If experienced an (entirely common) miniature meltdown at some point about all the things you’ve still got to do before the big day arrives and panicked ever so slightly at just how much everything costs… Well have no fear. If you’re still unsure about how best to ‘number’ your tables from a decor perspective then we have a beautiful and budget-friendly but oh so fun DIY project for you this afternoon. Enter glitter table numbers.
Actually it’s quite possibly the easiest D.I.Y project we’ve ever posted on Rock My Wedding…
Let’s get crafting!
What You Will Need:
Cardboard number/s, strong all-purpose glue such as UHU, glitter in colour of your choice, wipeable work surface, wooden spatula or glue spreader.
Step 1 – What’s Your Number?
The first step really, even before you collect all your ‘essentials’ together is to buy your cardboard shapes. I say ‘shapes’ because it really is up to you to choose what would best fit your overall wedding theme. Team RMW opted for numbers for this DIY but you can quite easily get hold of cardboard letters and even shapes (think hearts and stars) too.
We purchased our number ‘1’ from eBay but Hobbycraft provide 8 inch versions from £2.00. Yep folks completely cheap as chips!
Step 2 – Now It Gets Messy…
This is where the ‘wipeable work surface’ comes in handy because things are about to become very messy folks. Very messy indeed.
Taking your chosen cardboard shape, you’ll need to apply your super-strong all-purpose glue. I’m a fan of UHU because blinkin’ everything sticks to it and it dries clear but if you find that you’re a Copydex kinda gal or a PVA chappie then use whatever floats your boat.
It’s also worth applying said glue with a glue spreader or in my case an extra large lollipop stick so that you can be sure that the sticky stuff is evenly distributed and to prevent you missing a spot or two.
Top Tip: Only apply glue to one side or ‘face’ of your cardboard shape at a time to prevent the whole thing becoming one giant glue-encrusted nightmare!
Step 3 – Get Glitterific…
Now it’s the fun part! Time to get glittery folks!
I opted for golden glitter in this DIY project but of course it really is up to you to choose what colour/s you go for. Gold is always fun and looks uber kitsch when paired with hot pinks and candy colours. Silvers look super sophisticated next to icy blues and midnight shades and I can never say no to emerald green glitzy glamour.
Again we purchased our glitter from eBay but you can pick up bags and even giant tubs in a shade of your choice at any crafting store.
Sprinkle the glitter liberally over your gluey surface; the greater the volume of glitter, the better in my opinion as it prevents any bald spots appearing. Press the glitter lightly into the glue to ensure that it sticks.
Leave to dry.
Once dry shake the number gently to remove any additional glitter.
Top Tip: It’s worth choosing glitter that is composed of different sizes of glitter pieces to create extra impact. If you look closely at our glittery mess you can see that there are both large and small pieces of glitter in the same mix.
Step 3 – Repeat, Repeat, Repeat.
You guessed it.
Basically repeat steps one and two on each separate surface of your cardboard number…apart from the base that is as you’ll need that to be clean and dry to ensure that it stands up safely.
Top Tip: You’ll need to leave about 5 minutes between repeating the steps above for each side to allow the glue to dry properly. It’s also worth washing your hands to remove any extra glue from them which can pull off the glitter you’ve already applied to the cardboard shape.
Step 4 – And then you’re done!
Yep. That’s literally all there is to it.
All you need to do now is to style your glitzy number with the necessary accompaniments on your reception tables. We opted for a neutral candlestick, some blooms and a spotty plate.
Just make sure that your shapes are visible for your guests to see on your big day. It’s always worth propping them up on a few books or even some sawn logs for example to give them a bit of extra height to make them stand out.
So just how easy peasy was that?
Will you be trying this at home? Perhaps you’ll spell out the names of you and your beau for your top table? Or perhaps even use it as ginormous cake toppers for a special birthday…
We want to see pictures of your efforts folks!!!
All my love Lolly xxx