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Project

Weight on Tables

Come your next backyard dinner, these tassels will keep the wind from blowing your tablecloth into the neighbor's pool.

Materials

  • Colored raffia
  • Cardboard
  • Scissors
  • Sewing kit
  • Decorative buttons

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Wrap strands of colored raffia around a 3 1/2-by-2-inch piece of cardboard several times.

  2. Step 2

    Thread a piece through the top; knot. Cut raffia bottom to create fringe.

  3. Step 3

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    Place a fishing weight inside bundle toward top; tie a knot below using more raffia. Knot ends to form a loop. Make four tassels total. Sew decorative buttons onto each corner of the tablecloth for hanging.

Source
Martha Stewart Living, June 2007

Reviews (34)

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  • 10 Jun, 2013

    This is very pretty and clever! I recently went camping and used a similar idea except my goal was keeping uninvited guest out of the food. Cover all of the food on table with about 3 yards of Tulle. Hot glue buttons, etc., on small, round, magnets. place one plain magnet under tulle (or table cloth). Place a decorated magnet on the top of the Tulle over the magnet below. The weight of the magnets will hold down the cover where ever they are stragically placed and look good doing it!

  • 9 Sep, 2010

    try

  • 27 Jul, 2010

    If you want to be able to use these weights with other tablecloths at an outdoor event, use some mitten clips for the corners instead of sewing on buttons, then you can use any tablecloth, just hook the raffia thread over the clip before you clip it to the corner.

  • 26 Jul, 2010

    If you're picnicking at the lake or beach, you could even leave the fishing weights uncovered, as-is to add to the fishing/camping theme. If you have the weights on fishing swivels then you can just hook the weights together until each corner is heavy enough and after you're done just toss them back in the tackle box. I may make some of these for my dad for his next fish fry!

  • 26 Jul, 2010

    Use the plain (natural) raffia without color if you're concerned about the color bleeding.

  • 13 Jul, 2010

    I like the pocket idea. Instead of carrying heavy weights, you could use the rocks or sand at the picnic site, then return them to the site before going home.

  • 13 Jul, 2010

    I use the weights they give you for balloons. Not as pretty as the tassels but works well. You can use them on the end of the table -- no sewing

  • 13 Jul, 2010

    I am concerned the raffia will "bleed" if exposed to rain while attacherd to my tablecloth out of doors. Perhaps not such "a good thing".... after all.

  • 26 Jun, 2008

    This is cute idea but last year I discovered that just using a metal clip on drapery hook on each corner works just great and easy to take off and on. Simply - a "good thing".

  • 26 Jun, 2008

    hello,
    i like that idea, it is good for several ideas
    thank you
    dalida1506

  • 25 Jun, 2008

    Love the button idea on the corners...add whatever you need for your part of the country....Thanks!

  • 25 Jun, 2008

    Thank you for putting this craft on the web today. I was at K Mart purchasing a tablecloth today and needed to find tablecloth weights, could not find any. I will be going to Pat Catans tomorrow to purchase items for the weights. Liked the idea of putting stones in a small pouch or heavy nuts

  • 25 Jun, 2008

    I like the magnet idea, I will try it that way. Great tip!

  • 25 Jun, 2008

    I like the magnet idea, I will try it that way. Great tip!

  • 25 Jun, 2008

    You could also go to any craft store, buy some round magnets (that come 10 to a package), glue something decorative on one of them and put 2 together on each corner of the tablecloth (one on each side). These are then reusable on different table cloths. Only drawback: make sure magnets are a big enough size so little ones don't try to swallow them.

  • 25 Jun, 2008

    I love this idea.....cannot wait to make them. :) Thanks!

  • 25 Jun, 2008

    I like angelwings55's idea about sewing pockets on the corners. Depending on the size of the pocket, you could even put small rocks in the pockets. That would surely hold the tablecloth in place.

  • 25 Jun, 2008

    I like angelwings55's idea about sewing pockets on the corners. Depending on the size of the pocket, you could even put small rocks in the pockets. That would surely hold the tablecloth in place.

  • 25 Jun, 2008

    try drapery weights or a heavy bolt or nut instead - cheaper and heavier.

  • 25 Jun, 2008

    Fishing weights also double as balloon weights, just dress them up by stuffing them in a small balloon or cover with decorative foil. Saves the cost of the balloon weights.

  • 25 Jun, 2008

    You could add a pocket to each corner of the cloth (triangle of matching or contrasting fabric sewn on two sides of corner on underside of cloth, top left open) and add as many weights as you think you might need. If the wind was blowing hard enough to pull all four fishing weights up and hit someone, I may think about moving the party inside :)

  • 25 Jun, 2008

    You could add a pocket to each corner of the cloth (triangle of matching or contrasting fabric sewn on two sides of corner on underside of cloth, top left open) and add as many weights as you think you might need. If the wind was blowing hard enough to pull all four fishing weights up and hit someone, I may think about moving the party inside :)

  • 20 Jun, 2008

    You could also use dress weights which come in various sizes. Pick any type of fabric, cut into small strips, and wrap around through the [filtered word] until covered. Attach a loop and fasten with the button idea. Add more dress weights if desired (smaller) to give a diffrent look to the length or adjustible weight depending on the cloth you have on the table. Organza sewn into a small bag and tied with a ribbon is cute too.

  • 20 Jun, 2008

    i love the fishing wieght idea. MSL always has such practical usees for things. thanks!

  • 20 Jun, 2008

    this came at the right moment. i live by the sea and have problems with my table cloth cuz of the breeze. I love table cloth. good tip.

  • 20 Jun, 2008

    this came at the right moment. i live by the sea and have problems with my table cloth cuz of the breeze. I love table cloth. good tip.

  • 19 Jun, 2008

    I agree the weight is not heavy enough, the wind would still catch it and lift it. I buy clips made to slide over the table cloth and picnic table I do several all around the edge and no problem with the cloth going anywhere. Find them where picnic stuff is sold.

  • 19 Jun, 2008

    To make it weightier, hot glue two weights together, or use small stones.

  • 19 Jun, 2008

    Good Idea! Throughout the years I have been able to find "vintage" tablecloth weights at garage sales. I still have some of them and some I gave to friends. So look around you might just get lucky and find some too.

  • 19 Jun, 2008

    I would be afraid the wind would still blow the table cloth and hit someone with the weight! Our wind can be very strong, even on hot summer days, here in New England. I generally just put our picnic baskets on one side and snacks and goodies in the corners. Bringing some sturdy glass bowls with snacks in them works well for us.

  • 19 Jun, 2008

    I would be afraid the wind would still blow the table cloth and hit someone with the weight! Our wind can be very strong, even on hot summer days, here in New England. I generally just put our picnic baskets on one side and snacks and goodies in the corners. Bringing some sturdy glass bowls with snacks in them works well for us.

  • 6 Jun, 2008

    Why don't you just use a larger weight in the top before the knot? The fishing weight isn't strong enough the wind, but a larger wieght hidden in the top would hold.

  • 5 Jun, 2008

    This is soooo clever! Attractive AND Practical. And a good use for those fishing weights I have sitting there. I am running immediately to sew buttons on my outdoor tablecloths!