I began crafting these eight months in advance. And to be fair, my mom did most of the actual embroidering. But hey - we had 23 tables. And I am a busy grad student. I know, excuses, excuses. Anyway, I did the outlining and mom did a lot of the filling in. I used glue to affix plastic 7'' plates to the back of the embroidery hoops and stood them up on plate display stands. Love!