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Paper-Boat Place Card

Paper-Boat Place Card

Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, 2005

Introduction

Set a shipshape table with seaworthy vessels whose sails designate younger guests' seats. Great for a children's table, these whimsical place cards require little more than kraft paper and a simple folding technique. Outfit boats with Life Savers candies and cast them adrift on blue napkins.

materials

  • Kraft paper

  • White paper

  • Scissors

  • Hole punch

  • Wooden skewer

  • White Life Savers candy

  • Striped twine

steps

  1. For one boat, cut out a 7 1/2-by-9 1/2-inch sheet of kraft paper.

    a101013_win05_pcardboat_1.jpg
  2. Fold paper in half end to end.

    a101013_win05_pcardboat_2.jpg
  3. Fold corners of folded edge down so edges meet at the center; crease.

    a101013_win05_pcardboat_3.jpg
  4. Fold up the top layer of the remaining rectangle for a cuff.

    a101013_win05_pcardboat_4.jpg
  5. Turn paper over. Fold up remaining layer for another cuff. Fold down the corners of both cuffs, following the angle of the triangle's sides.

    a101013_win05_pcardboat_5.jpg
  6. Pull long sides out so the bottom corners come together to create a diamond shape; crease.

    a101013_win05_pcardboat_6.jpg
  7. Fold up one bottom corner, making a triangle; crease.

    a101013_win05_pcardboat_7.jpg
  8. Turn paper over. Fold up remaining corner; crease. Repeat step 6.

    a101013_win05_pcardboat_8.jpg
  9. At the diamond's top, pull flaps out and away from center tip in a single smooth motion.

    a101013_win05_pcardboat_9.jpg
  10. Pinch boat's bottom edges and pull out so it stands. Write name on white paper; cut into a pennant shape. Punch two holes in pennant with a small hole punch; slip a wooden skewer (cut to a 5-inch length) through holes. Hold boat on its side and punch a half circle in center tip; insert skewer. Decorate boat with white Life Savers candies strung onto striped twine.

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