Keep wood from scratching: How to make a rock table runner with felt

Geologists as well as others who like the look of stone but don't like scratches on their furniture will love this felt table runner. For the most realistic-looking rocks, use a dark-gray felt in which wool hairs are visible. Other color options are tan and dark brown or white. Should you opt for white, use black paint to enhance the look.
Not only will this table runner protect wood surfaces from scratches, but it also prevents water rings. To keep the runner from sliding, slip a few rubber jar grippers underneath or glue them to the runner's back. Long runners are ideal for dining room and coffee tables, while shorter ones are good for end tables.
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Materials
- Thick wool felt, dark gray
- Scissors
- Tailor's chalk
- Soft matte fabric paint, white
- Paint palette
- Small artist's paintbrush
- Hot glue gun
- Hot glue sticks
- Jar grippers
Instructions
1. Cut one piece of felt into quarters. Place one quarter on top of another.
2. Draw the outline of an oblong rock on the face of the quarter on top. The shape may include indents to emulate a real rock. Cut around the outline, going through both quarters.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for as many small rocks as desired. Vary the shapes.
4. Draw the outline of a large oblong rock on a full piece of felt. Cut it out. Repeat for as many large rocks as desired.
5. Pour paint into the palette. Apply spots and streaks of white in any pattern on any small rocks desired. Let the paint dry.
6. Set down one large rock horizontally. Angle another large rock so it touches the left bottom of the first rock and points inward under the first rock. Angle a third large rock so it touches the right bottom of the first rock and connects with the second rock.
7. Apply glue to the inside rims of the large rocks where they meet one another. Press small painted rocks onto the glue to hold the larger pieces together.
8. Continue laying out a pattern of rocks, emanating from the center three from step 7. Use both small and large rocks for the bottom. Use small rocks to cover gaps as desired and to hold the bottom rocks together. Do this until you have reached the desired length and width of the runner.
9. Place jar grippers underneath the runner or glue them to the underside to keep runner from sliding.
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