First off, congratulations! You’ve found that special someone to share your life with and are ready to start thinking about the details for your big day! Or you’ve already begun planning and are looking for some fun, easy DIY projects to add that extra-special, personal touch to your decor.
Throughout my many mindless hours scrolling through Pinterest, reading craft blogs and getting fun ideas from clients, I was able to compile a list of pretty amazing DIY wedding projects that are easy and budget friendly. One of these projects (which will make its grand debut at my wedding!) is a DIY Seating Chart Frame. Below you'll find my step-by-step process on how to create this fun piece of decor for your wedding!
Step 1: The Materials
Most of the materials needed for this project are things you may have laying around the house like scissors, a ruler and a pen or pencil. Other materials like the matte card stock paper, seating chart frame and hanging clips are materials you may need to go out and purchase. Stores like Staples, AC Moore and Jo-Ann Fabrics should have everything you're looking for, but if you're like me you'll end up leaving with a few extra treasures! The frame shown above was on sale at Kohl's, but if you use a coupon it's an even bigger steal! Once you've gathered all your materials (don't forget that cup of coffee...or tea!) it's time to get to work!
Step 2: Make your measurements
To get started, you'll first need to know how many tables will be in use at your wedding reception. This will determine how many table assignment prints you'll need to design and how many will be able to fit in the frame.
Once you know how many table assignment prints you'll need, next is figuring out what size to make each print. An easy solution is to cut scrap pieces of paper to your preferred dimensions (I used 4in x 4in and 4in x 3in) and set them up in your frame as you would with the final table assignment prints. This will help you visualize if the prints should be larger or smaller.
Step 3: Time to Design
Now that you know what size to make your table assignment prints, it's time to start designing! A good starting point is to have your wedding invitations or wedding inspiration photos on hand (Pinterest anyone?) as you begin thinking about what style you'd like.
The prints can be designed in almost any computer image or text program like Microsoft Word or Adobe Illustrator. Your computer should have many different font styles to choose from, but if you're looking for more options you can check out this free font website, Dafont.com - just make sure the font is available for personal use!
A few tips when creating your table assignment prints:
- the text alignment tool is your friend! this tool will make sure all your text is aligned to how you prefer
- the smallest recommended text size is 12 points - any smaller and the text may be too small for your guests to read (and find where they are sitting!)
- adding some color into your design is a big plus and will tie in your wedding colors beautifully!
Step 4: Print & Trim
Once your design is complete, it's time to print! Before printing on the final "good paper", we recommend printing on scrap paper and setting the prints up as you would on your wedding day, just to make sure they look perfect!
If your designs get a thumbs up, then they're ready for the final print! For best quality, print your seating chart on matte card stock (standard resume paper) as it is thicker and has a professional feel. After your design has printed, you can cut the prints out using scissors or a large trimmer similar to this found at Michaels Craft Store for a more precise cut.
Step 5: Display
Hooray! Now it's time to take a peak at how your design looks all set up. Pulling out any wedding decorations that will displayed with the frame is a great idea to really set the vibe and get you even more excited for your big day!