Punched-Circles Table Runner
Photography: Bryan Gardner
Source: Martha Stewart
The cooler cousin to the delicate doily, these diamond-cut rounds were created using a unique Circle-Edge Punch that cuts perfect circles with a decorative edge. Stylist and decorations designer Jenny Batt of the blog Hank & Hunt was inspired by lacy antique tablecloths to create this project, but wanted something with a little more punch -- she used the Diamond Lace punch cartridge and experimented with different colors and sizes of the circles to create a table runner fit for tea time or any time. Further cause for celebration -- Jenny also thought to collect all the cuttings to repurpose them as colorful confetti.
Choose a color palette and papers that complement one another. Jenny used shades of coral and gray along with some faux bois printed paper.
Decide on the size of the runner. For a small rectangular table measuring 30 by 60 inches, Jenny made about 29 circles in various sizes ranging from 7 inches to 11 inches. You may need to add more punched circles or take some away to achieve the correct size of the runner.
Position the punched circles into place on your table. Move the punched circles around and layer them to find a pleasing design.
Once you are satisfied, adhere each circle to its neighbor using glue dots or double-stick tape. Check to make sure the edges of the tape or dots do not show through the cutouts of the punched circle.
Set the table runner over a white tablecloth (or any contrasting color) so the cutouts can show through and you can see the designs.