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.
It’s 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 love the classic elegance of this seating chart.
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. And I knew I could recreate it for her. Or at least I hoped I could!
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. And 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.
Walmart to the Rescue for Vintage Classic Frames
I was able to find several traditional 5×7 frames at the dollar store. 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. Score! I grabbed several to add to the plain dollar store frames I had just bought.
Once I got them all home I got to work with the layout. It looked ok but I really didn’t love the dollar store frames. They weren’t as beefy (is that a word I can use to describe a frame…ha ha) enough. See those smaller frames on the top and bottom rows? Just too small…or maybe it’s that they were cheap looking.
Painting Shades of Gold and Silver with Krylon Spray Paint
After going back to Walmart to get more frames I was finally happy with the layout. Next was painting all the frames. Using sticky notes to label where each frame was in the layout and which color to paint to use for each helped me keep everything in order.
I just removed the back and glass of each frame so that I could spray paint them in our garage. I used plastic cups to hold the frames up off the ground while painting. Two coats on each frame was all they needed.
Building the Back-Support Frame with Scrap Wood
The seating chart was going to be displayed on a large floor easel at the wedding reception. The easy way to build the back support would have been to just adhere all the frames to a solid piece of plywood. But 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 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.
Creating the Table Seating Assignments on Canva
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. Once all the table seating assignments were printed on card stock, I just inserted them back into the frames.
Don’t you just love this trend for weddings today? Now you can use your own cell phone & social media rather than those disposable cameras on each table from back in the good ‘ol days when I got married. 😂
Glass or No Glass
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. 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!
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 set stacks of books on top of the frames to give the glue time to set and dry. Amazing how well the gorilla glue worked. You can find it here or in most home improvement or craft stores.
Here is a look at the back of the project with all the frames securely glued to the wood-framed back support. It’s not pretty but it’s 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 made favor tags, tented number cards for each table and fan ceremony programs.
My sister donated her seating chart to the wedding venue in hopes that other couples can use it on their special day too! ❤
Resources to Create your Seating Chart:
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- Set of 3 Gold Vintage Frames
- Ornate 5×7 Frame
- Wood Metals 5×7 Frame
- Krylon Brushed Metallic Spray Paint
- Gorilla Glue
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