Shell Seating Card Holders

Martha Stewart Weddings, Volume 28 2004

Perfect for a wedding by the ocean, these scallop shells clasp table designations as if bearing treasures from the sea. Guests pull out their cards to discover their table numbers, which are hidden behind the shells.

To get the fan-shaped mollusks to stand, we anchored them in polymer clay, then baked them in the oven. The result is sturdy enough to last for years; encourage guests to take the holders home as keepsakes and use them to display photographs.

Tools & Materials
All the materials for this project can be found at a crafts-supply store.

Polymer clay
Plexiglas craft roller
1 3/4-inch oval-shaped cutter
Shells, attached as pairs, about 2 1/4 inches wide
Note cards

Card Holder How-To
1. To make the base, roll polymer clay to 1/4-inch thickness with a Plexiglas craft roller. Cut out base shapes using an oval-shaped cutter.

2. Place a note card in between shells, then insert the bottom of the shells into the clay. Remove card, and continue with remaining shells.

3. Bake in the oven, following clay-package directions. It's best to make several more holders than you need, in case a few shells close up too tightly after baking and resist opening.

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