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Wooden Seating Cards

Martha Stewart Weddings, Fall 2004

Show your ingrained sense of style with seating cards crafted from paper-thin wood veneer. These inexpensive sheets are pliable enough to fold and cut easily into delicate shapes; the elegant graining makes a distinctive canvas for calligraphy. We used craft punches to create maple and birch leaves.

Wooden Seating Cards How-To
One 81/2-by-11-inch sheet of two-ply foldable wood veneer in short grain (running side to side) will make 4 tented cards. We used bird's-eye maple for cards and red cedar for leaves (aspen and basswood also work well). For cards, divide sheet into quadrants and cut with a utility knife and ruler; fold pieces in half. Use craft punches to cut leaves; attach with peel-and-stick glue dots. Write names on cards, table numbers on leaves.

Comments (14)

  • 11 Jul, 2011

    I found my wood veneer sheets at www.mcmahonfivedesign.com. I was able to run mine through my laser printer without any problems at all. They turned out beautiful! Thanks for the fantastic idea!

  • 26 Jan, 2011

    I love this idea for my a wedding, but can't find the wood veneer. Can anyone tell me where I can get it. Thanks

  • 11 Oct, 2010

    I think this are so cool! I found a wooden invitation in "The DIY Bride Crafty Countdown" by Khris Cochran. They say you can put the veneer through a printer as long as you "orient all veneer pieces so that the "bendy" direction is parallel to the paper feed direction of your printer's roller." I haven't tried it yet, but think I might!

  • 15 Aug, 2010

    I absolutely love these, but don't want to hire a calligrapher to write the names. Has anybody been able to do this, but using a printer instead of writing?

  • 10 Aug, 2010

    Thanks it does help

  • 8 Aug, 2010

    I found the paper at www.lenderink.com, just a heads up if your order is under $300 they charge $50 small order fee. We ordered 45 sheets total and it cost about $160 with the fee. They are a very nice company and the cheapest we could find. Hope this helps :)

  • 28 Jul, 2010

    Can someone tell me where they found the wood to do this. Thank you

  • 8 Nov, 2008

    Here is an additional site which has the stationary. http://www.cardsofwood.com

  • 20 Oct, 2008

    I absolutely love this idea! My fiance's last name (my soon-to-be last name) is Greenwood. We are making this our theme, choosing colors that are chocolate and green w/ pops of fall coloring. We are also getting married October'09. This would be ideal for seating or like mentioned earlier to indicate food being served.

  • 5 Apr, 2008

    I love these....where can I get them?

  • 28 Mar, 2008

    Thumbs up from this caterer! These leaves could be used to indicate entree reservations to waitstaff. For example, the birch leaves could tell us "beef" and the maple leaf could tell us "fish". Helps meal service go smoothly and quickly.

  • 23 Jan, 2008

    I haven't purchsed from this website yet, but it appears to be pretty user friendly. http://www.lenderink.com/paperwood/order.htm

  • 23 Jan, 2008

    I haven't purchsed from this website yet, but it appears to be pretty user friendly. http://www.lenderink.com/paperwood/order.htm

  • 3 Nov, 2007

    Where can I purchase the sheets of foldable wood veneer?