With around a month to go (yikes!), I have been in serious crafting mode. Here is my latest project, our table numbers:
I think the circles will tie in nicely with our invitations.
For this project, you will need:
- Pencil and clean eraser
- Card stock for main paper
- Card stock in accent color
- Circle template (any circular object)
- Paper cutter or exacto knife
- Corner rounder (optional)
- Hole punches- I used 1/8″ and 1/4″
- Double stick adhesive photo squares
I just can’t live without my clear graphing ruler… it is so useful for sewing and paper crafts!
First, I printed my table numbers out on letter-size card stock. I printed four to each page, spacing them so they would each be 4″ by 4″ squares after trimming. I used the font Gujarati MT for the numbers. If you would like your table numbers to be double sided, print two of each number.
Then, I cut 12″ x 12″ pieces of light blue card stock into 4″ x 4″ squares. Each 12″ x 12″ piece yielded nine squares. Then I rounded all of the corners.
I trimmed the numbers into 4″ x 4″ squares using my paper cutter.
You may notice that there is more space at the bottom of the number than the top. This is to accommodate the ring on the stands that our venue provides:
At this point in the project, you can punch holes into the card stock in whatever pattern you like. 🙂 I am too indecisive at the moment due to pre-wedding hysteria, so I decided to make guides for consistency. 🙂
First, I drew a 7/8″ border around each card. This was to serve as a guide, since my hole punchers wouldn’t go more than 7/8″ into the paper. I later realized that you can use eyelet setter punches that don’t have this limitation, but I found them hard to use and control, and used my old school punches instead.
Then, I rummaged around for some circle templates. I used a clear plastic ribbon spool and a wooden token leftover from the Michigan Beer Fest.
I used the two different circles to draw curved guides for the hole punchers, six total, three on each side.
I started off with the 1/4″ puncher, and spaced the punches as I went. I also rounded the corners.
The I punched along the remaining guides with the 1/8″ punch.
Next, I erased all of my pencil lines, turned the card over, and stuck adhesive photo squares to the back. Don’t put the adhesive on your colored accent paper, as you don’t want it to show through the holes.
Take off the wax paper from the adhesives and place your accent color paper to the card. Smooth down with a paper towel, so you don’t smudge anything. Voila!
If you are doing double sided numbers, repeat the steps for the number card, but use the accent color as a “sandwich” between both cards, so you don’t use more paper than you need to.
Phew! This project did take a little longer that I expected, as we did double sided numbers. The project was fun though, and I think they will look cheerful and whimsical on our tables. It would be fun to alternate accent colors behind different numbers if you have a large color palette!