Small, thin shapes of wood
Metallic spray paint
Rubber stamps or paint marker
It’s not unusual to see a chalkboard at a wedding. One bride might write a loving message on some and then give them to the guests. Another bride might use small chalkboards as table numbers. Chalkboards are adorable in certain settings, such as weddings, but if you’re having an elegant wedding, an ordinary chalkboard won’t do. That’s why I recommend metallic chalkboards for the reception. They’re very easy to make and they give the tables an elegant look.
Chalk writes on many surfaces and many surfaces can be chalkboards. A piece of black vinyl, for instance, makes a nice table runner chalkboard, or a chalkboard place mat. Some other things that chalk will write on nicely include wood, cloth, and paper. Choose wood, though, and you’ll be able to make elegant table numbers and/or place markers.
Thin wood, found at a craft store, is going to look great as metallic table numbers. Look for it, sold in a bag of several pieces, in an aisle where other small wood pieces are sold. You can use your choice of shapes, including circles, squares, rectangles, squares or rectangles with rounded corners, ovals, or others.
Choose the type of metallic paint that you want to use. Some shades of metal paint include gold, silver, bronze, chrome, stainless steel, and copper. Primer each wood piece, and when that’s dry, paint it with at least one coat of the chosen metallic paint.
When the wood pieces are done, stamp a number on to each one, or use a marker to write the number. If the wood is being used as place markers use a fine tip marker to write a name.
There are various ways to display the metallic table numbers. One is to set a vase of flowers on each table and lean the number against it. Use a piece of double-sided tape on the back of the number so that it doesn’t move if jostled. Another way to show of the numbers is to use Scrabble tile trays. One tray makes two stands – if cut in half – and the stands are easy to paint with a shade that blends in with your wedding color scheme.
By the time you choose the shape of the wood pieces, and select the color of metallic paint, and then you decide on the color for the number, and how you will display each piece, you have thousands of choices for how you want the table numbers and/or place markers to look. Wow, that makes things easier, doesn’t it?