DIY Tutorial: Wedding Reception Table Numbers

Summer brings wedding galore, and for us…that means party decor! We’ve been helping clients create gorgeous day of stationery and in the process have come up with some fun and festive table numbers that you can do yourself! We know that by the time couples usually think about reception stationery, they’re usually over their budget and are short on time. Luckily, these table numbers are not costly or time consuming. You could easily knock them out in an afternoon. There are endless options once you have the basics of creating them…so the only limit to the project is your imagination! We’ll show you three different styles to kick start your creativity. To complete your tablescape, we’ll also show you place cards to complement to each design. – Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Up until adding the actual numbers to the cards, the process is exactly the same. We will be making 5.5″ square tented cards (showing the pattern on both sides) and the size works perfectly with a standard 8.5″ x 11″ piece of card stock.

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Step One: Select your paper and cut the cards to size. Cut a rectangle measuring 5.5″ x 11″. If you’re using a standard sheet of paper like we did, that is only one cut (since the length is already 11″).

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Step Two: To make the tented card and have a clean fold, you’ll want to score the paper at the 5.5″ mark on a score board. Repeat steps one and two until you have enough cards to accommodate all of your tables (usually between 8-25 for a standard wedding).

Option One: Painted Script Floral

For the first version that we put together, we used our “Paloma” Blue Floral Card Stock and painted the table numbers (spelled out) in navy blue acrylic paint. The effect is playful and traditional at the same time.

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With a small pointed paint brush, write out the table number in cursive across the middle of the card. Go back over the letters, adding weight to the lines (as shown above). If you need help finding out where the weights should go or what shape to paint the letters, refer to a favorite script font or perhaps your invitation suite! That way, everything will coordinate.

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Option Two: Modern Neon Geometric

In this interpretation, we’ve put a modern spin on the technique. We used our “Geo” patterned card stock and wrote the number in a simplistic style to create the look. Pops of neon pink painted on help add some punch to the cards.

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First you’ll write the table number in the center using a permanent black marker. Fill in and bulk up the number as needed (shown above).

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Next you’ll add the final touch of neon using hot pink gouache. We painted into different shapes already printed on the paper making sure they all balanced with one another.

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Option Three: Autumn Garden Floral

For our final interpretation, we used our “Diana” floral card stock to create the perfect garden inspired table decor. The gorgeous rich shades of the pattern mean that this style would just as easily work for fall and winter weddings.

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With a small pointed paint brush, paint the word “TABLE” about 1 inch from the fold with white acrylic paint. Below that, in cursive, paint the word “Number,” trying to center it as much as possible. Finally, you’ll add the numeral centered below. Go back over the number, adding weight to the lines (as shown above). It would be extremely helpful to have these cards planned out on a separate sheet of paper before painting on the lettering. That way, you can know exactly how to center the text, and how large you should make it.

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Materials

Patterned Paper

Self Healing Mat

Craft Knife

Metal Ruler

Scoreboard

Acrylic paints

Permanent Marker

Anti­quaria is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beau­ti­ful work right here!

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Fabric Bar Tool Roll Up Pouch

I find inspiration for DIY projects all over, and this time it came in the form of the cutest little tea towel that I ever laid my eyes on. My little orange and strawberry-adorned find serves as the perfect starting point for keeping bar tools nice and organized: a fabric bar tool roll-up pouch! Make one for yourself, or grab a few of your favorite new or vintage tea towels and make a bunch to give as hostess gifts! –Mandy Pellegrin of Fabric Paper Glue

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Supplies and Tools

Tea towel
Marking pencil
Approximately 2′ of ribbon
Thread
Sewing machine

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Step One: With the towel oriented vertically, fold the bottom 7″ and the top 5″ towards the center of the back, and press.

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Step Two: On the bottom flap, measure and mark out 6 to 7 evenly-spaced vertical lines.

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Step Three: Stitch along the edges and marked lines on the bottom flaps to create pockets for the tools.

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Step Four: Stitch 1/2″ from the fold of the top flap in order to help keep the tools from falling out of the top of the roll-up.

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Step Five: Fold a piece of ribbon approximately 24″ long in half. Stitch the folded edge to the middle of one of the edges of the roll-up.

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Photo Credits: Mandy Pellegrin for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Color Dipped Picnic Bottles

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These DIY color dipped bottles from last week’s cocktail party picnic are such a fun way to add a dose of color to any party – and the DIY tutorial couldn’t be easier! I chose a few bright summery colors for our little picnic, but you could easily choose just two colors to distinguish cocktails from non-alcoholic drinks or fit in with your own party. I hope you enjoy making these as much as I did!

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Supplies and Tools

Glass swing bottles – Ikea has large 34 oz ones, or you can find a smaller 17 oz size here

Craft paint – I chose paints from the Martha Stewart Crafts collection since I liked the colors best (I used metallic rose copper, wild salmon, pool, and pollen) and it works on glass, but feel free to use whatever you have on hand

Paintbrushes

Painter’s tape

Rubbing alcohol (not pictured)

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Start by prepping your bottles by quickly wiping them down with rubbing alcohol. Then wrap the painter’s tape around the bottle at a slight angle to get a nice dipped look. Don’t worry if the tape bunches up as you wrap it, but make sure you press down and smooth out the bottom edge to ensure a nice clean line. Squeeze a small amount of paint (you really only need a quarter-size dollop) onto a paint palette or other surface.

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Apply your first coat of paint. You’ll get the best results by applying several light coats – and I found that each color needed around 3 coats to get to my desired level of opaqueness. You could also do this with spray paint (I’d wrap a plastic bag over the unpainted top of the bottle, under the painter’s tape), but I chose to use craft paint so I’d have more control and ability to avoid drips. Turn bottle over and allow to dry for 1-2 hours, then repeat for coats 2-3.

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After the desired number of coats, remove the painter’s tape – and voila! If necessary, use the blade of an exacto knife to gently scrape away any errant paint along the dipped line.

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Fill with your favorite cocktail or beverage – and enjoy!

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A quick note: I recommend making these bottles about a week ahead to allow time for the paint to cure, otherwise condensation from ice or cold liquids could cause air bubbles to appear beneath the paint or for some of the paint to peel away from the glass. So just plan a head if you think this is something you’d like to use for your own party!

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Photo Credits: Nole Garey for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Summer Air Plant Wreath

I’ve tried, for years and years, to keep plants alive in our home. I do great for about two weeks, then completely forget they are there (because they are looking so good and not sad yet!). So, typically, a plant will last about four weeks in our house. When I found out about succulents, I thought I had found my perfect pair, but no, sadly I can easily kill those too. And then air plants came on to the scene. I think I found something that I can keep alive for more than a few months now, usually. Sure, I’ve forgotten about one or two here and there, but most live a happy long life around here. I love that you don’t have to fuss with pots or really any container. They look great sitting on a stack of books, or just next to a candle. I’ve seen people mount them to a variety of things, so I thought we would give it a shot and celebrate summer with a fluffy green wreath. These little guys are perfect for wreaths since all you really have to do is mist them once in a while! Lauren

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Supplies and Tools

A variety of air plants, I purchased mine here

3 embroidery hoops

White fabric

Black sharpie

Feathers or any other embellishment you want to add

Scissors

Glue gun

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Instructions

1. While you wait for your glue gun to heat up, cut two strips from your fabric to create the banners. Use your sharpie to write in “Welcome Summer” or any other greeting. Sandwich the banner pieces into the embroidery ring, tighten and trim the excess fabric from the back.

2. Lay out how you’d like your air plants and feathers to look. Since each plant is shaped differently and fairly stiff, you’ll have to play around to fit them together like a puzzle.

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3. Glue down the bottom layer of your design. I attached my feathers first so you wouldn’t see the ends, and then the bottom layer of the air plants I chose. When glueing down the plants, put a dot of hot glue and wait at least 10 seconds before you attach the plant. If you don’t wait, you might burn the air plant. I basically waited until I could touch it, but it was still tacky.

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4. Continue layering in the plants until you achieve the look you are going for.

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You can attach a little string to the top hook and hang or just set on a table… however you’d like to display it. Change out the banners for different seasons, for wedding or party decor, or I even think they’d look great with just the air plants! How would you guys use them?

Photo Credits: Lauren Saylor for Oh So Beautiful Paper

DIY Tutorial: Autumn Floral Wedding Invitations

Summer may just have arrived, but in the world of wedding invitations, we’re already looking forward toward the autumn and winter seasons. We love this fresh take on an autumn color palette – mixing a dark watercolor pattern with lovely shades of peach, coral, and blush – for a beautiful suite of autumn floral wedding invitations and save the dates. It has romance written all over it! Bailey and Emma of Antiquaria

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Step One: For this design, we’re making a save the date and wedding invitation suite together. None of the paper came cut to size, so we had to cut the paper and cards ourselves. You can manually cut them with a self healing mat, kraft knife, and metal ruler or you can take everything to be cut at a local printer (the best idea for precision).

You’ll need these final paper sizes:

Save the Date – Java, 3.75″ x 5″

Save the Date Backer – “Zoe” Floral Patterned Cover, 4.25″ x 5.5″

Invitation – Milkweed, 5″ x 7″

Invitation Folder – “Zoe” Floral Patterned Text Weight, 10″ x 7″

Reply Card – Milkweed, 3.5″  x 4.875″

Reception Card – Old Lace, 3.5″ x 4.875″

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Step Two: Create your save the date. We embossed our Floral Calligraphy Save the Date design onto a Java card with black embossing powder for a great opaque look (see steps below). We also embossed our return address stamp on the back flap of our envelope. You will mount the Java card onto the patterned backer, using double sided tape or stick glue, making certain that the margins are equal on all sides.

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Stamp the save the date onto your card using black ink.

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Immediately cover the printed image with black embossing powder (best to do this step over scrap paper). Shift it around to cover the entire image and tap off  the excess.

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Heat set the design with an embossing heat tool.  For more information about this process, please watch our video tutorial found here.

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Step Three: Stamp all of your invitation suite cards. We used designs from our Floral Calligraphy Collection for this suite, including the Floral Calligraphy Invitation Stamp, Floral Calligraphy Reply Card Stamp and Floral Calligraphy Reception Stamp. We used black ink with the designs to tie everything together with the floral watercolor paper!

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Step Four: We love coming up with new ways to incorporate pattern and color into our designs. This patterned invitation “folder” is one fun way! Fold your 10″ x 7″ patterned text weight paper in half. Apply double sided tape or stick glue to the back of your invitation card. Stick it into the right hand side of the “folder” and press to adhere. The invitation card and right hand side of the folder should be the same size, 5″ x 7.”

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Step Five: Next, we’ll make our reply envelopes. Our return address stamp design didn’t include a name – but that’s okay! We’ll simply add one! With a black brush pen, we wrote the last name across the envelope, a little higher than center. Then we stamped our return address design in black right below it. Mission accomplished!

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Step Six: A monogram tag is a really great way to tie the suite together. And you can also use it at your reception and on personal stationery after the wedding! We cut out 2″ circle tags using a circle making tool (or using a circle punch). Then, we stamped our Floral Calligraphy Monogram Initial Stamp in black in the center. Finally, we punched a small hole in the top center so that we have something to thread our ribbon through!

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Step Seven: A big consideration for any invitation suite is how your are going to address them. We decided that a modern brush style in black would be fun with this design. After stamping our return address on the back flap, we addressed them using this calligraphy addressing tutorial.

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The Final Touches: To finish off the suite, we tucked all of the cards inside our “folder” and then tied it all up with some gorgeous blush colored tailors ribbon. Guests will feel like they’re opening a gift when they receive it in the post and get a small glimpse of the fun to come!

Materials

Stamps

Floral Calligraphy Save the Date Stamp

Floral Calligraphy Return Address Stamp, No.2

Floral Calligraphy Invitation Stamp

Floral Calligraphy Reply Card Stamp

Floral Calligraphy Reception Stamp

Floral Calligraphy Initial Monogram Stamp

Paper

“Zoe” Floral Patterned Paper-in Cover weight and Text weight

Java Cover Stock

Milkweed Cover Stock

Old Lace Cover Stock

Papaya A2 Envelopes

Java A7 Envelopes

Old Lace 4bar Envelopes

Other Items

Self Healing Mat, Kraft Knife and Metal Ruler

Double sided tape or stick glue

Circle Cutter or Circle Punch

Stamp Pad in Black

Embossing Powder and Heat Tool

Brush Pen

Hole Punch

Tailors Ribbon in Grecian Pink

Anti­quaria is a mem­ber of the Designer Rolodex – you can see more of their beau­ti­ful work right here or visit the real wedding invitations gallery for more wedding invitation ideas!

Photo Credits: Antiquaria for Oh So Beautiful Paper