D-I-Y Seating Cards & Table Numbers: Fun with Vellum (pt. 1)

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By Wedding Blog Contributor, Jeannine McGuire

Now, to some seating cards and table numbers may seem a tad bit unnecessary, but I hope when you’re done reading this you’ll be humming a different tune, plus they’re all budget friendly, which is a bonus in itself. You can get as creative as you like, you can use the whole idea or just part of it and infuse your own touches to create something that is all yours.

Let’s start with Numbered Lamp Shades. You’ll need:

– 8”x11” Medium strength vellum sheets (1 per table or wine glass); any color
– Scissors
– Glue stick or double sided tape
– Wine glass (1 per table)
– Wax or LED tea light candle (1 per wine glass)
– Lamp shade pattern (http://lib.store.yahoo.net/lib/bevfabriccrafts/pattern.pdf)
– Printer, Paint, Stencils, etc. to decorate

Step 1. Think of how you want to apply your numbers to the shade, do you want to paint them on? Stencil? Print? If you decide to print onto the vellum I discovered all the numbers and/or words need to be shifted to a 90 degree angle to ensure the proper placement, but remember the more you add the more shifting you’ll need to do to get everything on the shade.

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Step 2. Now, let’s trace the pattern onto the vellum. After all the patterns have been traced now it’s time apply the number in the center of the shade, according to your method. Now, cut out all the shades by following the pattern.

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Step 3: This is where everything is going to take shape! Apply a small strip of double sided tape or a thin line of glue to the straight ends. Line up each end and press to seal. If you chose to use glue stick you can leave them standing up to dry or place them directly onto the wine glasses.

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Step 4. Once dried (if you used glue) or after you sealed the tape, place a candle into the glass and cover with the lamp shade. You can make many variations of this shade by using decorative scissors or even a star hole punch to illuminate the room with tiny little stars and you can do the champagne glass variation of this shade by simply pleating the paper. They will be sure to make any wedding or event fabulous!

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Check with us for pt. 2 next week where we are going to work on Luminary Seating Cards!


biopic.JPGJeannine McGuire is a contributing blogger for the Wedding Blog. Newly wed herself, she loves to spend time with her family and friends, which include a vivacious Dalmatian and a very lazy lap cat.

3 Comments on D-I-Y Seating Cards & Table Numbers: Fun with Vellum (pt. 1)

  1. Jenn
    June 15, 2010 at 2:26 AM (10 years ago)

    I love how you make everything always look so simple and not to mention so elegant!!!!

  2. Jeannine Mills
    June 17, 2010 at 12:17 PM (10 years ago)

    Thanks Jenn! I’m glad you enjoyed it! Be sure to look for Pt. 2 next week, when we do Luminary Seating Cards!

  3. Jeannine Mills
    June 17, 2010 at 12:19 PM (10 years ago)

    Thanks Jenn! I’m glad you enjoyed them! Be sure to check back next week when we do Luminary Seating Cards!

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