I used to think that kraft paper was spelled with a “c” as in craft paper. I didn’t realize that “kraft” refers to a paper-making process that turns wood pulp into a strong, tear resistant paper. You can write on it, paint on it, or draw on it with any number of implements including magic markers, chalk, watercolors, acrylic paints, crayons, pens and pencils. That’s just one reason kraft paper makes the perfect table covering. Check out all these cool things you can do with kraft paper table coverings.

Keep the youngsters busy at the “kids’ table” by giving them a paper table covering to doodle on like this one by Simply Sweet Soirees. I especially like the fun Christmas to-do list written for each young dinner guest.

Southern Living has several good Thanksgiving table settings including this one for kids. There are circles drawn where the dinner plates should go. You could teach the youngsters about proper table settings by making notations about where the cups and utensils are to be placed. If you need a refresher course, check out our blog post on how to properly set a table.

You don’t have to speak Dutch to figure out how to prepare a paper table covering like this one from Welke.nl. This kraft paper tablecloth is covered with various hand-drawn photo frames. Kids can fill in the frames with stick figures, landscapes, animals, or whatever trips their triggers.

Dimples And Tangles covered the kids’ table with kraft paper at a recent special celebration. Knowing that kids just can’t keep from doodling if there are crayons and paper in front of them, they weren’t surprised by great artwork on display by the end of the party.

Kristine from Attend made good use out of her paper table covering by writing the instructions for how to make Italian sodas on it. What a great idea for an ice-breaker for party guests.

When Veronoica Yem hosted a party featuring a waffle bar, she wrote out the steps for making waffles. Not only was preparation easy, but clean up would have been a breeze. Just roll up the paper table covering and throw all that sticky syrup and pancake batter away in the trash.

Oh! Party used a similar strategy for a pizza buffet. The names of all the toppings were written on the kraft paper table covering along with instructions for how to build a pizza.

Karin Lidbeck made this football field table covering with kraft paper, white tape, and adhesive numbers. What a perfect table covering for a tailgate party!

In lieu of place cards, Nicola Lynde wrote her wedding guests’ names right on the kraft paper table covering. Wouldn’t it be nice to set out some writing utensils so that people could write notes to the bride and groom on their special day?

It’s cliché to say, but you’re only limited by your imagination when it comes to decorating kraft paper table covering. Did you know that you can buy a 100′ roll that’s 3′ wide for less than $20? Larger rolls are even more economical. If you go shopping, you may see it referred to as butcher paper or craft paper. Whatever you call it, however you spell it, kraft paper makes a great table covering option for many festivities. I’m planning a Halloween party right now and I think I might paint some “bloody” handprints on my paper table covering. I can hardly wait to get started!