FYI – I made a similar project as a curtain for party pics using a drop cloth and black permanent marker. It turned out great. After using it , I folded it and stored it in a closet. When I needed to use it again, I was sick to find that the black marker had “leached” on to other parts of the drop cloth. All my work was ruined. I’m not sure what the solution would be – maybe ironing over the permanent marker to seal it.

  49. 65

    I love this idea! And I love the mirror on the table for the centerpiece. SO cute!

  50. 66

    I just LOVE this idea and wanted to incorporate it into my Thanksgiving decorations this year. Since I’m too lazy to do it with a tablecloth, I made Thanksgiving plates in the same style. I LOVE how they turned out. Thanks for sharing such a great idea.

    I shared my Thanksgiving plates and a link or two to your post and blog on my site here: http://kimskandykreations.blogspot.com/2012/11/thanksgiving-plate-decoration.html

    Thanks again!

  51. 67

    Love this idea! On another note…I love the wall color! Could you please tell me what it is? Thanks so much :-)

  52. 70

    Just recently found your blog and loved this idea…..was thinking it would make a great wall hanging too….maybe with shellac to seal it with.

  53. 71

    Hiya it’s a wonderful idea but I wondered if you had washed it yet? Has the ink faded with washing or come out? I want to decorate some fabric but its expensive to buy fabric pens!

  54. 72

    Love it! But I would reccomend washing first. I made an ottoman slipcover out of this material without washing it first and it shrunk….shrank….shrinked? Anyway, also hoping the marker doesn’t fade. Since it’s been a while can you give an update on what happened when you washed yours?

  55. 73
    Jill Kennison says:

    Thanks so much for the great idea! I used a drop cloth and sharpies to make the tablecloth and added black lace all around it. I used all of our family names and dates and traditions etc to make a memory tablecloth for my mother-in-law’s 80th birthday. Check it out on my My Crafts board on Pinterest. (Jkpooh1013)

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    Amelia Bilbro says:

    Has anyone tried washing this? I want to make sure you he markers really stays permanently and food spills come out. Thanks!

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