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Wood Wedding Table Numbers

June 12, 2015


Hi Friends! I’m starting a new series today, one I’ve wanted to start for months (well, technically, a year!) since our wedding day. Randy and I worked on a ton of Do-It-Yourselves projects over the course of our four-month engagement. I’m not the most crafty woman… but Randy’s a construction contractor so I figured we could figure out a lot of decor ourselves. We loved working on wedding projects together that winter and I’m thankful for an amazing fiancé (at the time, now husband!) who helped make my wedding dreams come true. 

First off, I’m going to share our table numbers! Our wedding theme was a mix of simple, clean, bright, colourful rustic. I love modern lines but the warmth of natural wood, which is why Fraser River Lodge was an easy venue choice for us. I wanted wood elements throughout our decor and table numbers were a great place to start. Randy started by cutting the wood blocks in the shop and creating a handy little stand for each block. (However, if you wanted a simple version, there’s no reason you couldn’t do without the stand – lean it up against a candle. If the wood is thick enough it’ll stand up!) 

Next, we sanded down every block and then stained them with a dark stain. 

While the blocks were drying, I created a document on my computer with the font type and size I wanted for each number. This is really important, because it’s the best way to get a uniform look to each table number. We figured out something really handy. Cut the piece of paper to the size of the block and then literally nail the paper into the block around the outline with small nails. When you’ve finished nailing all the way around the outside (and inside) of the number, just tear off the paper so only the nails remain.

Boom, easy!

Next, take your twine or yarn and tie a knot around one nail. You’ll want to crisscross back and forth all over the block, making sure to wrap around each nail at least a couple of times. It looks better if you make sure to get the outline as well in a solid line. As you try, you’ll see what I mean! It may be hard to tell from the photos. 

Randy and I got into a great system; he was nailing the papers then passing them off to me, where I’d tear the paper and start twisting the twine. 

Finished product! With two extra blank blocks in case anything happened to them in transport. I also had extra twine nearby to avoid any wedding day emergencies. The project, once we had the blocks created and stained, only took us a couple of hours together. Definitely a doable Saturday project!

This was our gorgeous reception room at Fraser River Lodge.

Our table numbers in action! Thank you to Lydia for these images. 


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