Hum, these could work, I thought.
I took my rotary cutter, ran a slice through the strings holding the place mats about every 2", and pulled them apart.
Very easy, and I have enough small stakes to last several growing seasons, all from just one of the mats. I still have two left. I'll keep them. Never know what use they may find.
This project took all of about 10 minutes. Once down to the last few bound sticks, just pull the threads off, and you'll make clean up time quite a bit faster.
And perked up after...happy.
This is the time of year I'd rather be traveling around with Cliff and Kindle, exercising my camera, and the less money I spend on things I need around the house, the more money I have to hit the road for short weekends here and there. Plus, it just makes me feel better to up-cycle. Or is this called a 're-cycle'. I never did figure that one out.