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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

July 4, 2023

This week we’re combing through the Remodelista archives for some of our all-time favorite summer stories. Here’s one:

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.
  • 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. rep 18
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 e 19
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! 20
Above: Allow to dry, set your table, and have fun!

The Results

the finished product. white and blue dishes and serving ware complement the the 21
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.
if you don&#8\2\17;t want to go the diy route, you can still channel the bl 24
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.

For more July 4th decoration ideas, see:

N.B.: This story is an update; the original post ran on June 30, 2020, and is reappearing here as part of our Summer from the Archive issue.

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Frequently asked questions

What is the article about?

The article is about a Fourth of July DIY project for creating an easy and breezy blueberry-inspired tablecloth by David Stark.

Who is the author of the article?

The article is written by David Stark.

What occasion is the tablecloth design intended for?

The tablecloth design is intended for Fourth of July celebrations.

What is the inspiration behind the tablecloth design?

The tablecloth design is inspired by blueberries.

Is the tablecloth easy to make?

Yes, the tablecloth is described as an easy DIY project.

What materials are needed to create the tablecloth?

The materials needed include a white tablecloth, blue fabric dye, a sprig of artificial blueberries, and a piece of cardboard.

Are there any special techniques or steps involved in making the tablecloth?

Yes, the article provides a detailed step-by-step guide on how to create the tablecloth, including dyeing the fabric and stenciling the blueberries using a cardboard template.

Can the tablecloth design be customized?

Yes, the design can be customized by using different fabric colors or adding additional stenciled patterns.

Is this tablecloth suitable for outdoor use?

Yes, the article mentions that the tablecloth is perfect for outdoor celebrations.

Are there any other decorating ideas or tips mentioned in the article?

Yes, the article suggests pairing the tablecloth with white dishes and blue glassware to complete the blueberry-inspired theme.

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