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Basket-Weave Place Cards


Use swatches of caning to print designs for custom place cards. Create matching cards or use a variety of patterns and colors to add textural richness to the table.


  • Store-bought tented place cards or card stock
  • Scissors
  • Caning swatches
  • Stamp pad
  • Glue stick
  • White paper


  1. Step 1

    Use store-bought tented place cards, or make your own by cutting card stock into 4-by-5-inch rectangles and creasing them with a bone folder, so the resulting cards are 4 by 2 1/2 inches. (You won't print directly onto the cards but onto a thin paper, such as Asian art paper, which takes the imprint better.)

  2. Step 2

    Using scissors, cut a rectangle of caning about 1/2 inch larger on all sides than the place cards. Place the caning, shiny side down, on a piece of scrap paper, and press a stamp pad onto the caning; transfer the caning to another piece of scrap paper.

  3. Step 3

    Lay a piece of the thin paper onto the inked surface, and press with your fingers to transfer the design. Remove paper, and let ink dry. Repeat imprinting process.

  4. Step 4

    Cut the printed papers to fit place cards, and use a glue stick to adhere them. Write names on strips of white paper, and glue them in place.

Martha Stewart Living, November 2008