Carefully punch holes in your place cards outlining your guests' names with a compass or needle (put something soft behind it to avoid pricking your hand).

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Cross-stitch with colourful thread (visit coatscrafts.co.uk) and glue on a bright button to help the card stand up.

Place cards, £1.75 (pack of 10), and cotton thread, £4.99, paperchase.co.uk; Buttons, from £1.20 each, johnlewis.com

As seen in the March/April 2013 issue of Brides