I saw this idea on Martha Stewart Weddings’ website, but I thought that it would be fun to go out, have fun and personalize this DIY post the best way we know how … by going on a tour of the Hill City itself. After perusing the downtown area and the historic districts (with my 9 year old son who was a great help in finding the numbers!), I came up with the numbers 0-9 that can be used to make unique table numbers for your wedding reception.
This is a fun way to incorporate your hometown or even places that you and your fiance’ frequent. Take photos of the numbers from your favorite restaurant, where you met, the proposal location or even places you lived when you were growing up. The possibilities are endless, but the end result is the same … an adorably different way to mark your reception tables!
This full set of photos is available on Flickr, so feel free to view the numbers there. The photos on Flickr are labeled as to what streets the numbers came from, and you will see that I tried to incorporate some of the most important streets in town. Enjoy this fun DIY post!
This is the sampling of our Flickr set of photos that I found in Lynchburg. Feel free to download these, or have your own fun evening of hunting for the perfect numbers.
You will need to take photos first, and have them printed. If you want double sided numbers (as in a number on each side of the card), be SURE to print out two of each number. Try to estimate the size table number cards you desire. I printed these out to be a 4×6 size, yet I did some trimming after they were printed. The supplies you will need are: your printed photographs, thick scrapbooking paper (I purchased mine at Michael’s), a paper trimmer and double sided tape (scrapbooking tape works well for this).
Begin by folding your paper in half. I purchased 8.5″ x 11″ paper and folded it into an 8.5″ x 5.5″ card. Then place your photo on top of it to see how much of the paper you will use as a trim. You can cut your photograph if necessary … I did trim! Here there is about .5″ of the green paper trim around the edges. This will help you determine where to make your cut on the paper.
Proceed to cut your paper. My blade was very sharp, so I decided to cut the paper while it was still in half, but you may need to open the paper and cut it as a single sheet if your blade is dull.
Take your double sided tape, and use it to adhere the number to the cardstock paper. Turn the paper over and repeat if you are making a double sided card with a number on each side.
Once you affix the number to the front of the cardstock, you can run a thin line of tape along the inside edge of the fold so that the card will stay folded once it is put into place.
Stand your card up and admire how adorable this will look on your reception table! I love how the “6″ seems so 3-d due to the shadows and the time of day I took the photograph. This “6″ was from a building on Rivermont Avenue in Lynchburg. It has a very Art Deco feel to it.
Here is a sampling of the finished table numbers. Remember … they all do not have to be uniform in size and shape because they will be on different tables. The “9″ here is slightly skinnier due to the styling of the number.
That is a darling project, isn’t it? I know a lot of you scrapbooking and crafty types can take this DIY a bit further by adding embellishments and fun flairs of your own. An alternative could be to place each number in a frame instead of adhering them to cardstock. Martha Stewart Weddings suggested using mat board (used in framing), which would offer a heavier weight for outdoor weddings.
If your table numbers enter into double digits, just put two of our numbers together, or have fun hunting for combinations such as “10″ and “17″ on your own … trust me, this is a challenge! Hopefully I have inspired you to add a hometown flair to your wedding, and I am looking forward to sharing more hometown DIYs with you in the future.