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Hand-Bleached Place Mats

Create an artful backdrop for your dishes by dipping the edges of black bamboo place mats in bleach.

Source: Martha Stewart Living, November 2009


At each seat, an ear of dried miniature corn, its husks sprayed silver, unfurls elegantly on a platinum-rimmed plate and echoes the two-tone effect. Store-bought chocolate truffles shine with coats of edible petal dust and silver leaf.


  • Large rubber bands

  • Cylinder vase, at least 6 inches wide

  • Chlorine bleach


  1. Stretch 2 rubber bands around vase vertically, about 1 inch apart.

  2. Fill vase with 1 1/2 inches bleach. Set place mats (3 at a time), loosely rolled, into vase between bands.

  3. Let soak in a well-ventilated area until desired shade is achieved, up to 5 hours.

  4. Carefully rinse bleached area; lay flat, and let dry completely, about 2 hours. Repeat to bleach other side.

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