Customize plain table linens (T-shirts and sneakers, too) with our easy drip-and-dry method.

June 28, 2021
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blue and white splatter painted decor
Linda Xiao

Ta-ta for now, tie-dye! Splatter painting is a fun and even easier way to jazz up plain table linens (T-shirts and sneakers, too). Pictured here, we used Kaufman Essex Linen-Blend Fabric in Cadet ($9.25 a yd., fabric.com) and Southern Classic Linen-Blend Fabric in White ($9 a yd., fabric.com) as our canvases of choice. All you need is a squeeze bottle, paint, and fabric medium (to thin the contents a bit). Shake it up, then drip, drip, drip, and dry.

Styling by Naomi deMañana

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What you need

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How to do it

Part 1

Step 1

Fill bottle with one part fabric medium and two parts paint (the medium ensures your splatters are absorbed smoothly and evenly into the fabric of your item without making it feel stiff or leaving a crust on the surface).

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Step 2

Holding bottle upside-down, move it across fabric, continuously squeezing out tiny drops. (This way you'll get dainty dribbles, not big blobs or streaks.) Let air-dry.

Step 3

Toss item in the dryer on high heat for 30 minutes to set paint.

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