How to Make Weighted Tablecloths for Outside

by Lanh Ma

Dining outdoors allows you to take advantage of pleasant weather and a cool breeze, but that playful breeze is a problem if it seizes your tablecloth. Even when a tablecloth has food to weigh it down, the wind can still flip up the edges, making it harder to eat or sit comfortably. Instead of resigning yourself to eating indoors, make a weighted tablecloth for your outdoor summer dining.

Items you will need

  • Pencil
  • Tablecloth
  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Yarn needle
  • 4 small chandelier crystals
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Step 1

Mark spots 1 inch from both edges of the tablecloth in each corner using a pencil.

Step 2

Cut a 4-inch length of yarn using a pair of sharp scissors.

Step 3

Thread the length of yarn through a yarn needle.

Step 4

Push the yarn needle through the fabric at one of the tablecloth's corners at your pencil mark.

Step 5

Pull one end of the yarn through the fabric while leaving the other end on the other side.

Step 6

Tie the end of yarn that is on the inside of the tablecloth into a knot to prevent it from slipping through.

Step 7

Pull the unknotted end of the yarn, pulling the knot snug against the fabric.

Step 8

Push the threaded needle through the hole drilled at the top of a small chandelier crystal and remove the needle.

Step 9

Tie the chandelier crystal in place.

Step 10

Repeat steps 2 through 9 for each of the other three corners of the tablecloth.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you can't get chandelier crystals, use any small, heavy item with a hole in it to weigh down your tablecloth.

Photo Credits

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