DIY Beach + Picnic Blanket


There are still some nice beach days left if you live in Southern California – just don’t go in the water because it’s freezing even in August. You might have relatives visiting from the east coast and you can take them outside and show off how it’s still in the 70s and even 80s in December – which is something I like to do to feel better about myself for paying so much to live here and for dealing with the constant horrible traffic. Or, if the beach isn’t your thing, this makes a great picnic blanket! I love it because it’s fun to make, super cheap (I spent maybe $30?), and really big so you can fit a bunch of people & food on it if you want! I was inspired by this pretty table runner at Anthropologie.


_ Canvas drop cloth

_ Water

_ Paintbrush

_ Fabric paint


Lay drop cloth outside – I used our driveway (and accidentally stained it a bit, so be careful & maybe do it on the lawn? It did wash off eventually.). Pour a little water onto it and the water will bead and run all over the place and before it absorbs into the fabric, grab your paintbrush and swirl a little bit of paint into the water. It will be darker in some spots and lighter in others which I think looks great. And basically, have fun with it. I let it dry and went back over it 2 or 3 times to get different layers of color overlapping each other. Once it’s all done and dry, bring it back inside and turn it over and iron it from the back to help the paint set.





  1. Julia

    Love the idea Jen, definitely going to try it myself!

    • Jen

      Awesome!! Let me know how it turns out! 🙂