Vintage + Math = Our Table Numbers!

Bees, it has been WAY too long since I have completed a DIY project. Between starting a new job and the holidays (yes, I realize it has been almost a month since Christmas but I am still recovering from all of the festivities), my craft cabinet went a freakishly long time without being busted into! But no need to worry—the disturbing drought came to an end this past weekend.

In an effort to dip my toes back into the DIY pool instead of cannon-balling, I decided to take on a smaller project that I could likely complete with a quick turn around. The project that fit the bill: table numbers!

During one of my antiquing escapades, I came across vintage flashcards with basic addition, subtraction, and multiplication problems on them.I knew these were perfect for us because I have a nerdy love for doing basic math in my head, and Mr. D has a nerdy love for giving me math problems to do in my head and seeing how quickly I can do them (you don’t have to tell me, I know we’re cool). When I got home, I finished off my collection with an Etsy purchase of very similar cards.

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Vintage Flashcards by paintedpony99 on Etsy

Since the flashcards were double-sided, I had to come up with something to mount them on so as to not end up with very confused guests. I swung by Michaels on my way home from work (there is a Michaels about 30 seconds away from my new job”¦VERY dangerous!) and bought a bag of scrap wood and some sand paper because it looked a little rough. Now, I must admit that after a couple of attempts, I gave up on the sand paper. The wood was a little rough, but the paper was doing nothing to help the situation. It was, however, creating a huge mess of tiny wood dust. No thank you.

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I did make use of the wood. I started by painting one side of each of them white. And then painted the other side green (note: it takes a lot of paint! I was mixing a bunch of greens to make my own color and kept having to make more).

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I then decided to try out a stamp that I had in my craft cabinet. The edges didn’t come out quite as neatly as I first expected them to, but I decided this was a good thing because 1) it goes with our natural look and 2) it left a lot more room for small mistakes.

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I spent the next few hours stamping and watching Friends reruns, until I had fourteen checkered pieces of wood in front of me! Time for another admission: In my head I was totally thinking the stamp was gingham until I saw them next to a piece of gingham fabric and realized that it was not actually gingham, but rather checkered. My bad. Luckily, our wedding style involves lots of different patterns along with lots of different colors!

My next step was to Modge Podge them all. I went with the matte finish (I love Modge Podge and am readily stocked with glossy, satin, and matte finish—and yes, I’m proud) because I wanted it to look polished, but not too shiny.

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It was finally time to attach the cards. I used some Scotch Maximum Strength Adhesive because, once again, I happened to have it on hand. But after trying it out, I ended up buying more on my next craft store trip! From my experience thus far, it holds really well, does not make a mess, and is not ridiculously expensive. I highly recommend it.

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So, after a little maximum strength adhesion, here is the final product:

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Are you making your guests do a little work to find their seats?

What are you using to mark your tables?

*All photos personal unless otherwise noted.

BLOGGER

Mrs. Dalmatian

Location:
Nashville, TN
Wedding Date:
May 2012
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    Amanda E, Guest @ 9:44 am

    Adorable! The geek in me is absolutely nuts about this. :)

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    aardvark 1129 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:45 am

    This is SOO FUN! Great idea. :)

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    MissCarolyn 68 posts, Worker bee @ 9:57 am

    These are so cute! I wish I had seen these before our wedding, we had a vague mathy theme.

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    eagle 1552 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:00 am

    These are so cute! Your wedding is going to be awesome.

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    emilygrace07 1633 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:03 am

    Those are so cute! For future reference if you put a coat of primer on the wood before painting it will take a fraction of the paint to get good coverage. The primer seals the wood so it doesn’t suck up tons of paint.

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    mole 1242 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:30 am

    That’s such a cute idea for table numbers!

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 10:46 am

    These are adorable! I love the checkered pattern on them.

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    miss.qwerty 206 posts, Helper bee @ 11:05 am

    These are so much fun!

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    csulbchica 25 posts, Newbee @ 12:03 pm

    this is too adorable! i am an accountant so this would have been GREAT..too bad i have table numbers already….but really cute idea!

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    penguin 3472 posts, Sugar bee @ 12:09 pm

    This is SO clever!!!

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    Future Army Wife 2213 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:01 pm

    Those are so cute! I like the patterned back of the numbers.

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    Sunlavender 567 posts, Busy bee @ 1:13 pm

    Amazing! Wish I had thought of this before the wedding. Being a math teacher it would have ben perfect!

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    Seaside 691 posts, Busy bee @ 1:21 pm

    These are great! So creative

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    abby, Guest @ 1:58 pm

    I love it!

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    coyote 1615 posts, Bumble bee @ 4:54 pm

    Wow these came out great! Sooo cute!

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    hisbahamamama 994 posts, Busy bee @ 3:07 am

    I love the idea..the pattern..the custom green color…I can’t wait to see your tables….I want this now although I won’t have many tables or have a history with math

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    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:04 am

    O M G – these are one of the most unique table nubmers I have ever seen! Great DIY – what a fun way to find your seat!

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    All In 1550 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:15 am

    This is so cute! I’ve never seen it before–what a fun idea!

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    Angel, Guest @ 9:09 am

    These are really cute, and they seem to work well with your personality as well as if you have a math-centered theme about your wedding. People will expect something of this sort at a math-themed wedding. However, dont expect older people to be jazzed about it.

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    Table Numbers Take Two | Weddingbee, Guest @ 3:06 pm

    [...] be my strongest point, but I’m working on it!), but in other ways I am a perfectionist. So, when my table-number project was not settling well with me, I felt the need to redo it. I was still totally in love with the [...]

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