Do you see my dilemma? The blue and lime looked great with the rainbow, but the lavender and cupcake were kind of on their own. My solution was to create two different projects.
Since the weather is finally starting to brighten up here, I really wanted the first project to be something outdoorsy. My family gave me a fold-up picnic table for my birthday a couple of years ago, and my husband suggested making a table cloth for it. Outdoor eating tends to be messier, and the duct tape is a great surface to just wipe clean.
Since I used every bit of the three rolls for the top, it would have taken another three to use duct tape for the back, and no one would ever see it. My husband provided the solution – plastic sheeting. They sell it at home improvement stores for around $5 and you could cover a LOT with one roll.
I cut a chunk I knew was larger than I needed and laid it over the table.
I had created a design, much like a quilt, using graph paper. I ended up not following it exactly, but it did help me place the rainbow diamonds I wanted down the center of the table. I used a yardstick and pencil to mark where I wanted the diamonds right on the plastic. From there, I just started cutting pieces of tape slightly larger than the shapes I was covering.
After the diamonds were in place, I added frames around them.
Rather than follow my original pattern at that point, I found it was easier to just add tape as I went, keeping the symmetry on both sides of the table. It was also a lot more fun – a little like playing with Legos. I wasn’t sure how far the tape would go, so I just kept going until the top was covered.
I have a tip for you if you’re using scissors with duct tape. Keep can of WD40 and a rag close by and wipe your scissors down with it regularly. It removes the gunk that builds up and helps them cut smoothly. Do not, however, run your thumb down the blade through your very thin rag, especially if your resident handy man just sharpened them for you. It makes the rest of the project a little more difficult when you have to try to keep the duct tape from sticking to your bandage.
I was getting pretty low on tape at this point, so I ran strips along each edge until I didn’t have enough left for another row.
I cut the rest of the plastic away even with the edge of the tape. It didn’t overlap the edge of the table much, so I added a folded-over strip on either side of each corner and applied a piece of stick-on Velcro to each side.
I can stick them together under each corner and it holds the table cloth in place.
My grey picnic table has never looked so bright and cheerful!
Check back to see what happens to the last two rolls!