It can be difficult to find table numbers that both look good and are functional. You want people to be able to find their seats, but you don’t want a giant gaudy sign. These wine bottle table numbers are the perfect mix of form and function.
Step 1: Choose your bottles
First you’ll need empty wine bottles. Personally, I like the look of colored glass, so I used bottles that are tinted green. It really doesn’t matter the brand since you’ll be removing the labels next.
Step 2: Remove the labels
Getting the labels off your bottle can be a little tricky. I used some Goo Gone and a small paint scraper to assist. I soaked the labels in the sink with Goo Gone for about 15 minutes and then went to town scraping. Watch out for your fingers and only push away from you! To make things go quicker, I would also peel off any loose pieces with my fingers. After the labels are off, go over the bottles once more with Goo Gone and an abrasive scrubber to get any lingering glue residue off.
Step 3: Create the numbers
Now that you have plain and clean wine bottles, it’s time to add the numbers.
I used Photoshop to pick a font that had skinny and tall numbers. You don’t want something too wide, since your guests won’t be able to see it. I used the font “TradeGothic” and stretched it out to be extra tall.
You can download the set of my numbers here: Click to download.
I printed my numbers onto a thin cardstock. The paper was thicker than regular printer paper, but thin enough that it was easily bent. Next, I cut out the numbers, using an Xacto knife and ruler on a self-healing mat. Basically, I made a stencil out of each number.
Step 4: Apply the numbers to the bottles
I taped each stencil to a wine bottle using painter’s tape along the edges. For some numbers, you may need to put a little loop of tape on the inside to keep the stencil flat against your bottle. Double check that you like the positioning of the numbers before you start painting.
I used a white Martha Stewart craft paint for my bottles, but you could use any color and paint that’s made for painting on glass. To apply the paint, I gently tapped it on with a small craft sponge brush.
Step 5: Remove the stencil
After you are happy with the coverage, carefully remove your stencil from the bottles. You do not want to wait for the paint to dry before taking it off, or else the paint will peel off too. Plus, it’s much easier to fix any mistakes while the paint is still wet.
Wait for your paint to dry, and then you’re all set! Now you have fun DIY table numbers, and it barely cost anything!
If your venue allows candles, you could even get tapered candles to go in the bottle, or just add flowers. I love them surrounded by other flowers and votive candles. These table numbers are perfect for wine lovers or anyone having their wedding in a winery, barn, or other rustic setting.
About Lauren: I’m an adventurous and friendly red head living in upstate New York. While I have a background in Marketing and Communications, I am currently doing freelance writing and focusing on my own blog, The Thrifty Ginger. I love planning events and focusing on the little details, so stick around for fun projects. Follow me on