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DIY Series: Table Settings

April 21, 2009

If you’re just tuning in, welcome to the first ever DIY series. You can go here to read about what is going on and why there is so much purple hanging around, when its usually all green all the time. Today in the series I will be showing you some ideas for table settings. Aside from flowers, I think that table numbers are a great way to personalize things. So sticking with our theme of lavender & buttons I give you – wine bottle table numbers (and yes, I just might use that little jar of buttons in every picture, I almost can’t stand how cute it is). Here is what you’ll need:

Wine Bottle Table Numbers

  • Empty (or full) wine bottles – recycled bottles or some that you’ve used would add an eco-friendly touch
  • Heavy weight paper or card stock
  • Buttons
  • Glue Dots or a hot glue gun
  • Scissors or Paper Cutter
  • Ruler

First up, find a font that you like and want to use for your table numbers (I used Feel Script). You could also draw the numbers yourself, but my drawing skills leave a lot to be desired. Print out each number so that they are 4-6″ high.
Place the printed number on top of your card stock and trace with a pen. Make sure to press relatively hard – the idea is that it will leave a mark in the paper. It is a little difficult to see, but it should turn out something like this:
Then, simply use a pencil (or your pen, let’s not get particular) and fill in the indention that you just created with your trace.
Pick out some of your favorite buttons, they definitely don’t all have to be just alike or even the same color, and align them over the number you just drew. Using slightly different shades and patterns adds to the intrigue, if you ask me.
Once you have placed the buttons where you want them to be, use the glue dots to stick all of them on the paper. Prepare yourself for a lot of glue dot talk. I can’t help it.
After all the buttons are securely in place, measure about a quarter of an inch beyond each side of the number and cut the paper into a rectangle. Wait for the shocking confession – I then used (say it with me) glue dots to secure the paper to the wine bottle.
I always think that table numbers should be at least 5-6 inches high, as I hate walking around like a fool and squinting at each table to find my assigned seat. Those things can be hard to see in a dimmed ballroom! So for any double digit numbers, I would suggest two bottles of wine – one for the “1” and one for the “0.” It could add up, but if you start early enough you could save empty wine bottles and just use those. If you’re anything like us, you’ll have plenty by the end of the year! An inexpensive DIY solution for the centerpieces could easily be hydrangeas:
Depending on the season, you can get fresh stems of hydrangeas at farmers markets relatively inexpensively. I literally just put two huge stems into a vase, added the cute fabric as a linen, and that was it. You could also order them online, and although I’ve never done it myself I have heard good things. DIY Bride has some great resources for such things right here.
Thank you all so much for the positive feedback so far – I am so glad you’re enjoying the series! If you have an opinion and haven’t been in touch yet, I always love hearing from you. Leave a comment or send me an email to let me know what you think.

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