Table Years (paper time pt 2)

Still printing, cutting, embellishing away.  I am so happy to have this little project done.  It has been on my TO DO list for nearly a year.  I knew I wanted our table numbers for assigned guest seating not to be just functional. I wanted them to be a little fun, and represent “us.”

The years of our lives…

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With bonus factoids 🙂

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An easy enough project, inspired by other pictures I’ve seen with actual table numbers to represent the couple’s age at that point (e.g., table 1 – the bride and groom at 1 year old).

But when it takes you 5 decades of living to find your mate, years just seemed a better choice for us. Besides, we selected years that represented milestones in our lives (born, first day of school, graduations, etc.).

The hardest and most time consuming part of this project was selecting just a few photos to represent our life up to the point we met and fell in love (awww).  We spent an evening down memory lane, and made a deal that each would select their own.  

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I had purchased Tolsby frames from the classifieds for about $1 each.  These frames are perfect for this project in that they are two sided -so two pictures (one bride, one groom) per frame.

They were grey/silver, but I painted them with texture spray paint (Krylon Stone) and added a little sparkly with some black glitter while the paint was still wet.  To protect the texture and paint, I used a clear high gloss acrylic sealer.

I measured the inside frame size (4″x6″) and created text boxes in Pages (or any word processing program), scanned the photos into my iMac, and typed the text I wanted (see below). I didn’t worry about the photos fitting exactly in the box since they would but cut down to size once printed anyway.  I just made sure the photo was centered and the text wasn’t too near the edge to keep the frame from covering it.

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My groom loves trivia. So including little historical “factoids” was a nod to him.  I am a Denver Bronco/NFL junkie and like movies.  He has hockey in his bones and is a music aficionado. Hence, the factoids chosen. [And yes I made sure to include the years in which our teams won their respective championships–woohoo!]

I printed on ivory medium weight card stock and just cut them out old school with scissors on the lines.  The edges don’t have to be perfect since the frame covers them.

To make the table number “year” readily visible for our guests, I cut card stock the width of the overall frame, hand punched the corners, added the glitter 3D stickers for the year, and cut out notches so it could slide into the top.

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So, we now have table numbers years so our guests will be able to find their seat. I think our family and friends will enjoy our goofy pics too.

I mean, can you get more 1960’s than this?

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That’s me at 2 years old on the right.  Loving my mom’s hair 🙂

And this is the man I am marrying–What a cutie!

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Not So Quick DIY…

…But a great excuse to watch a lot of movies (or hockey playoffs in my case).

1000 Paper Cranes!

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The tutorial I used is here (I needed video to figure it out).

I used the left over paper from my pyramid boxes (see below) to make 3 x 3, 2.5 x 2.5, and 2 x 2 inch squares.

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So according to Japanese legend, I can now make my wish and have it granted by the majestic crane.

The crane motif is used in weddings because the bird mates for life,  is loyal/devoted to its partner, and shares in all responsibilities.

My wedding seems to be taking on an Eastern theme.

1 Down, 159 to go…DIY Wedding Favors

We will be having other favors/take aways at the wedding, but I wanted each guest to have a little something personal (read “handmade”).  Better yet, I wanted to combine the trinket with the escort cards so they would have a little something to open when they got to the table.

And I wanted a little something to help break the ice when people first sit down at their table.

And I refused to spend hundreds of dollars for plastic junk.

So…I made little crochet fortune cookies with specialized “wedding” fortunes (and a thank you from us).  I added the key chain to make it somewhat functional, and we worked hard on humorous sayings (but I won’t post them all here because some of our wedding guests read my blog). If the guest don’t like them/want to keep them, that’s fine.  They’ll have fun getting their fortune and sharing it with others at the table.

Besides, they are mainly serving as Escort Cards, so two things off of my “todo” list.  There are other favors for the guests to enjoy (the candy/popcorn/cookie bar; the photo booth…).

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To wrap them, I decided on the pyramid box template I found here.  Although there are several other types of boxes, I liked these the best, and they are very easy (read: few & easy cuts).

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How to make the crochet fortune cookie

I didn’t invent these and there are many tutorials out there.  It is a crocheted circle, folded in half, sewn up the outside (with a little opening).

Wedding on a Budget has the “pattern” here  Each cookie took about 5-10 minutes to crochet (times 160 guests….)

Make up your “fortunes” and write them in the first column of a two column table in your word processing software. So far, we have about 40 different “fortune” statements so hopefully not too many guests at one table will get the same one.  To make them double sided, in the 2nd column, write your “thank you,” or names, or wedding date, etc.  For the size of my cookies, my columns were 2 inches wide and about a half inch high.  Print them out, fold along the center line (between the two columns), glue the halves together and then cut out.

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Stuff the fortunes in the cookies, attach a key chain finding, and you are done–with this part anyway…

How to make the Escort Card/Favor Pyramid Box

Material: Medium-weight paper (lighter than card stock, heavier than standard copy paper), scissors, glue stick (or double sided tape), ribbon, template, hole punch.

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1. Cut out the template. Fold it in half, and then half again (the other way) so it looks like this:

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This will cut down on the amount of cutting.

2. Lightly fold your medium-weight paper in half, and then half again (the other way) so your template will fit.  Line up the folds on your template with the folds on your paper.  Trace (on the wrong side of the paper so any lines will be inside the box 🙂  This is a light fold–do not crease.

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3. Unfold your paper and punch a hole in the center of each side near the top.

Fold each side toward the punched hole (careful, don’t rip the paper).  It should look like a point 4-sided star.

Next fold each side into the center.  Give a good crease.

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4.  Glue the folded flaps on one side (triangle) only.  Leave the other three without glue. After all, you want people to open it!

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5. String your ribbon through the holes (I found it easier to do before it was glued shut).  Pull up the three sides and attach to the glued flaps.  This will leave one side for opening their gift.

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6. Put your prize in the box and tie the ribbon to close the box.

7. To make it an escort card, I will attach a tag with the guest name & table number (we don’t even have a final guest list yet).

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Total Cost for 160 wedding favors/escort cards?


Yarn: 3 large skeins @ $3 each = $9

Key Chain Findings: 80 per pack, 2 packs @ $2 each = $4

Paper for Pyramid Boxes: 160 sheets (I bought a 240 sheet scrapbook pack at Michaels for $5 on sale so I have paper left over) = $5

Ribbon: 4 rolls thin ribbon @ $.25 per roll (10 yards) = $1

Total cost in Dollars = $19

Total cost in Time?

20-ish hours to crochet the cookies

10 hours to make the boxes/stuff the cookies/make fortunes, etc.

30-ish easy hours (read: do while watching TV)


Since a lot of these will be left at the table after they served their purpose, the local Human Society will be taking them.  They make great cat toys 🙂