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Lace Table Runner

Whether you create a table runner or tackle a smaller project, enlist this easy how-to. Best of all, everything can be done months in advance.
Martha Stewart Weddings, Winter 2013

Fancy linens, watch out! Humble building paper goes haute couture when it's overlaid with Chantilly lace. For scalloped edges, cut carefully around the curvy design.

Tools and Materials

Three-feet-wide red rosin paper, lifeandhome.com
Foam core
Clover pins, joann.com
Rust-Oleum specialty polyurethane spray, rustoleum.com for stores

  1. Place paper (the darker the hue, the more pronounced the pattern) onto a piece of foam core. Position lace on top (use whole pieces for large endeavors like the runner; scraps work for smaller projects).
  2. Anchor lace and paper to foam core with Clover pins, which won't leave holes, spacing them every inch or so .
  3. In a well-ventilated area, spray the lace from 10 to 12 inches away with a coat of polyurethane. Let dry, about 10 minutes.
  4. Remove pins, and then gently peel back the lace from the paper. Once dry, the pattern is set for good.