How to Make a Table Runner out of Scrap Wood {Video Tutorial}

Get your elbows off the table!! But mom, what about all this scrap wood?? Oh, honey, you can leave that!! It’s cute!!

Welcome to Thanksgiving preps at my house…Ha ha ha!! It’s hard to believe we are just two-and-a-half weeks away from Turkey day, huh?? I am so excited to be hosting one of two Thanksgiving dinners we will be partaking in this year! A small gathering… maybe 10 people or so,  but I want it to be extra special!

So I started with the dining room table…

How to Make a Table Runner out of Scrap Wood {Tutorial by Vintage News Junkie}

Let’s take this back to the very beginning… 1923.

Imagine a young couple waltzing across the hardwoods of their new kitchen… her, pulling dessert out of the pie safe, him, playfully tugging at her apron strings. They giggle. He starts a pot of hot cider, the aroma fills the air. They are filled with joy to be hosting Thanksgiving dinner in their new home!

Lathes from Historic House: Scrap Wood

She pulls the turkey from the oven as they hear footsteps crunching through the snow. Their family has arrived! Hugs fills the room. Laughter fills the air. Love fills their hearts. The children play marbles on the floor while the puppy begs for a belly rub. Grandma takes her place in the rocking chair. As it creeks back and forth, she continues knitting the blanket she is making for the grandbaby on the way.

Measure and Cut Wood to Make DIY Table Runner

The family gathers around the table, bow their heads, and pray. The newlyweds, hands interlocked, thank God for their health, their happiness, and their family that now fills their new home. As they raise their heads, she notices the sparkle of the modest ring he had given her just two weeks prior.

How to Make a Table Runner out of Scarp Wood

Life in the 20’s was about family and love. And this young couple knew how to live every day to its fullest. That Thanksgiving passed… and Christmas did too! Children giggling as they opened their new red wagon, a bag of marbles, and toy trains! Grandma sat at the piano as the family sang “Oh, Come All Ye Faithful” and “Oh, Holy Night”. The joyful sound filled the room.

Use Twine to make a Wooden Table Runner

As time passed, the young couple welcomed their first child. Wrapped in the blanket Grandma knitted, she tries to sooth the crying baby… rocking her back to sleep. The sound of the babies cry filled the room… a joyful sound, she would one day miss. Father sneaks a peak at the two loves of his life.

How to Make a Table Runner out of Wood

So why am I telling you this story??

It’s stories like this that are harvested in the scrap wood of my little table runner. The wood I used for this table runner came from inside the walls of a 1923 home in Hillsborough, North Carolina. I believe the sounds of that young couple giggling, those shoes crunching in the snow, a young family’s prayers, Christmas carols, Grandma’s rocking chair, the children’s laughter, the baby crying, aaallll the sounds of a beautiful life, live in the walls of our homes.

And now those memories live on my dining room table..

DIY Table Runner from Wood Scraps

Vintage Dining Room with DIY Table Runner

But that’s not why you came to visit me today, is it? You want to know how to make one for yourself…

That’s why I put together this video tutorial which will walk you through every step!

So my challenge to you… don’t just make a table runner. Make a  home filled with happy memories! Live life! Don’t let the holidays get you all in a bustle!

Handmade Table Runner from Old Wood

Create a life that will fill your walls with joy! So if one day, parts of your walls end up on someone else’s table, it will bring as many happy thoughts as this table runner has for me!

How to Make a Table Runner

P.S. After we shot the video, the hubs and I made the rest of the table runner together, making it all the more special!

P.P.S. Thank you, Judi for the amazing wood from your home. It will forever be cherished as a part of our home and for generations to come!

Until next time friends,

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  1. Jo Ann Miller says:

    Such a wonderful idea! Let me get busy and tear out a wall so I will have the lumber I need to make me one. Lol. Really, that is so great. Your table is beautiful with the little cone trees and the many other things that you have created. Your story was wonderful too. Your holiday guests will be so honored to sit at your (and Hubs) table. Hugs

    • Thank you so much, Jo Ann! It was fun making this table runner together (with the Hubs) and I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! Now, as for tearing out a wall… ha ha!! Surely, we can find you some wood somewhere else! Ha ha!!

  2. Awesome Candace! I bought a bunch of inexpensive lathe strips of wood the other day at the hardware store with a similar project in mind – now I know how to do it! Thanks:)

  3. Fabulous job! The video is great, and the table runner is so unique and practical at the same time. I love it!

    • Thank you, Doreen! I’m really starting to dig the video-making process!! I think there are many more in my near future!! I love the practicality of the table runner too! One reader suggested it for keeping hot pots off of the table… how smart is that?!? Thank you for stopping by!! Hope to see you soon!

  4. I’m going to share here what I told you before – – I seriously feel like I could listen to you walk me through tutorials for hours. You just have such a natural way about you, and you keep things moving along at a nice pace. I also loved that you took time to tell the story behind this wood…and why you love it so; it brought such a significance to this project. The finished tablescape is GORGEOUS (that owl!). I’m so proud of you friend, and once again, it’s so neat to see you in your element. Props to the hubs, too, for stellar videography and editing. It all looked so professional! So neat to see you guys using your God-given gifts and talents in this way. When you end up on HGTV, I’ll be honored to say, “I knew her when!”

    • Oh, Lauren . HGTV would be a dream!! I am honored that you could listen to my tutorials for hours. Whew… I’d need a lot of water to get through that!! And I must say you are quite the video queen yourself!! Especially ‘music videos’… wink! You are so sweet to point out mine and the Hubs God-given talent. It is truly because of Him, that we are able to do what we do! Thank you for always brightening my day! 🙂

  5. Your table looks absolutely wonderful! I loved your story about the old house and the love that lived there. Thank you for such clear instructions in your fun-to-watch video! Wish I’d saved the lathes from and old house I once remodeled! This is a great project to do with older kids and also great for protecting the table from hot dishes. I hope you and yours have a blessed Thanksgiving!

    • Linda, thank you so much for your kind comment!! And your genius idea to use the runner to keep hot dishes off the table!! That is so smart!! I’m glad you liked the video and found it easy to follow… hopefully you can make one too!! And I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving as well!! Create memories!! Give Love!! ♥

  6. Absolutely beautiful…the story and the tablerunner. Don’t be expecting anything like this at my house for Thanksgiving. I’ll do my best to remember to pull out the table cloth. I’ll have to watch the video later.

    • Oh, Dixie, your house is always BEAUTIFUL!! Table cloth or not!! I tell ya, writing this blog forces me to do projects that I may not have otherwise done! I have Pinterest boards full of projects I want to try… knowing I need content for my blog gives me that push to create some of the things, I probably wouldn’t have made time for 6 months ago!! You are not alone… I am right there with you!! 🙂

  7. Later came sooner than I thought. So nicely done. Great job Candace and Bill.

  8. I love this! Very well done, and such a beautiful tablescape. I am so proud of you!

  9. Love it! I want to see a picture of the awesome looking rug underneath and a how too!

    • Oh my, Cherryl! I wish I had a how-to that I could pass along for my rug… I’d make 8 more! Unfortunately, I bought it from Miss Mustard Seed at the Luckett’s May Fair earlier this year! BUT… I have to say, I bet you could totally buy a plain bamboo rug and stencil whatever you want on it. Perhaps a polyacrylic would seal it?! Just a thought… maybe I’ll give it a shot!!

  10. Amazing! Love the little story and where they came from. Pinning!!

  11. This is fabulous! I LOVE the way it turned out.

  12. You are fantastic on camera, Candace! Such a natural! I loved watching the video and seeing exactly how to make this without using glue to hold things together. And I love how it turned out – so rustic and full of history. Bravo, my friend!

    • Oh, thank you, Laura!! I’m glad you liked the video and found it easy to follow! Anytime I can avoid the hot glue gun… I am all about it!! And you know me, the more rustic, the better!! So I was pretty pleased with how it turned out as well!! Thanks for stopping by!! 🙂

  13. Very cool! Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays! x

  14. I cannot get over how cool and unique this is! I am drooling over this project, and I LOVE that it’s made from reclaimed wood. And I love thinking of the stories and memories old pieces and homes hold 🙂

    • You are so sweet, Emily! I have to admit, I may have wiped a little drool away as well! Ha ha!! I love upcycling old junk… but junk that has a story… wow!! It stole my heart from day one! So glad you like it too! 🙂


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