Dina's DIY Wedding: Handcrafted table names

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My fiance and I love to ski, hence the reason we are getting married on a ski mountain in Lake Tahoe! We decided to forego table numbers and instead name each table after a ski mountain in the Sierra. I handcrafted rustic planks for a personal touch. This project takes a lot of patience, but the end result is so worth it!

Step 1: Get the materials

You'll need wood planks, a small jar of wood stain, sponge brushes, tape, sand paper or pad, a tube of acrylic paint and an alphabet stencil in the design of your choice (must be a material you can cut). I bought small 6 x 4 inch cuts of wood ( one for each table) on sale at Hobby Lobby for $1 each (steal)! I also got little easels on sale for $2 each at Hobby lobby -- I painted them white for a rustic look.

Step 2: Stain the wood

Be sure to get a stain in a color and tone that suits your style or wedding colors -- I went with a weathered gray color. A little bit of stain goes a long way, so I applied lightly using a sponge brush.

Step 3: Sand the wood

After the stain has dried (this might take a full day) sand the paint down to give the wood a distressed look.

Step 4: Begin the stencil work

I am using an alphabet stencil that is all capital letters, and one that can easily be cut into pieces.

Next, lay out the stencils and tape to secure. You may also need to protect the surrounding surface area of the wood so as to not to get paint on it. Using your acrylic paint and a sponge brush, lightly dab the paint onto each stencil.

Allow the paint to dry before removing the stencil. It's okay if the lettering isn't perfectly spaced and the paint isn't evenly coated. This just adds to the rustic design!

Step 5: Assemble the look

Once all the paint is dry, set the wood planks on the easel, and voila, you've got yourself a set of personalized, rustic table names! We will be placing these in the center of each table with a few of my handcrafted mason jars filled with flowers.

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