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8 Easy Low-Cost, Low-Commitment Summer DIY Projects with Painter’s Drop Cloths

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8 Easy Low-Cost, Low-Commitment Summer DIY Projects with Painter’s Drop Cloths

August 23, 2023

This week we’re revisiting some of the most popular DIY stories from our archives. Read on for end-of-summer project inspiration:

Solve summer rental decor woes with these seven DIY projects involving nothing more than a couple of canvas painter’s drop cloths.

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Above: At the Spruceton Inn in the Catskills, the owners use laundered painter’s drop cloths as summer bedspreads.
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Above: David Stark creates a one-step, budget tablecloth out of a canvas drop cloth in DIY: Painted Runner Tablecloth by David Stark.
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Above: This attractive tissue box cover is made out of a canvas drop cloth and can be painted in any hue. See Alexa’s how-to at DIY: Painted Canvas Tissue Box Cover.
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Above: A drop cloth becomes a curtain to conceal the washer/dryer in a small apartment in DIY: The $65 Laundry Closet, Renter’s Edition.
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Above: Hibiscus flowers are the secret to the subtle hue of this informal drop cloth turned tablecloth. For instructions, see DIY Hibiscus-Dyed Drop Cloth.
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Above: Allison Bloom of Dehn Bloom Design used a painter’s drop cloth to make an outdoor chair cover, see DIY: Paulistano Armchair with White Canvas Cover.
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Above: Replicate the Le Beanock Hammock with Gardenista’s project DIY: Instant Summer Hammock.
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Above: Jenny of Anything Pretty used drop cloths to create a shaded pergola; see DIY: Instant Painter’s Drop Cloth Pergola, over on Gardenista.

And another no-sew idea we like: canvas drop cloth as ad-hoc couch slipcover.

More summer DIYs:

N.B.: This post is an update; the original story ran on June 3, 2015.

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Frequently asked questions

What are some easy summer DIY projects using painter's drop cloths?

Some easy summer DIY projects using painter's drop cloths include making outdoor curtains, creating a picnic blanket, sewing cushion covers, crafting a plant hammock, making a beach bag, painting a rug, and sewing a tote bag.

Where can I buy painter's drop cloths for these DIY projects?

You can buy painter's drop cloths for these DIY projects at hardware stores, home improvement stores, paint supply stores, or online retailers.

Can I reuse painter's drop cloths for multiple projects?

Yes, painter's drop cloths are reusable. If they are in good condition after one project, you can clean them and use them for subsequent DIY projects.

How do I clean painter's drop cloths?

To clean painter's drop cloths, remove any excess paint or stains, then wash them in a washing machine with mild detergent. It is advisable to read and follow the specific cleaning instructions provided by the drop cloth manufacturer.

Can I use painter's drop cloths for indoor DIY projects as well?

Yes, painter's drop cloths are versatile and can be used for both indoor and outdoor DIY projects. They are commonly used to protect floors and furniture during painting or renovations.

Are there any precautions to take while using painter's drop cloths?

Yes, it is important to ensure that the drop cloth is securely laid out to prevent tripping hazards. Additionally, when painting, make sure to cover any valuable or delicate items nearby to protect them from paint splatters.

What are the advantages of using painter's drop cloths for DIY projects?

Using painter's drop cloths for DIY projects offers several advantages such as cost-effectiveness, durability, versatility, and the ability to repurpose them for various creative projects.

Can I personalize or decorate painter's drop cloths?

Yes, you can personalize or decorate painter's drop cloths using various techniques such as painting, stenciling, dyeing, or adding trimmings. Let your creativity guide you!

Are painter's drop cloths safe for the environment?

Most painter's drop cloths are made of natural materials such as cotton, which makes them relatively eco-friendly compared to synthetic alternatives. However, it's important to dispose of them properly after their intended use.

Do I need sewing skills to complete these summer DIY projects?

While sewing skills may be necessary for some projects like cushion covers or tote bags, there are plenty of other projects on the list that don't require sewing. Choose projects that match your skill level and interests.

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