Find a table runner design that you like. Look online and find patterns that appeal to your taste and that will merge with the existing room design or a specific holiday theme. If need be, sketch your design ideas on paper with a pencil so you have an outline from which to work. One of the easiest ways to create a cohesive pattern is to use stencils. You can create your own or buy stencils from craft and hobby stores or other retailers. If you find the perfect image for your stencil online, but it’s too small or too large, remember that you can probably print it and have it blown up or reduced at a copy shop. You can then have it printed and laminated on thicker paper for a stencil.
Purchase a blank or solid-color table runner on which to paint your design. You can also purchase the fabric of your choice and create your own blank canvas. Burlap and canvas are two great materials with which to create a table runner. Choose a runner color that will work with your design or go with traditional holiday red or green. You can also paint a base coat and then add stenciling, stripes, etc. in a complementary color. Remember to measure your table before purchasing the runner to be sure that you get the right size. It is often customary for a table runner to extend a few inches past the edges of the table, lengthwise, or even in the center of the table, widthwise.