DIY: Creepy Crawly Tablecloth for Halloween

Written by Sharon Garofalow of  Cupcakes & Cutlery

Halloween is upon us which means tricks, treats, and tons of DIYs. This do-it-yourself painted tablecloth is perfect for your ghoulish get-togethers. We took a plain white tablecloth and turned it into a creepy-cool reusable holiday decoration with just a few supplies and a little sunshine.

DIY Halloween Tablecloth with Inkodye

Click through for the step-by-step instructions…

Halloween Tablecloth DIY Supplies

• Plain white tablecloth
• Large board or rigid cardboard
• Inkodye in black
• Foam brush (or this special roller designed for use with the Inkodye bottles)
• Plastic bugs
• Inkowash Detergent

How to make a Halloween Tablecloth

The special paint used in this tutorial is light-sensitive. You will need to find a workspace that is not in direct sunlight and dark-ish (I set up a work area in my garage with the garage door down). You will need to paint your fabric on a large board or really rigid piece of cardboard because you’ll need to move the painted area into sunlight in step 3.

1. Shake the Inkodye bottle really well, then pour in to a bowl or paint tray. With a foam brush, paint the desired area on your tablecloth. Don’t be alarmed: When painted, the black Inkodye is actually an army green color.

2. Arrange your plastic bugs on top of the painted area.

3. Move the board, with bugs in place, to an area in direct sunlight. The paint starts to develop immediately when exposed to light, so try to move the board carefully. In bright sunlight, it should take about 15-20 minutes for the paint to fully develop. You are ready to move on the next step when the painted area looks black.

4. Remove the plastic bugs and wash the painted tablecloth with the special Inkowash detergent. Follow the directions on the bottle for best results. Then dry in dryer.

Creepy Crawly Halloween Tablecloth DIY
Halloween Creepy Crawly Tablecloth DIY

The plastic bugs create a perfectly charming creepy-crawly print for your Halloween party table. The end result is a washed-out black, with a bugged-out white pattern, that can be used for many haunted holidays to come.

Photos: Sharon Garofalow


  2. Tori

    I would never have thought of using Lumi Inkodye this way. Great idea!!