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Super Easy DIY Tablecloth Weights – DIY Wedding Tutorial

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I’m so excited to share my first tutorial in over a month!! It’s also the first of many planned DIY wedding tutorials, but it isn’t only useful for weddings. Today I’m sharing how to make super easy, inexpensive tablecloth weights. They’re so simple I’m really not sure why I haven’t seen more people making them for picnics, camping, or even backyard cookouts!

Easy DIY Wedding Tablecloth Weights

Materials for DIY tablecloth weights

  • Narrow ribbon or baker’s twine
  • Flat “gem” marbles (round marbles work, too, but flat are better!)
  • Scraps of veiling, tulle, fabric, etc. that are at least 9″ or so wide
  • Scissors


 That’s it! You might not need to even buy any supplies for this project. I used leftover flat marbles from the centerpieces, extra veiling from when I made my veil, and ribbon I already had. Whatever material you use, it needs to be at least 9″ wide. If it’s much more narrow, you won’t be able to put enough marbles in your fabric squares to make useful weights. Also, if you’re using veiling, make sure the marbles can’t accidentally fall through the gaps!

diy tablecloth weights supplies

1. Cut your material into squares or rectangles. I made 9″ squares, but slightly larger would look fine, too.

2. Place a handful of marbles in the center of each square.

3. Draw the material up around the marbles. If there are so many marbles you can’t gather all the sides up, remove some. If you have lots of extra fabric, you can add a few marbles.

4. Tie a piece of ribbon securely around the gathered material, as shown. Decorate with a bow, charms, or anything else you’d like to add.

diy tablecloth weights

5. For a more uniform appearance, trim the material flat on top. If you’re using actual fabric, I suggest using pinking shears to cut down on fraying!

diy tablecloth weights cut

6. Use and enjoy!

I actually only made four of these weights, and I really wish I’d made more. Because our wedding was outdoors in Hawaii, I expected breezes. What I did not expect was that a tropical storm would be moving in that night (the rain held off until we were driving home!!) causing truly absurd winds. I thought four would be enough to anchor the dessert table’s tablecloth, but it ended up against a cement wall with one long edge of the tablecloth pinned against the wall and the other edge held down by these weights. See two of them along the edge?

tablecloth weights in useThese little weights did their job well. They were practically free to make and took just a few minutes, so I highly recommend whipping up a few the next time you’re planning to dine en plein air!

What other solutions have you created to hold tablecloths down at outdoor functions?



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  • Splendid Little Stars August 14, 2014, 04:26

    classy weights! very clever!
    I love your dress and your hair, too.
    It’s fun to see photos from your wedding. I hope you continue to share those!

    • Natashalh August 14, 2014, 06:54

      Thanks! I was actually starting to hope people weren’t getting sick of the pictures. Our print copies haven’t arrived in the mail yet, so I’m sure I’ll be swept with another wave of enthusiasm when that happens!

  • Paige @ Little Nostalgia August 12, 2014, 02:35

    So smart! I could’ve used some of these for our garage sale this weekend. I put down plastic table covers because our folding tables are a little old and gross looking, and guess what kept blowing around in the wind?

    • Natashalh August 12, 2014, 09:42

      Isn’t it the most frustrating thing?! Ugh, I’m so sick of wind and tablecloths (and the fact that basically every single crafting event in Hawaii is outside because ‘it’s so nice’).

  • Amy @ StowandTellU.com August 10, 2014, 07:00

    What a clever idea to kept those table cloths from blowing around (I hate when that happens!) Love your wedding photos, too!! Amy

    • Natashalh August 11, 2014, 07:33

      Thank you! We’re pretty fond of them. =) I really hate blowing around tablecloths, as well. Thanks for stopping in!

  • julie August 10, 2014, 01:05

    Pretty, practical and inexpensive, you can’t ask for much more than that!

  • Linda August 7, 2014, 08:53

    Cute and simple idea!

  • Edi August 7, 2014, 07:01

    What a great idea! You’re right, these could be used for so many events. Great for outdoor craft shows too!

    • Natashalh August 7, 2014, 12:21

      Yes, they sure would be great for craft fairs! I used my hanging tablecloth weights at my last craft fair, but these would help, too.

  • Lana August 7, 2014, 04:48

    Cool idea and such a great complement to your lovely wedding photos! Congrats and see you sometimes in our “working” BBA circle of friends:) But take your time and enjoy your honeymoon!

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