7/7 Real Bride Laura: Frugal Frames for Table Numbers

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My wedding is 35 days away and I am officially over Pinterest. At this point in the game when I open my Pinterest app I start to experience a major case of FOMO and start to stress. “Aw aren’t those centerpieces so cute?” I say to myself. “I love that wedding favor idea! Should I change my planned hairdo and go with this trendy braided top knot?” No! Stop! It’s too late for me now! And this is why I have taken a sabbatical from Pinterest and gotten back to basics. Through my wedding planning I never figured out what I wanted to do for table numbers and since I have gone a wee over budget I was on the hunt for cheap but creative.

Michaels answered my crafting prayers and provided me with an affordable, easy and cute answer that I had been seeking. I found these sweet unfinished wooden plaques from (ArtMinds Heart Frame) with a heart cutout for a small picture — and best of all they were just a $1! After I went to TrueValue and picked up some chalkboard paint for $5, a couple $.50 cent foam brushes and metallic gold spray paint for $4. Lastly, I ordered a few sets of  wooden numbers that I liked from Amazon for $5.36 a set (Studio Calico 10-Piece Wanderlust Wood Veneer Large Bold Numbers Embellishments).


The unfinished $1 frame! Ignore the wood burned “1” — I had a crazy idea that I was going to wood burn all the numbers on myself. Then I came to my senses and said effffffff that.

The process of putting them together was really quick.
1) Spray paint the wooden numbers with metallic gold and let dry
2) Using the foam paint brushes, paint two coats of blackboard paint on the wooden frames (blackboard paint dries pretty fast so you only need to let the first coat dry for an hour before applying the second)
3) Once the spray paint and blackboard paint has dried, super glue the table numbers to the blank area on the frame
4) Cut out old cute pictures of you and your love and insert into the frame
5) DONE!

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A sample of the finished product!

I calculated each table number to have cost roughly $2.75. Not bad! My plan is to leave some chalk on the tables in front of the frame for people to doodle or write messages. I’ve already told a couple friends at different tables so people get it. I hope everyone enjoys my fun, function (and frugal) table numbers.

Laura Lewis is a super crafty Real Bride Blogger for The Broke-Ass Bride. She is a digital advertising professional, animal lover, craft beer enthusiast and amateur artist. When Laura is not obsessively browsing Pinterest for DIY wedding ideas she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and various elderly pets. Follow Laura and her adventures in commuting on Twitter @CtNYCommuteGal.