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Fourth of July DIY: An Easy-Breezy Blueberry-Inspired Tablecloth by David Stark

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Fourth of July DIY: An Easy-Breezy Blueberry-Inspired Tablecloth by David Stark

June 30, 2020

Here’s a DIY tablecloth for Fourth of July that’s so easy that truly anyone—from kindergarteners to the arts-and-crafts-averse—can make it. Perhaps best of all? It’s blessedly understated, which means it can have a life well after the fireworks are over.

You don’t need any tools (just a couple new pencils, a box, fabric, and some paint) to make this blueberries-inspired DIY tablecloth. Why blueberries? Aside from the apple, is there a more American fruit? Besides, “July is prime time for this seasonal fruit. Why not give it the 15 minutes of fame it deserves?” says David Stark, our go-to expert for event design and the mastermind behind this clever project.

Below, the three-step instructions for crafting this exceedingly easy DIY. Note: While David and his team opted to make a tablecloth, you can just as easily fashion placemats, a picnic blanket, or a butcher-paper runner using the same method.

Photography by Corrie Hogg and Susie Montagna for David Stark Design.

The Materials

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Above: Martha Stewart Crafts has 41 shades of Acrylic Craft Paints; $2.39 each at Michael’s.
  • Acrylic paint, in brown and two shades of blue
  • Fabric or paper
  • Pencils with new erasers
  • Small paint brush
  • Small box or box lid

Step 1

Use a small brush to trace the box or lid onto the fabric with brown paint. Repeat to create the scattered farmer’s market pattern as we have.
Above: Use a small brush to trace the box or lid onto the fabric with brown paint. Repeat to create the scattered farmer’s market pattern as we have.

Step 2

Fill your baskets with tiny blueberries in two shades of blue! Simply dip the eraser into the paint and stamp it onto your fabric.
Above: Fill your baskets with tiny blueberries in two shades of blue! Simply dip the eraser into the paint and stamp it onto your fabric.

Step 3

Allow to dry, set your table, and have fun!
Above: Allow to dry, set your table, and have fun!

The Results

The finished product. White and blue dishes and serving ware complement the theme. The napkins are vintage bandanas from M.Patmos.
Above: The finished product. White and blue dishes and serving ware complement the theme. The napkins are vintage bandanas from M.Patmos.
Above: On the menu? Fresh blueberries and blueberry pie, of course.
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Above: If you don’t want to go the DIY route, you can still channel the blueberry theme via a blue and white palette. A Blueberry Pie from Four & Twenty Blackbirds in Brooklyn sits in an Enamelware Pie Plate from Barn Light Electric Company.

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