Ballard Holiday Table Runner Knock-Off


Well, I told you yesterday that I was saying Farewell to Fall and hello to Christmas, didn’t I?

I’m nothing if not a woman of my word, so I’m back again today with my first Christmas craft of the season!

I just love me some Ballard Designs. Don’t you?

But, their prices don’t love me back.

So, I have to resort to knocking them off. That always sounds so wrong doesn’t it?

Kinda has a Bonnie and Clyde ring to it. I’m just going to think of it as imitation being the sincerest form of  flattery!

This is my version of the Ballard Designs Hanging Ornament Table Runner.

Theirs ~$79.00

Mine ~ $15.00


Here’s what you will need to make this:

1. Drop cloth cut to size of runner you want (don’t wash the drop cloth first!) 

2. Fabric squares or remnants

3. Twine

4. Ribbon in coordinating color

5. Glitter Paint writer in color of your choice 



Step 1 ~ Using whatever you can find that works, cut out your desired ornament shapes. I was trying to do my best to imitate the Ballard version so I went with round…and used a glass ’cause I really stink at doing shapes freehand.

Be sure to use a really dull pencil over and over again before finally going in search of one that is sharpened! It adds to the whole “tortured crafter” thing.



Step 2 ~ Once you have your shapes cut out (ok, so I actually don’t totally stink at doing shapes freehand since I did that one on the far right! Not bad huh?) place them on the drop cloth runner and then use No-Sew/craft glue to attach.



Step 3 ~ Cut twine to desired length (they should all line up at the top) and put a knot at the bottom where it attaches to the fabric ornament. Glue twine in place.



Step 4 ~ Use the ribbon to cover up the top of the twine pieces and attach with the No-Sew glue or craft glue.


Step 5 ~ Finish off the edges of the ornaments with glitter paint

Step 6 ~ Stand back and admire your handiwork and then take it off the table before your children can cover it with crumbs. Oh wait…


I couldn’t resist snipping some Rosemary and bringing it inside. It makes the whole house smell so wonderful!



I gave this little white box some detail courtesy of the Graphics Fairy and it looks so festive filled with Christmas goodness, doesn’t it?




It’s official, my house is making the shift from Fall to Christmas.

Don’t believe my husband if he tells you that I’ve been listening to Christmas music since before Halloween.

It was only instrumental music so that doesn’t count right? But you better believe that Bing, Nat and Perry (Como not the  Platypus) are bellowing out their best Holiday tunes now!

How about you? Is your home starting to make the shift too?

Thanks so much for joining me as I knocked-off kindly imitated Ballard’s today at the Fence,


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  1. MariaElena says

    Love, love this runner!!! Vanessa, It is so pretty! I have a thing for runners so I may have to try my hand at making this. Just beautiful! Thank you for the inspiration!

  2. says

    Hi Vanessa, The runner is sooo cute that I may have to copy you! Hope you don’t mind. The box filled with rosemary is also wonderful. Thanks for partying at the Open House party and I hope you have a great weekend.
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  3. says

    Hi Vanessa, what a great knockoff! You did such a good job on that, and it’ll be fun to get that out each year, won’t it? And I really love the little white box on top. You’re so talented! Have a great day!

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  4. Felicia says

    Are you hems around the edges of the drop cloth once you cut to size? If no… once you wash(?) does it fray?


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