Thursday, June 10, 2010

Chalkboard Table Numbers

Chalkboards are a popular way to add a personal touch to your wedding decorations, as they are great for creating seating plans and table numbers. This tutorial from Flights of Fancy shows you how to create a prettier version of chalkboard table numbers: faux chalkboard table number cards.

What you need:
• White Card Stock
• Ruler
• Stanley or X-acto Knife
• Cutting Mat
• Coloured Paper
• Corner Punch - plain or decorative (optional)
• Chalk
• Roll-On Double-Stick Adhesive or Glue


Step 1: Using your color printer, print the free template on white cardstock (click on this link to download the template). Once printed, trim the backer card along the cropmarks using a ruler and x-acto knife. Be sure to use a cutting mat – it cushions the x-acto blade and saves your surfaces from nicks and scratches.

Step 2: Cut a piece of colored paper to 3.5″ x 4.5″ – this will be your “chalkboard” surface. Of course, darker colors are better since you will be writing the numbers in white chalk.

Step 3 (optional): You can use a corner punch to give the “chalkboard” rounded corners. You could even use a more decorative corner punch to make it a bit more fancy if you’d like.

Step 4: Next, write the table number on the colored paper with chalk.

Step 5: Adhere your “chalkboard” surface to the backer card, using the lines on the template as a guide for the correct positioning. I always prefer to use a roll-on double-stick adhesive rather than double-sided tape or glue… it’s easier and less messy.

Step 6 (optional): For a finishing touch, use a corner punch to round the corners of the backer card.

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