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Cardinal Place Cards




In many European countries, it is a Christmas custom to feed songbirds, which are symbols of luck. Mark place settings with handsome red cardinals, and your guests are sure to feel fortunate. The place cards can be used with or without honeycomb paper.


  • Red honeycomb paper
  • Template
  • Scissors
  • Bone folder
  • Glue stick


  1. Step 1

    Download and print cardinal clip art onto heavyweight matte paper, reducing or enlarging as desired. Cut out.

  2. Step 2

    Write in guest's name. Cut out "cardinal back" template; place on bird's back, matching contours.

  3. Step 3

    Mark straight edge; remove template, and cut along line, giving bird a straight back. Repeat on other side. Using a bone folder, score long sides of the rectangle that forms the base of the bird; fold along lines.

  4. Step 4

    Press sides of bird together; attach using a glue stick. Place "cardinal body" template on red honeycomb paper (position paper so that its lines are perpendicular to dotted line on template); trace, and cut out.

  5. Step 5

    Unfold honeycomb paper; attach to back of bird using double-sided tape.

Martha Stewart Living, December 2006



Reviews (7)

  • tersata 27 Jun, 2013

    Bromo Tour

  • hausmouse 4 Aug, 2012

    You can find honeycomb paper here:

  • redwine48 24 Dec, 2010

    You can make this without the honeycomb body. Just cut the bird out exactly like it is in the picture. Make sure you cut the wing top out and forget about the body or back made out of honeycomb paper. Very simple! MERRY CHRISTMAS!

  • bug32 15 Dec, 2008

    Can it be made without the honeycomb paper? There is no way I'll find honeycomb paper where I live! the bird looks like it stand up without it. Maybe some glitter on the wings and it will still be pretty! Please tell me what you think. Barb

  • LaurenCrosby 14 Nov, 2008

    Hola! Puede comprar el papel honeycomb en cualquier tienda de artesann n n n a.

  • kimig 28 May, 2008

    Como se puede realizar el honeycomb, alguien podria ayudarme

  • jblunck 9 Nov, 2007

    These are so cute. Do you know where to purchase honeycomb paper?