While looking for wedding decor inspiration, Meg and I were particularly drawn to the idea of table numbers. We didn’t really even need them because there wasn’t assigned seating. But they were just so darn cute, we decided to make some anyway. As was the case with all crafted wedding items, we tried to make sure that they would be easy and not too time consuming. Of course, inevitably, anything that you make for 20 something tables will take forever. Doesn’t matter how easy it is. We played with the idea of using card stock, paper, or frames, but finally decided that we wanted something a little more substantial. When we found some really cute wooden numbers at Hobby Lobby, we decided we had hit the jackpot. Ergo, our wooden wedding table numbers. These are actually really simple and don’t require many supplies.
Image by Abigail Seymour Photography
What you’ll need:
– Wooden numbers from Hobby Lobby. Ahead of time we just estimated that there would be 20 tables so we bought the necessary letters for that number. Be sure to write out all the numbers you will need before purchasing (1, 2, 3, …, 18, 19, 20). Do this carefully. I of course counted wrong and we had to go back to get some more 1’s.
– Wooden stands for # of table numbers. We needed 20 stands. Make sure your widest table number (ours was 20) will fit across the stand. We actually had to turn our stands upside down from how they were intended in order to make the numbers fit.
– Spray paint in color of your choice. As usual, we chose silver. Have we become predictable???
– 19mm x 12 mm (3/4″ x 1/2″) corner braces from Lowe’s. They come in a little plastic bag. Count how many braces you need based on how many individual numbers you have (NOT the number of table numbers). The brand we used was Stanley and actually came with little screws. Unfortunately, the screws were too long for our purposes, so you will also need…
– 6 x 3/8 flat phillips screws (ours were brass). Make sure that they have pointy ends so you will be able to screw them in with a screwdriver. You will need 2 screws for each brace.
– Phillips head screw driver
– Monkey glue (might be necessary)
What you’ll do:
1) Place a brace against the back of one of the numbers, lined up with the bottom edge. Screw the brace into the number. Keep an eye on the front of the number because you don’t want the screw to come all the way through the number and be visible. If the brace isn’t sturdy, put some monkey glue on the inside of the brace and hold to the number. Not too much. Again you don’t want it visible in the front.
2) Turn over the wooden stand. Place the number on top of the stand and line up so it is in the center (both from the front and side views). If it is a double digit number (i.e., 17), make sure to leave space for both numbers. Screw the brace (or braces if there are 2 numbers) into the stand.
3) Spray paint your numbers. Be sure to spray light coats so there isn’t any drippage, and spray all sides evenly, unlike how is shown in the picture below. Spray painting is not my strong suit.
And you’re done! Only 19 numbers to go! Here they are in all of their bridal beauty…
Wedding Images by Abigail Seymour Photography