Let’s start with sharing all about this new series. When you first get engaged, you’re so excited to start planning. From the flowers to the cake to the decor and not to mention your dress, you can’t wait to dive in head first. You’re probably even thinking of trying to DIY a few of those elements. Am I right?

Don’t get me wrong, DIY’s can add a nice personal touch to your big day. And, if you’re on a budget, they might even save you some money. Or, maybe not. Not every DIY option for your big day is more cost effective than renting or purchasing the item. In this new series, we’re taking some of the top wedding trends and most commonly DIY’d elements, trying our hand at making them ourselves and comparing the cost and process to hiring a pro. In the end, we’ll tell you whether you should give it a go or just hire a pro. So, here we go.

First up, we’re tackling table runners. Linen accents such as table runners or toppers are a great way to add color, texture, and personality to your wedding decor. Recently, we’ve been seeing a lot of gauzy style runners adorning tables at weddings near and far. So, we decided to give the DIY version a go.

Before we get into analyzing the DIY vs. Pro cost, let’s set some parameters.

Create custom gauze table runners for your wedding with this easy step by step from @theidolist

Comparison Facts

  • All quantities and costs are based off a guest count of 150 people
  • For this cost comparison, we are going to use two possible table sizes, 60″ Round Tables and 8 ft. Farm Tables. Currently, these are the two most popular table choices at weddings.
  • 60″ Round Tables
    • Number of Tables = 19 (8 people per table)
    • Table Runner Length = 8 ft. (5 ft. diameter plus 1.5 ft. overhang on each side)
    • Total Cheesecloth Needed = 152 ft.
  • 8 ft. Farm Tables
    • Number of Tables = 15 (10 people per table – 4 on each side plus 2 at the heads)
    • Table Runner Length = 11 ft. (8 ft. length plus 1.5 ft. overhang on each side)
    • Total Cheesecloth Needed = 165 ft.

Hire a Pro

We found these gauze runners on Etsy by LinenLark, and they’re gorgeous. They come in a variety of colors and would make a perfect topper for any table. Here’s the cost break down

60″ Round Tables

  • Purchased in 16 ft. increments @ $19 per 16 ft. = $190.00 + tax & shipping (10 16 ft. increments needed)

8 ft. Farm Tables

  • Purchased in 23 ft. increments @ $28 per 23 ft. = $224.00 + tax & shipping (8 16 ft. increments needed)

DIY Version

For the DIY version, let’s start with the supply cost.

Create custom gauze table runners for your wedding with this easy step by step from @theidolist

60″ Round Tables

  • Cheesecloth: $70.21 + tax & shipping
    • Purchased through Amazon here @ $10.03 per 10 yards (30 ft).
    • You will get 3 8ft. Table Runners out of one package. Seven packages are needed.
  • Liquid Rit Dye: $8.98 + tax & shipping
    • Purchased through Rit Studio here @ $4.49 per bottle
    • One bottle should be enough to dye all the runners. However, I based the cost on two bottles figuring you would use the Rit Color Formula Library to create a custom color that better matches your wedding color scheme.
  • Total Supply Cost = $79.19 + tax & shipping

8 ft. Farm Tables

  • Cheesecloth: $80.24 + tax & shipping
    • Purchased through the same Amazon link above @ $10.03 per 10 yards (30 ft)
    • You will get 2 11ft. Table Runners out of one package. Eight packages are needed.
  • Liquid Rit Dye: $8.98 + tax & shipping
    • Purchase through the same Rit Studio link above @ $4.49 per bottle
    • Again, one bottle should be enough to dye all the runners. However, I based the cost on two bottles figuring you would use the Rit Color Formula Library to create a custom color that better matches your wedding color scheme.
  • Total Supply Cost = $89.22 + tax & shipping

Now that we know how much are supplies are going to cost us, here’s the step by step…

Instructions

  • Step 1: Cut fabric to desired length and soak in cold water to prepare for dye.
  • Step 2: Mix dye according to desired color formula using scaling formula noted in the Rit Color Formula Guide adding 1 cup of salt for cotton fabric.
  • Step 3: Remove cheesecloth from cold water, ring dry, and add to dye bath.
  • Step 4: Let soak in dye bath stirring occasionally. Note that the time in the dye bath will vary. For more intense colors, let fabric sit in dye for a longer period of time. Be sure to keep track of time for consistency among runners.
  • Step 5: Remove from dye bath and rinse in cold water to remove excess dye. Let dry.
  • Notes:
    • Wear gloves while working with dye to prevent staining on hands.
    • It’s advised to dye fabric outside in grassy area to prevent staining on countertops, concrete, or any other stainable surfaces. Also consider using a drop cloth under your dye baths to prevent runners from landing in the dirt when removed.
    • 5 Gallon Buckets from your local hardware store are great for your dye bath.
    • It is recommended you only dye 1-2 runners at a time depending on the size of your dying bucket (2 at a time in a 5 gallon bucket)

The Verdict

Create custom gauze table runners for your wedding with this easy step by step from @theidolist

Skill Level: Easy

Time: A Sunny Saturday Afternoon (About 2-3 hours start to finish depending on time fabric is left in dye bath)

Savings: $110 for 60″ Round Tables; $135 for 8 ft. Farm Tables

Create custom gauze table runners for you wedding with this easy step by step from @theidolist

 

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