Make your own tablet weaving cards out of regular playing cards!
Tablet weaving (sometimes called card weaving) is an ancient type of weaving that uses tablets to create long narrow strips of fabric that are very strong. Supposedly plastic tablets can be purchased...but I have no idea from where. The original tablets were usually made of bone, horn, or leather, but one book I read mentioned more modern ones made of playing cards. Not only are playing cards cheap and easy to find, they are both stiff and thin, making them ideal for tablet weaving.
Step 1: Materials
Single hole punch - one that makes nice, smooth holes
Corner trimmer - found in the scrapbooking supplies
Metal ruler or straight edge
Cutting surface - cutting mat or cardboard
Optional: permanent marker
Step 2: Make a Square
Step 3: Trim Corners
Step 4: Punch Holes
Step 5: Center Hole
Step 6: Repeat
Step 7: Weave!
Other ideas: punch an extra hole in two of the sides for a tablet usable for 4-hole and 2-hole weaving, or use the discarded scraps of card to make tiny 2-hole tablets. Or cut the cards in a triangle for 3-hole tablets, a hexagon for 6-hole tablets, etc.
Note: if a card tears or is cut unevenly, toss it in the recycle bin. Don't bother trying to tape it together. The tape will curl and catch on your threads while weaving, and it's incredibly annoying. Enjoy!