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Eggcup Place Cards

Source: Martha Stewart Living, July/August 1996


Surprisingly versatile, eggcups can be transformed into miniature vases and place-card holders. Use a set of matching cups for a uniform look, or mix and match for an eclectic table setting.


  • Hydrangea

  • Seam binding or ribbon

  • Eggcup

  • 2-inch Styrofoam ball

  • Pencil

  • Art paper

  • Hole puncher


  1. Cut the stems short, and tie them with seam binding or ribbon; place the bouquet in an eggcup with a little water, allowing the ribbon to trail out of the cup. This technique can be used with any fresh or dried flowers; for dried ones, don't add any water.

  2. The dried globe thistles are anchored in a 2-inch Styrofoam ball. Place the Styrofoam into the eggcup, and trace around the ball with a pencil. Cut globe-thistle stems to a 1/2-inch length, and poke them into the ball, using the circled surface as a guide.

  3. Lay a length of seam binding or ribbon into the eggcup, allowing the ends to hang over the edges, then place the foam ball or fresh flowers on top. For the name tags, cut out strips of art paper, and punch a hole at one end. Accordion-fold the paper, then write a name by placing one letter in each square. Thread the ribbon through the hole so that the tag falls alongside the ribbon ends. Place one vase at each guest's setting.

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