This week’s do it yourself tip is centered on how to create wedding reception table numbers by using fabrics that are not in use. Example, in every wedding, brides usually keep extra rolls of tulle, organza and satin. Instead of just throwing them away, why not use them as stylish details that will complement your elegant tablecloths? For this tutorial, we used organza chair cover sashes to create these classy table numbers.
What you will need:
1 small frame per table
hot glue sticks and a glue gun (also a pad to put the glue gun on while it’s plugged in, in case it leaks)
a small length of ribbon per frame
1 organza chair sash per 1-2 frames
1 cardboard or wood cut out of the number per table
Remove the glass from your frame, but leave the paper that comes in the frame.
You will glue the sash material to this paper so that you can later remove it and use the frame for wedding or family photos.
Remove the serged edge from the organza sash. You can cut them off. However, I prefer the rough edges caused by ripping them off. To do this, start the rip by making a small cut into the fabric then just rip down the length. Also make sure that you remove the serged edge from the ends of the sash as well. These I just cut off. The length of the sash that will be used will depend on the size of frame you are using.
Twist the end that you will attach to the frame first then add a bit of glue to the paper backing that is in the frame and press the twisted end into the glue. Be careful not to burn yourself with the hot glue with this first attachment. Hot glue is HOT, as I learned the hard way.
This next part is a little hard to explain. You will want to twist and bunch loosely your fabric and then glue it in places to the paper backing. Below are several photos of this process. In the final photo, do you see the final twist? This is a little tighter than the rest of them have been. Once you have the twist, place a spot of glue in the center of the frame and glue the end down making sure to press firmly so that it glues through the layers to the background. Then cut off any extra.
Now it’s time to start on the number. For this, you can either use a cardboard cut-out or a wooden number from a craft store. If you use a cardboard cut-out, make sure that you use a thick and sturdy cardboard so that it will not fold when wrapping it in the ribbon. Using a small amount of hot glue, attach the ribbon to the end of the number and wrap the number in the ribbon. Depending on the font that you have used for your cut out, you may have to use glue to attach the ribbon in several places along the wrap.
Run a bead of hot glue along the back of your ribbon wrapped number (or the wooden one you bought at the craft store) and press firmly into the center of the frame.
Finished Product: Wedding Reception Table Numbers