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Accordion Place Cards

Add a bit of festive flair to any table with these simple paper place cards.

Introduction

Resources: Scoring board, 12-by-12-inch paper pads, and edge-punch sets from Martha Stewart Crafts.

Materials

  • 12-by-12-inch paper pad
  • Craft knife
  • Scoring board
  • Decorative edge punch
  • Coordinating corner punch
  • Hot-glue gun and hot-glue sticks
  • Hot-glue mat

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Cut a 3-inch-wide strip from 12-inch-square paper. Score and fold lengthwise 1 5/8 inches from one side; open. Punch along the long edge that is the shorter distance from the fold with a decorative edge punch.

  2. Step 2

    Fold paper strip on score line and insert fold-first into edge punch again, this time without butting it completely to back of the punch (this will create a connected design along the fold). Punch along fold, aligning design under first punched design.

  3. Step 3

    Lay strip on scoring board, with length perpendicular to score lines. Identify a "valley" in the edge-punched design, and score paper on every other valley.

  4. Step 4

    Flip strip over and score again, between scored valleys.

  5. Step 5

    Place a bead of hot glue on hot-glue mat. Gather accordion-folded strip at bottom to make a fan, place on bead, and hold in place until glue cools.

  6. Step 6

    Cut a 3 1/2-inch square from the same paper. Using coordinating edge and corner punches, punch all around the square.

  7. Step 7

    Score square on colored side, 1 1/4 inches from one edge. Fold at a right angle with colored side on the inside; the shorter half stands perpendicular to the table and serves as the place card. With larger half flat on work surface, glue accordion-folded fan in place, about 1/2 inch behind the place card.

Source
The Martha Stewart Show, May 2010

Reviews (5)

  • patlaure 11 Jun, 2012

    As I have just bought the scoring board, i will try to do some place cards soon. This article is so interesting. thanks

  • crafty5 10 May, 2010

    does anyone know how to make the big medallions?

  • ShoeGirlToni 9 May, 2010

    i'm still waiting for them to upload the picture and video as well!!!! I did record/dvr this episode, but I want to delete it - but not until I get photo and video from this site.

  • MrsSmitty5072 8 May, 2010

    Appenroth is right. Why is it so hard to get passed shows? I went out to Michaels to get the punch and than couldn't get the show it was on back I know what I saw. It's annoying

  • appenroth 8 May, 2010

    when i try to get the Photo of mother's day cards it says "please check back after the show's air date for a photo and video. It seems to me thate 3 days is time. the show was on may 6