If you're planning on having assigned seating at your wedding, you'll need a way to tell your guests which table is theirs. That's where table numbers come in. Sure, you can buy table numbers, but why not save yourself a few dollars and show off your creativity by making your own. This is actually a great project for the groom to get involved in.
It's time to take a trip to your local hardware store for all the supplies you need to make your DIY wedding table numbers. Shop the aisle with metal house numbers, and you'll find both traditional and modern styles. Once you have made your selection, collect the rest of your supplies:
- Wood blocks (once you know the height of your numbers, cut long planks of wood to the same size, or ask them to do it at the hardware store to save time)
- Sanding block
- Foam brush
- Wood stain (a small can is likely enough)
- Work or plastic gloves
- Old rag
- Metal house numbers
- Hot-glue gun and glue sticks
As with any project involving paint or stain, you'll want to protect your surface before you begin. You should also find a workspace where you can leave your project parts for a few days. The stained elements will need to dry overnight.
1. If your wood block is a little rough around the edges, it's time to sand! With a firm grip on the piece of wood and using a bit of elbow grease, use the sanding block to file any rough edges and nicks. Round the corners of the piece of wood using a bit more force with your sanding block. Brush off excess dust.
2. Dip your foam brush into the can of stain, wiping off excess. With long brush strokes, completely coat the wood block on each visible side, including the edges. (Protect your work surface with paper, and wear a pair of work gloves to protect that mani!) Let set for 5 minutes.
3. Use an old rag to gently wipe off the excess stain. Wipe off as much as you feel necessary to achieve the color you want. Repeat Steps 2 and 3 twice, resulting in three coats of stain, before repeating the entire process on the remaining unfinished surface. Let your stained wood blocks dry completely overnight. To allow both large sides of the block to dry evenly, try leaning the blocks against a wall at an angle.
4. Once the stained blocks are dry, hot-glue your wedding table numbers to the blocks. Avoid using too much glue so it doesn't squeeze out the sides. Press down firmly on each number and let dry. It should take only a few minutes.
Voila! Your wedding table numbers are done, and you've ticked off one more project on the to-do list. Here's a Pin-able version with all the steps and a finished image:
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