Wednesday, August 3, 2011

DIY Reception Decor: Table Number Frames

One of the things that I was most excited about with our wedding was the reception decorations.  Most of the decor we used was handmade by not only me, but Chris too!  This week I'll share with you step-by-step directions on how we made some of our reception projects.  

We designed table number frames to put on each dining table.  This way, people could find their escort cards and easily locate which table was theirs.  We found inexpensive unfinished wooden frames at Michaels' craft store.  Each one was only $1, and I loved their square shape.  

Step 1: Sand down the edges and corners of each frame.
Step 2: Paint each frame with interior matte latex.  We used Home Depot's Behr.
Step 3: Barely dipping a flat wide brush into white, dab off most of the paint.  Using soft, vertical strokes, dry brush white onto the surface of each frame.
Step 4: Ink a large rubber stamp using a fabric/wood friendly ink pad.  We used Stampin' Up!'s Craft Ink in white.
Step 5: Stamp design onto corner of each frame.
Step 6: Print off numbers and trim to fit frame opening.

Surprisingly, it was Chris' decision to paint the frames persimmon.  I was leaning towards our pewter gray color seen on our invitations, but I am so glad he convinced me to paint the frames the bright persimmon color.  The corally hue popped amazingly well against the navy blue table cloths, which you will see soon!

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