There’s something about table numbers that just suit a DIY so well. I’ve ranted before about my dislike for those white plastic cards on silver stands, so here’s another way you can make something pretty for hardly any cash and avoid breaking my heart. This DIY is so easy thank you to a couple short cuts, it’s perfectly customizable (imagine these in purple or yellow or pink), and while they have so much charm, they’re pretty neutral.
Here’s what you’ll need to make them yourself:
- Newsprint or low quality printer paper
- Spray adhesive
- Suminagashi Marbling Kit
- Coffee Stir Sticks
- Double Sided Tape
- Cutting Machine or Craft Knife and a steady hand
- Floral Centrepiece
Alrighty, the first thing you’ll need to do is marble your paper! I chose to use the black and blue inks to mix into a navy and complement with the true colours. If you’re new to paper marbling (us too!), this class from Creative Live was awesome. A couple of things with paper marbling… the cheaper the paper the better! Honestly, we tried nice thick paper first for a smudgy mess. Also- try work fairly quickly if you are in a room that has air flow- the rings won’t stay put for long!
When your marbled paper is all dry, give it a mist with spray adhesive and smooth it onto a nice, thick cardstock.
When you’ve marbled and adhered your paper, head to your computer and design your table numbers. We used Pic Monkey (a free online software) to create a transparent canvas and add the text lettering. The font we used is called Greatesque, but you could use any font of your choice. We wanted a thick, bulky letter that had connections. We chose to copy the text and paste it three times over, offsetting each to thicken the lines up. We worked in three numbers at a time, saving that image as a PNG before loading it into our cutting machine’s design software. If you are cutting these numbers out by hand (that’s how we did it before this summer!), just print it off at this point.
If you’re loading it into a design software for your cutting machine (we used the Cricut), load it in as a simple image, cut only. Stretch it to the size you like then hit GO! Load your marbled paper (adhered to the thick cardstock) to be cut.
When your design is all cut out, either by hand or by machine- you can attach the stir sticks using double sided tape. Now all that’s left is to put them into your floral arrangements!
What do you think!? Are you smitten with the marbling trend like we are? Would you ever try paper marbling as a DIY? We’d love to hear! If you’re not up for marbling the paper yourself, you can totally purchase it on Amazon pre-marbled.