How to keep your tablecloths from blowing off the table

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How to keep your tablecloths from blowing off the table
Clip the edges of your cloth together with clips decorated with flowers. (Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

A carefree picnic can become aggravating if your tablecloth keeps blowing astray. Make flower-adorned plastic clips to hold your tablecloth in place on a windy day. Use white daisies with a red and white check tablecloth for a classic summer look. Try bright tropical blossoms for a luau, or pink peonies for a girl's birthday.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • 8 silk flowers
  • Wire cutter
  • 8 2-inch plastic clips with a small hole in the handle
  • Glue gun
  • Glue sticks

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  1. 1

    Cut the stems off the flowers just below the base of the blossom. On some flowers you will be able to pull the stems off.

  2. 2

    Put a small amount of glue around the hole in a clip's handle. Press a flower into the hole. Hold the flower firmly in place for a few seconds until the glue is set.

  3. 3

    Glue the remaining flowers to the other clips in the same way.

  4. 4

    Gather the corners of the tablecloth together three inches below the corner of the table. Pull the gathers toward the centre of the table so that they are about an inch inside the edge of the table. Hold the gathers in place with a clip. This will hold the cloth snugly on the table.

    How to keep your tablecloths from blowing off the table
    Smooth out any wrinkles before you add the clips. (summer picnic table setting image by Scott Williams from
  5. 5

    Clip the other four clips onto the hem of the tablecloth midway between the corners. This provides extra weight to hold the cloth down. Be sure the flowers are on the outside of the clips.

Tips and warnings

  • Store the clips flat, in a single layer, in a plastic bag with a zipper.
  • It is possible to use live flowers if they are sturdy and long-lasting. Gerber daisies are an option.

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