Do you like to craft? What about DIY projects? Have a special event coming up? Well if you do then you will love this project. Today I’m sharing with you how I created this beautiful seating chart.
This beautiful wedding seating chart is perfect for a wedding…but really can be used for any special occasion or event where you may need to assign seats.
The creative options for seating charts are endless today!
There are so many ideas out there but I just LOVE the classic elegance of this seating chart.
Wait until you see how pretty it looked at the ceremony!
When my sister got married I was honored to help her with some of the little details to make their day special.
She created a Pinterest board with some ideas that she liked and shared it with me.
The seating charts she had saved on her Pinterest board varied in style…but her favorite was this one.
Unfortunately, there wasn’t a “how-to” to follow but I knew I could recreate it for her
OR at least I hoped I could!
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Beautiful Setting Calls for Elegant Wedding Style
The wedding was held at a beautiful waterfront estate in Florida.
Their wedding colors were blush pink and mixed metals of gold and silver.
Modern traditional was what I’d describe as their wedding style.
Since the seating chart was definitely a classic style I set out to find frames to match that style.
I wasn’t able to find any traditional frames that would work in my usual go-to stores because they are filled with the ever-popular rustic farmhouse trend.
I decided to check out the Dollar Store & Walmart, especially since I needed 12 frames, so I was hoping they would be more budget-friendly.
Step 1: Purchase Frames
Walmart to the Rescue for Vintage Classic Frames
I was able to find several traditional 5×7 frames at the dollar store.
They were okay…I didn’t love them but I figured I was going to paint them anyway…so I bought a few.
Then I headed over to Walmart to find that they had a great selection of inexpensive 5×7 vintage classic frames.
Some you can find here, here, and here! Oh and here too!
Once I got them all home I got to work with the layout.
At first, it looked ok but not great.
I realized that I really didn’t love the dollar store frames in the mix with the other frames.
Can you tell which ones are from the dollar store? See those smaller frames on the top and bottom rows?
Yup, those are the dollar store frames and they weren’t as beefy enough (is beefy a word I can use to describe a frame…haha).
Just too small…or maybe it’s that they were cheap looking.
I don’t know…but either way they had to go!
Back to Walmart I went to get more “beefy” frames! LOL
2. Painting Picture Frames
Shades of Gold and Silver Spray Paint
Now the fun begins…painting!
I found 3 metallic shades of paint that were just perfect for the seating chart.
*Tip – Use post-it notes to label where each frame is in the layout and which color to paint you are using for each. This helped me keep everything in order.
First, I removed the back and glass of each frame for easier painting.
Then I spray painted frames and let them dry before doing a 2nd coat of paint.
*Tip – Use plastic cups to hold the frames up off the ground while painting.
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Step 3: Build Back-Support Frame
Scrap Wood Makes Easy Work of Frame Support System
The easiest way to build the back support would be to just adhere all the frames to a solid piece of plywood.
There’s always a but with me isn’t there?!
This beautiful wedding seating chart was going to be displayed on a large floor easel at the wedding reception and since the frames were different shapes I wanted to be able to see through the little spaces between the frames.
Building the support to hold all the frames together was going to be a bit of a challenge so I enlisted my husband Chris to help me.
He built the frame smaller than the layout so that it couldn’t be seen from the front.
Using pieces of wood to go across the middle of each of the 12 frames to support the entire layout.
4. Print Table Seating Cards
Using Canva to Create Table Seating Graphics
The actual seating assignments were designed on Canva which is a graphic design tool website. Canva can be used for both web and print media designs.
We use Canva to create all of our social media graphics for this blog.
It’s simple to use, then download to your computer and print.
I promise…if I can do it so can you!
After creating the table seating assignments in Canva, I printed them on white card stock and put them into each frame.
Don’t you just love the hashtag trend for weddings today?
Now you can use your cell phone & social media rather than those disposable cameras on each table from back in the good ‘ole days when I got married.
Step 5: Assembling the Support to the Frame Collage
Deciding on Glass or No Glass for the Collage
I decided NOT to add the glass back to each of the frames for a few reasons.
First, remember these frames were cheap and as I tried to put them back together those little dust pieces inevitably kept dropping between the glass and printed card stock. Super frustrating!
Another, reason I decided against the glass was the possible glare, especially in pictures.
Nobody has time for that!
And finally, transporting the frame with the glass could have been an accident waiting to happen.
After all the work we did to make this seating chart I wouldn’t want to have broken glass all over the back of my car.
Although we did bubble wrap the entire seating chart to transport even without the glass.
Just call me nervous Nelly!
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Putting it all Together
Once the seating assignment table cards were all in place I could begin attaching the individual 5×7 frames to the back support Chris built.
I decided to use Gorilla glue for this project because I wanted to be absolutely certain each of those frames was secure and not going to fall out!!
Starting with the top middle frame I adhered each individual frame to the wood back support.
Then placed stacks of heavy books on top of the frames to give the glue time to set and dry.
Amazing how well the gorilla glue worked!
Here is a look at the back of the project with all the frames securely glued to the wood-framed back support.
It may not pretty but it sure is sturdy!
The wedding was a beautiful special day for all of us and I was honored to be able to help with some of the little details.
I also made fan ceremony programs, favor tags, and tented number cards for each table.
You need to go check out my simple tutorial for making Elegant Classic Wedding Fan Programs.
My sister donated her seating chart to the wedding venue in hopes that other couples can use it on their special day too! ❤
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