VALENTINE’S DAY DESSERT KABOBS

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

I wanted to share this little Valentine’s Day craft I posted on my friend Joanna’s site over at bakedbyjoanna.com. It’s so simple and can pretty much be made the night before to serve your valentine breakfast in bed or as dessert after your special dinner out.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

Joanna used this cute little heart shaped cookie cutter to create a perfect strawberry heart. If you aren’t a fan of strawberries, use bananas or pair fruit with cut pieces of pound cake drizzled with chocolate or a side of nutella. Brownie bites would be amazing too, the options are endless!

Here’s how to get started

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MATERIALS
Wood skewers
Valentine’s Day Dessert Kabob printable
Printer & paper
Red, pink, white felt
Scissors
Hot glue gun & glue

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Print out the Valentine’s Day Dessert Kabob printable.
2. Cut out both heart shapes and tip of arrow with scissors.
3. Using your cutouts as a template, cut out 2 large hearts, 1 small heart and 2 arrow tips from the colored felt of choice.
Do this for each skewer. I like to create an assembly line by first cutting shapes and then gluing everything; it helps me feel more productive.

4. While your glue gun is warming up, cut skewers in half
(approx. 7″ long depending on your skewer length, but you can eyeball it; no need to be exact).

5. Once skewers and felt shapes are cut, you’re ready to start gluing.

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6. Apply a little glue to 1 arrow. Place the end of skewer on top, and lay other arrow directly over it, kind of like making a sandwich.
7. For the hearts, first glue the small heart onto 1 of the large hearts.
8. Do almost the same thing you did for the arrows but glue around the edges only except for the bottom tips of the large heart.
This will create a pocket to insert the skewer, so you can remove it and place the strawberries and cake for guests.

9. Repeat for all skewers.
10. Once your guests are ready to enjoy, simply slide off the heart and enjoy!

 

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

Serve with a cold glass of milk and enjoy!

~ Happy Valentine’s Day to you and yours ~

VALENTINE’S DAY “LOVE” PILLOW

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 Pillows, pillows, pillows! I love them, I need them and I honestly have way too many of them. But hopefully I’m not the only one with a pillow obsession. So, being that Valetine’s Day is approaching and I have a love for letters, I was inspired to create a little Valentine’s Day decor craft.

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Going to the fabric store is therapy for me but I don’t often have time to sneak away without my little ones. I started digging through my piles of fabric knowing I wanted to keep the design simple and stand out from my dark leather couches. I landed on a basic white cotton from a bedskirt I’d once made and chose black yarn to coordinate with my black & white striped IKEA EIVOR throw. I wanted to be able to use the pillow as more than Valentine’s Day decor which is why I chose classic colors but a combination of red/white or pink/black would look just as lovely for the holiday. Here’s how to make your own LOVE inspired pillow.

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MATERIALS
white fabric
pillow insert
black yarn
scissors
seamstress chalk & pins
sewing machine & thread
ruler
hot glue gun & glue

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Wash & dry fabric, iron if necessary.
2. Lay fabric on a flat surface, measure & mark with pencil or seamstress chalk. Make sure to leave at least 1/2″ for hem around all four sides.
3. Lay both pieces of fabric right side facing inward, line up your edges.
4. Pin both pieces of fabric together.
5. Once pinned, sew 3 of the 4 sides.
6. Flip fabric inside out so now the nice, finished side of the fabric is on the outside.
7. Insert pillow form, fold over the 1/2″ hem, pin together and sew to close.
8. While your glue gun is warming up, lightly pencil LOVE or word of choice onto the front of your pillow.
9. Working left to right, gently trace a small area of your first letter with glue.
10. Quickly begin placing a single strand of yarn on top of the glue while it’s still warm so it adheres. I used the tip of my pencil to help push the yarn down on the glue so my fingers didn’t get burned or create those annoying hot glue strings.
11. Continue working in small sections until you finish the entire word.
12. Repeat steps 9-11 with a second strand of yarn. Don’t worry if they don’t line up perfectly, a little space between the yarn adds character.
13. Use a lint roller to help remove the remaining hot glue strings and yarn lint.

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DIY COCKTAIL TRAY

 

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

Have you noticed that bar carts are popping up everywhere? I’m absolutely smitten with the ones I’ve seen at West Elm but realized I don’t have the space or money for one amongst the colorful, plastic baby and toddler toys slowly taking over our home. So, I decided to draw inspiration from a few of the West Elm bar carts and create a cocktail tray that would be more affordable and useful while looking just as lovely on display when not in use.

Find out how make your own by using an inexpensive cutting board and repurposed handles.

DIY COCKTAIL TRAY

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

MATERIALS
wood cutting board
2 handles with hardware
gold spray paint
pencil
wood burning tool
drill
drill bit (large enough for hardware size)
ruler

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

BOARD INSTRUCTIONS
1. Use your pencil to lightly draw your design onto the top of your cutting board. Don’t forget, you’ll be attaching handles, so adjust your design as needed.
2. Attach the cone point tip or other tip of choice to your wood burning tool. Mine came with several options but I wanted more control and cleaner lines.
3. Plug it in and allow it to heat up. Follow instructions on the package.
4. Once it’s hot, practice on scrap wood to get a feel for how to hold the tool and how hard to press for the results you’d like.
5. Now for the fun part, start burning your design onto the board.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

HANDLE INSTRUCTIONS
1. Remove hardware from handles and place on a safe, flat painting surface outside.
2. Spray paint both handles and let dry. I chose to repurpose old handles from my garage cabinets, you can also purchase these at the hardware store for only a few dollars.
3. Once the handles are dry, place them on the short ends of your cutting board, measure and mark the center points of both handles where you need to pre-drill to attach the hardware. Pre-drilling for your hardware keeps the wood from splitting when attaching handles; I highly recommend it.
4. Place your drill bit centered on the mark and drill straight down, repeat this step as needed.
5. Attach both handles and secure with the screws. If you find that the screws are too long for the depth of your board, you’ll need to have your screws cut down.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

Props and party supplies courtesy of FOUND and The TomKat Studio

Voila! You’re ready to serve cocktails and hors d’oeuvres to your guests. You could also use it as a meat and cheese tray or serve breakfast in bed to your honey on New Year’s Day, the possibilities are endless.

Be sure to check out my friend Joanna’s blog for some fabulous cocktail recipes to help ring in the new year!

NEW YEARS EVE “CHEERS” SIGN

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

The new year is upon us, why not add a few easy decorations to the christmas decor to ring in 2015. I stopped by my local craft store to grab a few paper maché letters and glitter but the rest I already had on hand, you might too.

With two little ones, my husband and I don’t have the chance to get away to the New Year’s parties. So we celebrate at home with a few tasty appetizers and fun cocktails to get in the spirit. Speaking of cocktails, you should stop by my friend Joanna’s blog for some fabulous recipes using the bubbly and sweet Rondel GOLD Brut Cava. The packaging itself is just beautiful!

NEW YEARS EVE “CHEERS” SIGN

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MATERIALS
paper maché letters (CHEERS)
gold glitter
newspaper scraps
matte Mod Podge
medium-sized paint brush
gloss spray clear coat
hot glue gun + glue
plank of recycled wood (long enough to fit all letters)

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INSTRUCTIONS
1. Remove labels from the letters.
2. Spread out a few sheets of newspaper to catch the glitter as you work.
3. Using your paintbrush, paint a thick layer of Mod Podge onto the front surface of your letter.
4. While it’s wet, sprinkle a thick layer of glitter on top. This is where the newspaper comes in handy, you can catch all the glitter and minimize your waste.
5. Now, paint all sides of the letter that will be exposed and sprinkle with glitter. I chose not to paint the bottom of my letters since I’d be attaching them to a base later.
6. Set the letter aside and allow it to dry.
7. Repeat with Mod Podge and glitter until you’ve finished all the letters.
8. If you realized you missed a few spots, add a dab of Mod Podge and sprinkle with glitter, nobody will ever know.
9. Once all the letters are dry, move outside and spray with a few coats of gloss clear coat to help glitter stick together. I love glitter, but what I hate most is the mess it makes when you touch it. The clear coat definitely reduces that.
10. I used a piece of recycled wood to act as a base for my sign. Arrange the letters along the base and attach with hot glue. If you choose not to use a base, you could always glue the letters together and hang it on the wall.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

Location and props courtesy of FOUND

Cheers to a safe and happy New Year!

DIY THANKSGIVING ETCHED DRINK BOTTLE

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

I’ve always been a fan of restaurants that serve chilled water from glass bottles. Not that the quality of the water is any better but subconsciously it makes it taste better, right? Besides, it just looks lovely sitting on the table.

I wanted to do the same for my Thanksgiving table so guests (and myself) wouldn’t have to keep getting up to refill our glasses. If you plan to have a large table with several guests, I would recommend making a few bottles to place across the table. Be sure to check out my DIY Wood Burned Place Card Coasters to complete the look!

THANKSGIVING ETCHED DRINK BOTTLE

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MATERIALS
Glass bottle with clamp from World Market
Glass etching cream
Medium-size soft bristle paintbrush
Brookie Craft Premium Design Vinyl
Xacto knife
Ruler
Pencil

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

INSTRUCTIONS
1. remove any labels.
2. wash bottle with warm soapy water and dry off.
3. decide on the design you want for your bottle, I chose an easy square pattern but you could really do anything.
4. using your pencil, draw your design onto the vinyl (I wanted my squares to look a little more hand-drawn and uneven so I didn’t use a ruler to make the perfect square).
5. place the vinyl on a safe cutting surface and cut out using Xacto. You could also place the vinyl on the bottle and then cut out the design, whichever you’re most comfortable with.
6. use your fingers to rub all areas and make sure the template is firmly adhered, no bubbles.
7. follow instructions on the bottle of your etching cream. You want to work fairly quickly and have good, thick coverage with the etching cream for best results.
8. once etching cream has set, rinse and dry it off. Look over the design to make sure all areas are etched well (I had to fill in a few areas of my design, it wasn’t a big deal to do a second application).
9. rinse bottle off with warm soapy water and pat dry.

DIY WOOD BURNED PLACE CARD COASTERS

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

No matter how much I prepare, Thanksgiving always seems to sneak up on me. This year, I wanted to create a gift for my dinner quests which serves the purpose of both a place card at the table and coaster for their drink of choice. I found these great wood bark coasters from World Market. Or if you live in a woodsy area (not exactly Phoenix) and have some nice branches to repurpose, those would be beautiful too (just make sure to dust them off).

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

DIY WOOD BURNED PLACE CARD COASTERS

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MATERIALS
Wood bark coasters
Wood burning tool
Pencil
Eraser
Scrap wood

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

INSTRUCTIONS
1. attach the cone point tip to your wood burning tool (mine came with several options, but I wanted more control and cleaner lines for lettering).
2. plug it in and allow it to heat up (follow instructions on the package).
3. once it’s hot, practice on scrap wood to get a feel for how to hold the tool and how hard to press for the results you’d like.
4. next, use a pencil to lightly draw names onto the coasters.
5. start tracing over your pencil design with the wood burning tool until it’s complete.
6. go back over areas you feel need a little more work and erase any pencil marks if needed.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

Here are just a few that I created for myself, husband and little ones. Just remember to have fun crafting! Be sure to stop by Baked by Joanna for some great Thanksgiving recipes too.

DIY SHARPIE DESSERT PLATE

 

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

I’m absolutely in love with this DIY Sharpie Dessert Plate I collaborated on with Joanna Meyers of Baked by Joanna. It’s inexpensive and you may already have the materials in your kitchen cupboard to get started. 

I love to sketch and have always been drawn to the illustrations in children’s books. I wanted to design the plate to look just as adorable with the dessert as it would be without. The circular shape of the Oatmeal Cream Pie inspired me to use a hot air ballon to frame the dessert. The design wouldn’t have been complete without a whimsical little bird floating in a tea cup below. Find out how to get started on your own dessert plate.

DIY SHARPIE DESSERT PLATE

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

MATERIALS
white ceramic plate (I chose a circular salad plate)
new Sharpie (so the tip is pointed)
pencil
oven
cookie sheet

INSTRUCTIONS
1. choose a simple, white, inexpensive ceramic plate.
2. remove all stickers.
3. wash with soap and water; let dry (this will help Sharpie adhere to plate).
4. using a pencil, lightly sketch a design onto the plate (I like to sketch my idea on paper first).
5. once your design is penciled on, use your Sharpie to trace over it (make sure not to touch the lines as you work, smears are no good).
6. keep a damp paper towel nearby in case you make a mistake or want to change the design a little as you work (you can wipe away the pencil marks too).
7. now that all the lines are traced, take one last look at the design in case you need to add anything.
8. place the plate on a cookie sheet in a cool oven.
9. turn the oven on to 425 degrees F, and set the timer to 30 minutes.
10. after 30 minutes, turn off the oven and let the plate cool completely before removing.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

To clean your beautiful dessert plate and not to damage your hard work, I would recommend hand washing the plate with mild soap and a soft cloth to help preserve your design. Have fun creating an entire dessert plate set for yourself or friends. And enjoy many other treats on it as well! 

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUST DESTINY MAG

I don’t know about you but I love Thanksgiving, possibly one of my favorite holidays! The smell of turkey roasting, pies baking and family gathering to watch the parade and football on TV. It’s a time to gather, appreciate one another and be grateful for all we have. I’m still wishing for a chilly, fall Thanksgiving in Phoenix though.

I was honored to collaborate with World Market and an amazing group of friends on how to create a beautiful World Market Thanksgiving table for your family & friends this season. I find it helpful to first choose a color scheme, traditional or unexpected, think of it as putting together an outfit to dress your table. My friends at Salt and Pepper Moms have fabulous tips when it comes to fashion. And thanks to Just Destiny Mag, the plum, mustard, teal and cream looked amazing with accents of wood, gold and silver sprinkled around the table.

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Now for the best part, food & dessert! Baked by Joanna made some delicious treats & recipes. One thing I love to do is share the menu with my guests when the arrive. I often make the traditional Thanksgiving menu but usually add a few new recipes to the mix. So I found this adorable Farmhouse Chalkboard at World Market to create this simple menu.

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MATERIALS
World Market Farmhouse Chalkboard
Thanksgiving menu
white chalk
eraser

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Know what food & desserts you’ll be serving for Thanksgiving.
2. Create a more authentic looking chalkboard by pre-dusting the surface. Rub a good amount of chalk onto the eraser and erase your board (this seems silly but it creates a more modeled surface which I love and you can hide mistakes more easily).
3. Now, just have fun writing your menu on the board. I added the phrase “be grateful” to the top of my menu since the holiday is all about being grateful.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUST DESTINY MAG

Once your menu is finished, prop it on your buffet or hang it on the wall. I just love this DIY lamp by Dream Book Design, so simple and makes such a statement. And as a little bonus, send your guests home with fabulous party favors from A Night Owl Blog.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUST DESTINY MAG

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

Location: Dream Book Design
Chalkboard and DIY Expert: LURLY
Photo Stylist and Photographer: Just Destiny Mag
Style and Fashion Expert: Salt and Pepper Moms
Food Stylist and Recipes: Baked by Joanna
DIY Expert: Dream Book Design
Craft Expert: A Night Owl Blog

DIY WOODBLOCK CANDLE HOLDER

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUST DESTINY MAG

Inspired by the upcoming Thanksgiving season, I’m excited to share with you a little collaboration I participated in for World Market, styled and photographed by the wonderful Just Destiny Mag. I had so much fun spending the afternoon with these talented ladies and look forward to future collaborations.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUST DESTINY MAG

Growing up, the dinner table has always been a place to gather and talk about the days events. For Thanksgiving, it’s a place to slow down, reflect on what we’re grateful for, mom’s hard work preparing the meal, putting olives on all 10 fingers and creating new memories together that will last a lifetime. But, not one of those Thanksgivings went by where candlelight wasn’t front and center (the meal just couldn’t start without those candles lit).

In sticking with tradition of having candles on the table, I wanted to create a sturdy, no-mess candle holder with Thanksgiving inspired words to adorn to table. You’ll need a few power tools and possibly a husband to help as mine so graciously does, thanks T. Here’s how to get started…

DIY WOODBLOCK CANDLE HOLDER

MATERIALS
4×4 wood posts
saw
drill
1 1/2″ spade drill bit
100 grit sand paper
pencil
ruler
acrylic paint
fine tip paint brush
tealight candles

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Determine how tall and how many candle holders you’d like (3 makes a good cluster on the table).
2. Measure and mark the post with a pencil for cutting.
3. Grab your husband and saw (miter preferably) and cut the post.
4. Now stand your post up to sit vertically, use your ruler and pencil to mark the center of one end of the post.
5. With center marked and drill in hand, place the point of the spade drill bit on your center point.
6. Hold post and drill down to the desired depth for your tealight candle to sit in.
7. Once drilled, use your sand paper to smooth any rough edges.
8. Pencil (or stencil) your words onto one side of the candle holder.
9. Use paint brush and acrylic paint to trace over your letters and let dry.

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PHOTOS COURTESY OF JUST DESTINY MAG

Arrange your DIY Woodblock Candle Holders on your Thanksgiving table or buffet and your guests will surely be impressed. Find more World Market Thanksgiving inspirations from these talented ladies, be sure to check them out!

Location: Dream Book Design
Chalkboard and DIY Expert: LURLY
Photo Stylist and Photographer: Just Destiny Mag
Style and Fashion Expert: Salt and Pepper Moms
Food Stylist and Recipes: Baked by Joanna
DIY Expert: Dream Book Design
Craft Expert: A Night Owl Blog

3D HALLOWEEN TABLE RUNNER

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

I love paper and pop-up books so why not create a pop-up 3D Halloween table runner for your party. Make it spooky and place on a dark table cloth surrounded by creepy crawly desserts or make it a black and white theme with these adorable Ghost Meringue Cookies from my friend Baked by Joanna. 

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

We all know hosting a party can be fun but finding those decorations and clean-up after the party can be exhausting to some. So, to keep it simple, I’ve created the table decor for you and then just toss it out when the parties over, no storing decorations.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA

3D HALLOWEEN TABLE RUNNER

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MATERIALS
12” x 12” black scrapbook paper
3D Halloween Table Runner templates
Bone folder
Xacto

INSTRUCTIONS
1. Download the 3D Halloween Table Runner templates.
2. Print either or both of the templates that you’d like to use.
3. Place the template on top of the black scrapbook paper. I repositioned my template a few times on the paper so the tree and haunted house were farther apart to add more depth.
4. Firmly press your Xacto to carefully trace/cut the solid lines; you’ll be folding the dotted lines at the end. If your hand gets cramped when cutting, take a break and shake it out.
5. Once all solid lines are cut, remove the template and carefully fold the design upward to a standing position.
6. Cut as many templates as needed for the size of your table.
7. Cover your table with black fabric and arrange finished pieces down the center to create a spooky, festive table runner for your halloween party. Your guest will surely enjoy the details.

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PHOTO COURTESY OF JOANNA MEYER OF BAKED BY JOANNA