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Basket-Weave Place Cards

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2008


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. 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. 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. 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. 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.

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