Hi guys! As promised, I am back to tell you how we made our wedding table numbers. I will also be sharing the secret to making them freestanding easels as I’ve been asked a few times now…
So my inspiration for the table numbers came from those adorably rustic vintage school slates. I originally planned to collect enough to prop them up as table numbers. Well, I found two. And then stopped. Twenty slates seemed like an excessive amount to seek out.
After collecting more than enough silver pitchers and aqua mixing bowls for the centerpieces, I figured it was time to straight up DIY something. And in this case, definitely more cost-effective too.
With the style of the vintage slates in mind, Ryan cut plywood into twenty 5×7 pieces. He then stained each walnut. I love the color choice as it warmed them up just right.
He left me to the chalkboarding part. I taped off an inch border on each board and painted the centers with chalkboard paint.
The internet is filled with chalkboard projects so I’m sure I don’t need to go into much more detail.
Speaking of the internet, this is the point where I started shopping online for little picture easels to buy individually. I quickly found that it was going to run at least another $100 which seemed unreasonable for table numbers.
Enter Ryan again. The man with the plan. Refreshed and recharged from his bachelor spa weekend in Woodstock. Riiight.
Anyway, his big secret to the freestanding easel…
drumroll…PVC insulated industrial staples.
Just hammer it lightly in the back, don’t staple it. These are intended for electrical use but sure do double nicely as an indiscreet easel! I also like that they are permanently attached as it was one less thing to keep track of in wedding planning & packing.
Plus, I will be using these chalkboards as price tags/signs at popup vintage markets moving forward.
So that is the answer to the million dollar question, my friends.