So, my mom had these cans hanging from strings in her garage. They were all connected to this long, beautiful, rustic-looking branch. This, with the idea that flowing ribbons are just cool, spawned my idea for the rustic seating chart we’ll be crafting today. My cousins actually had an outdoor rustic and boho style wedding, and they had ribbons and baubles hanging everywhere. The effect was so neat; I often want to recreate this kind of imagery in my crafts! With this seating chart, your guests will find and unclip their seat numbers and enjoy the lovely, as well as useful, decoration that you made with your own two hands.
- Clothes pins
- Ribbons (multiple different types)
- Long branch
- Hot glue gun
- Card stock paper
- Permanent marker
- Accessories (I used silk flowers)
Step 1: Cut the Ribbons and Wrap Them
Cut your ribbons to reasonably long lengths. I cut mine in different lengths, while keeping them long enough to hold all the guests’ names and accessories. I also wanted them to be long enough to flow in the wind (because that’s just pretty).
Then, wrap a piece of ribbon around your branch.
Step 2: Glue the Ribbon(s)
Glue the ribbon to itself on the underside of your branch. The underside is whichever side is not going to be the top. You’ll hang your branch or display it on a table, so you want all your ribbons to hang from underneath the branch.
Continue gluing your ribbons on, keeping them about an inch or two apart depending on your needs.
Step 3: Cut Table Cards and Name Cards
Prep your table number and name cards by cutting two different sizes of card stock. Cut out however many of each you need.
Your table numbers will be bigger and the guests’ name cards will be thinner.
Step 4: Write the Table Cards and Name Cards
Label the table numbers on your bigger pieces of cardstock, keeping a blank space on the left side.
You can either use permanent marker like I did or get fancier. You could have them printed or even hand done with calligraphy.
Then, label all your guests’ names and their seat numbers on the thinner cardstock pieces, also keeping a space to the left side.
Step 5: Glue the Table Cards
Glue your table number cards on the back side of your branch, making sure the front faces forward.
You’ll want to put the glue where you left that blank space (cue T-swift) so that you won’t be able to see any of it.
Step 6: Attach Name Cards
Use your clothespins to pin the guests’ name cards on their respective ribbons.
The whole point here is to place your guests in order of seat number on the ribbon underneath their table number card. The entire thing works like a sort of graph and hopefully makes it easy for your guests to find their seats.
Step 7: Decorate as You Like
Now, pin or glue your accessories onto the ribbons randomly and in-between the guests’ name cards.
All that’s left is displaying your masterpiece. As you can see from my pictures, this works great displayed on a flat surface such as a table, but it would also look great hanging by ribbon from a beam or against a wall.
This seating chart idea can go in so many different directions. For a beach wedding, you could clip on seashells and coral. For a book-themed wedding, you could pin pages. For a winter wedding, you could clip snowflakes and ornaments.
The list goes on and on. This would be really cute background décor for a wedding shower as well. So, I hope you enjoy this cool, funky, rustic, and all those other adjectives, seating chart!