Friday, August 2, 2013

DIY Table Numbers

To add my own personal touch to our wedding reception, I decided to embark on one of my first DIY projects: making my own table numbers.

The project was easy, fun, and cost-effective. Whether you're doing a total DIY wedding or just want to add a couple of unique crafted items to your special day, these DIY table numbers will be totally worth your while!

 Here's what you'll need: frames, craft paper, spray paint, and numbers.

This is what I used:
· 9 IKEA Kvill Frames, $4.99 each. Go here and here to find the frames online.
· 9 sheets of craft paper from Michael's, priced roughly $.45 each. Our main colors for the wedding were aubergine and pewter; each sheet had a different pattern and had purple or gray coloring.
· 2 cans of spray paint from Michael's, $3.87/can. I can't recall the brand, but I got matte purple and matte gray.
· 9 mailbox post numbers (1-9) from Home Depot. $1.99 each. Go here to see which numbers I used (I think I found them on sale).

After you have gathered all of the materials, follow the steps below:

1) Separate front and back parts of frame, remove glass and set aside
2) Lie frames out flat on a cloth or something that you don't mind getting spray paint on
3) Spray an even coat of spray paint on the face-up side of each frame, using whatever color you desire
4) Let dry (read spray paint bottle for indication of dry time)
5) When one side is dry, flip it over and spray the other side, and allow that side to dry
6) Repeat as necessary until you get desired opaqueness
7) Cut sheets of paper to fit in frame
8) Replace glass in frame
9) Center number on top of glass, facing out. Make sure that it is placed correctly!
10) Lay paper behind number, with the pattern facing away from you
11) Close frame together...and you're done!

Total Cost: $4.99 (9) + $.45(9) + 3.87(2) + $1.99(9) = $74.61, or $8.29 per table number

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