- 6 years ago
- Wedding: June 2012
Before getting into this DIY project, I would like to give credit to the many Bees who inspired this project: the Martha Inspired Ribbon Board posted by whitesonnet and the DIY Escort Seating Board posted by FutureMrsCallaghan were what kicked started the DIY project in the first place; I loved the hanging elements and knew I could easily create something similar. However, as I expanded my search, I began falling in love with the tags as seen in photos posted by Mrs. Espresso in her Mrs. Espresso’s Seating Card Completion Time: 1/2 a Movie and on wishing trees such as the one pictured by Brideinjune12.
After combing through several other inspiration photos, what I wanted was starting to take shape: I knew I wanted to suspend some type of ribbon across a frame in order to hang our “escort tags.” The frame could be a photo frame, a chalkboard, two bamboo poles, a bulletin board, or any other number of things…
After searching, I was lucky enough to come across a beautiful repurposed window on craigslist that a local artist turned into a planter box. A yard or so of burlap, lace, and ribbon (along with my trusty glue gun) and my MoH was able to cover up the non-aged wood which made up the planter portion of the box (which was rather young pine and didn’t match the frame). Succulents of different varieties and raffia filled the planter portion and we let guests take those home. 🙂
I spaced out my nails and hot-glued the jute cord across the nailheads to suspend my “clothes line” for the tags – I made fancy knots in the jute to hide the nailhead and the hotglue… you could probably make a bow or something. 🙂 The mini clothes pins you can get from craft stores or from amazon.
It’s a little hard to see because of the majority of these photos are low-quality personal photos rather than professional ones, but the seating was arranged by trees native to the Pacific Northwest rather than by table numbers. I adapted this idea from VagabondGurl’s Wooden Frame Table Numbers posted by (you guessed it!) VagabondGurl. The escort tags had the guest’s name along with the silhouette and name of the tree that they would be “seated under,” and the table numbers had the tree silhouettes and tree names listed on them (they were clipped onto a wooden dowel with the same mini-clothes pins from the escort tags, then stuck into flower arrangements). Pardon the half-ready table setups!