Have you ever seen a beautiful plastic tablecloth and said to yourself how can I use this in a craft project? I have seen so many pretty plastic tablecloths and asked myself this question, so I decided to buy one from the Dollar Tree to try and figure out how I can use it in one of my craft projects. First I thought about using Mod Podge but I said to myself there has to be another way to attach it to my wood project then a lightbulb went off in my head and said why can’t I iron it onto the wood! Well I have to tell you it works and I am addicted to using a plastic tablecloth for projects.
Materials You Will Need
- Wooden cut out
- Plastic tablecloth of your choice
- Craft Paint of your choice
- Piece of sandpaper or sanding sponge
- Parchment Paper
The first thing you are going to do is paint your wooden piece. The color you choose will depend on your tablecloth, most plastic tablecloths have a white background and if you iron the tablecloth on without painting the wood piece first you are going to see the wood through the white of the tablecloth. I used an antique white to paint my wooden egg so the wood would not show through the white of the plastic tablecloth, (I forgot to take a photo of painting my egg but I am sure you know how to paint lol). If you are going to cover the front and back of your wooden piece you are going to cut two pieces of the plastic tablecloth big enough to cover each side.
Lay your egg on a craft mat, towel, or ironing board. For my craft projects I use a small Steamfast iron I got at Walmart which I set at the highest setting, 200 degrees C and 392 degrees F. Place your piece of plastic tablecloth (print facing up) on top of your wood piece. Cover with a piece of parchment paper then iron, constantly moving the iron over your piece do not hold the iron in one area. After a few seconds of ironing lift the parchment paper and check to see if your tablecloth is now adhered to your wood piece. I should only take about a minute of ironing to adhere the tablecloth but if it still needs more put your parchment paper back on and iron a few more seconds.
Once your plastic tablecloth is fully adhered to your wood piece using a piece of sandpaper or sanding sponge sand along the sides of your wood piece to remove the excess tablecloth. Repeat the above steps to the back side of your wood piece.
Your are now finished and your wood piece is ready to be decorated. For this egg I add a trim, felt flowers and a window cling bunny. If you would like to know how you can also iron window clings to wood check out my blog titled how to iron window clings onto wood. I also have a video on my Facebook page and YouTube channel!