Flower Power Table Runner


Designer: Lisa Storms

Chrysanthemums, the colorful mainstay of fall, grace the center of a burlap runner, in a fall-inspired ombre palette. Pieces of tissue paper punched into scalloped circles are layered and scrunched to shape each flower.


  • 6×130″ burlap strip (or desired size for your table)
  • Brown sewing thread
  • Tissue paper: burgundy, dark red, dark orange, medium orange, light orange, yellow, dark purple, medium purple, light purple, plum
  • 2″-diameter scallop circle punch (such as Fiskars XL Seal of Approval Squeeze Punch)
  • Stapler and staples
  • Aluminum foil
  • Hot-glue gun and glue sticks


Assemble the Table Runner:

  1. To prevent fraying, machine- zigzag stitch along the long edges of the burlap using brown sewing thread. Remove a few short horizontal threads from each end of the burlap strip.

2. Layer up to eight sheets of tissue paper in one color. Punch through the layers using the scallop circle punch. Continue punching scallop circles from each color of tissue paper. You will need 12 to 16 same-color scallop circles for each chrysanthemum.

3. Layer same-color scallop circles, aligning the edges. Staple through all layers at the center. Scrunch each tissue layer, one at a time, beginning with the top layer. Fluff up layers. Repeat to make three to four chrysanthemums in each tissue color.

4. Protect your work surface by laying burlap on top of a long piece of aluminum foil. Arrange the flowers along the burlap strip as desired. Note: The mums on the runner shown are arranged in gradational colors. Hot-glue the flowers to the runner.


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