Calligraphed table numbers are easy. Heat-stamped numbers on gorgeous velvet ribbons? Easy and seriously gorgeous. Wrap your vases with them for an elegant way to guide your guests to their seats.

Stamped Velvet How-To

1. Choose velvet ribbons that match the circumference and height of your vases. Trim each ribbon to fit around its vase with a 1-inch overlap.

2. Place the stamp on an ironing board, and lay the center of the ribbon, fuzzy side down, over the number.

3. Set iron to medium heat, and spray the fabric very lightly with water. Using even pressure, iron back and forth slowly until velvet is uniformly and firmly crushed (our ironing time was about 10 seconds).

4. Trim one end of decorated velvet with pinking or scallop shears. Wrap the fabric around the vase, so pinked edge is uppermost.

5. Secure with double-sided tape, attaching each end of ribbon to vase, and pinked edge to ribbon beneath.


Ribbons, from Hyman Hendler & Sons; 3 1/2-by-4-inch, 5-by-5-inch, and 6-by-6-inch clear glass cylinders, from Jamali Garden Supplies; oversize numeral rubber stamps, by Martha Stewart Crafts, from Michaels, for stores

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April 10, 2014
We love that you used our vases for this great idea. Get our 3 1/2 x 4 vase here: Get our 5x5 and 6x6 cylinder vases here:
April 17, 2010
Hi Ladies, I didn't find these stamps but I did find some that compare over at The Paper Source. They aren't Martha but they are 4" high and still pretty cute. Try searching online at their website :)
January 11, 2010
Let me know if anyone has found these stamps!
January 7, 2010
I can't find oversized number stamps anywhere! I've looked at Michael's as well.... I really want to use this idea for my wedding.... can someone help me??
November 8, 2009
I'm trying to do this ..but it doesn't seem to work.. I couldn't find the numbers at any Michaels Craft Store so I tried it using wooden numbers.. Maybe my iron isn't hot enough... Any suggestions? I'd really like to use this idea!!