Table Numbers: (Finally) A Success!

Hive, I love you guys. And because I love y’all, I’m going to share the entire process of making our table numbers. Instead of just saying, “Hey, look at this super-cute project I did and how great it turned out,” you guys are going to get the good, the bad, AND the ugly. Maybe that’s more of a punishment than a treat, but either way, I’m sharing it all!

The table number process started a few weeks ago when I shared my inspiration with y’all and asked for your suggestions. A lot of you liked the blinged out numbers with rhinestones, as did I, so I was on the lookout for something super sparkly I could DIY. About a week ago, Style Me Pretty posted this super-cute birthday party, complete with lots of sparkle. One of the images was this glittery gold number four, and it was exactly what I had been looking for/didn’t even know I was looking for until I found it!

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Image via Style Me Pretty

After a quick Google search, I found that these numbers could easily be attached to wood bases, allowing them to stand up and serve as the perfect table number, so I set off to gather my supplies and make my own. I started with wood numbers and bases, Glitter Blast Glitter Spray (which I read could work wonders), clear sealer, and my trusted glue gun.

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I chose Diamond Dust for the glitter color, hoping for a nice sparkle and shine that would accent our white wedding centerpieces, but unfortunately this is not the result I got. After attaching the numbers to the bases with my hot glue gun, I took them outside to start painting.

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The result was terrible. Not only was the coverage very, very minimal, but I found out how finicky the paint was about bubbling and dripping if you don’t move fast enough aren’t a very good spray painter. After doing a little more research, I realized I had picked the one color of Glitter Blast that was meant to be more of a top layer, and had no color of it’s own. Perfect. So I pulled out a can of white spray paint I already had to create a base, and then sprayed the glitter on top of it. The result was much better…

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A little texture, but not much sparkle—I should’ve taken the “dust” part more seriously.

…but it just wasn’t enough glitter for me. Honesty, looking back at the pictures it was hard for me to tell which was just the white base coat, and which had glitter. I was really pretty disappointed. I didn’t want to do red glitter numbers—too “Dorothy’s slippers” for me—and the white wasn’t working, so I wasn’t sure where to go next.

I headed back to the craft store to check out the other options they had, and the silver option caught my eye. Our ballroom will have silver and gold Chiavari chairs, and I’m leaning toward silver chargers for the table, so the silver numbers could definitely work! I purchased a silver base coat (just to be safe) and the silver glitter and headed home for round two.

I tried out the new stuff on the messed up “5″ just to be safe, and ohmygosh you guys—the result was so much better. The silver coat by itself had so much coverage, and the glitter on top of it looked fantastic. It even hides the flaws from the previous coats really well.

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Round two!
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Left: silver base coat, Right: base coat + glitter

I let them dry for a day or so (while repeatedly going outside to check them out in different light) and then sprayed on the clear sealant to hopefully avoid glitter all over our guests’ carefully chosen dinners.

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Look at that glitter!

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The store was out of a few numbers, so I had to special order them and will continue to paint them as they come in. I ordered another “5″ just to be safe! I really think when these are paired with the entire table setup they are going to pop in the best of ways. I’m considering even adding another coat of the glitter spray if I have enough at the end.

OK, guys—what do you think!?

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Mrs. Coach

Location:
Dallas
Wedding Date:
October 2012
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    Mrs. Dragon 814 posts, Busy bee @ 3:21 pm

    Cuuuute! I hand-painted an ampersand with silver glitter and looking at this, I really should’ve used spray paint! :D

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 3:31 pm

    Super cute! All the effort was worth it!

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    genie 723 posts, Busy bee @ 3:38 pm

    Very cute! I’m glad you stuck with it until you got what you wanted! Now, I’m wondering if I can make glittery bookends like this for a post-wedding project!

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 3:45 pm

    They’re perfect. I really like the shape and altough not a fan of silver I like the color and texture you ended up with.

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    Beast 28 posts, Newbee @ 3:49 pm

    This is one of the cutest ideas for table numbers I’ve ever seen!!! So awesome!

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    mswizard 554 posts, Busy bee @ 3:50 pm

    Ohh I love those!!

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:39 pm

    I’m also using wooden table numbers – though ours will hover above the centerpieces – and plan to give them a hint of glitter.

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    msfairy 976 posts, Busy bee @ 5:44 pm

    I love these!! They are so adorable and look very similar to the ones we used – now I wish we had made them instead of buying :)

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    beanstalk 770 posts, Busy bee @ 5:50 pm

    super cute! Everything looks fabulous covered in glitter!!!

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    lilacviolet 953 posts, Busy bee @ 6:06 pm

    I’m doing these too! I think I am going to paint them with glittery paint though instead of spray painting.

    I never even thought about bases for the numbers! Good call.

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    sunhat 1453 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:20 pm

    These are awesome. I ran into a similar issue and glitter blast is the way to go!

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    miss.sarah 49 posts, Newbee @ 6:22 pm

    I used wooden table numbers on plaques too…but I decided to paint the number a different colour to the base which was rather time consuming – yours turned out beautiful in the one colour :)

    The only problem with mine was when I started gluing the numbers onto the bases – I accidentally bumped one as they were drying, and they all fell over like dominoes! After re-gluing (and almost not breathing!), they’re stuck as stuck now!

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    mscoach 130 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:30 pm

    @Miss Beanstalk: I totally agree :)

    @miss.sarah: I’m glad you were able to get them all glued! I had one number that was NOT wanting to stick to the base and I have no idea why! DIY problems :)

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    sword 1029 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:13 pm

    these numbers rock! Good work!

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    castle 1191 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:21 pm

    Omg those are so awesome!

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    MrsPeachMartini 679 posts, Busy bee @ 5:55 am

    LOVE these!!! So you just used hot glue?? I wonder if it would work with black paint/black glitter…… hmmmmmm

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    steph01924 308 posts, Helper bee @ 6:11 am

    Those look great!! Love the sparkle.

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    mzjynxie 784 posts, Busy bee @ 6:35 am

    So incredibly awesome! Good job :)

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    anjanette.thomas1 166 posts, Blushing bee @ 6:54 am

    Love them! I might have to steal this ideal..

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    lmc09d 36 posts, Newbee @ 7:46 am

    Love these! Where did you buy the bases??

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    coyote 1611 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:59 am

    WOW… These are amazing!! I love the sparkle.

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:24 am

    LOVE these!!!

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    Courtney, Guest @ 11:13 am

    Does the spray sealant take away from the sparkle? I used spray glue to seal the glitter and it made the glitter look flat. No sparkle at all :( Is the sealant you used the way to go?

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    superduperbrit 2466 posts, Buzzing bee @ 12:12 pm

    Those are outstanding!

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    msgiraffe 4248 posts, Honey bee @ 1:36 pm

    Those ended up look great! I love them! Awesome, awesome, awesome!

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    jacofblues 1468 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:41 pm

    OMG! If I didn’t already know what I was doing for table numbers I would totally steal this idea! I love these, so beautiful!

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:02 am

    They turned out awesome!

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    mscoach 130 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:10 am

    @MrsPeachMartini: Yes, just a dab of hot glue did the trick! I’m sure you could make the black glitter look great!
    @lmc09d: I found the numbers and bases at Michaels – the bases are SUPER cheap!
    @Courtney: I would recommend the clear sealant – I really could not tell any difference with the way they look, but it definitely held on to the glitter and kept it from making a mess!

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    mscoach 130 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:12 am

    For anyone who’s curious – the “after” pictures at the end are WITH the clear sealant, so that’s the texture and sparkle you will have with the sealant applied!

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    Bridgitte, Guest @ 11:49 am

    Absolutely beautiful!

    I ordered these (http://www.etsy.com/listing/105135118/set-of-10-silver-bling-4×6-frames-table) for my table numbers and I’m almost afraid they won’t be delivered timely as the seller has been unresponsive.

    Your DIY would make a great alternative and would definitely be cheaper. Thanks for posting about your process including the pros and cons.

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    pinkglittergirl 313 posts, Helper bee @ 3:55 pm

    absolutely love them! what store did you get the numbers? I would love to do this too

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    thescooter, Guest @ 4:17 pm

    try http://knotjustfurniture.me/ for rustic farm wedding table and country reception ideas. 215-843-0313 phila, pa. yes they ship to many locations.

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    thescooter 10 posts, Newbee @ 4:20 pm

    try http://knotjustfurniture.me/
    take a look!
    knot just furniture atlas wood products
    phila, pa 215-843-0313 for rustic wooden farm tables and country reception ideas.

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    madtowngirl 1787 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:59 am

    Beautiful!! Our cake toppers (our first initial + last name initial) used this process and I love them too. Doing crystals was just way to much time and patience for me! Love your numbers!!

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    cleblanc 32 posts, Newbee @ 10:14 am

    these look great. you got them at micheals?

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    Girl, Guest @ 10:18 am

    Where did you get those numbers?

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    MrsFarmer0607 1 posts, Wannabee @ 7:41 pm

    Wow! These look great! I’m planning on doing something similar but with gold (like the picture you posted from Style Me Pretty). I’ve just started to gather my numbers and am so excited to get started! Thanks for posting this!

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    AnnMattis, Guest @ 9:50 am

    Wow they look great!…have all my supplies, went and exchanged a few cans…but I am using the large paper Miche numbers..hoping it looks great as well!..wish me Luck!

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