Hello ladies, I've got a cheap and delightful craft for you this week–wine bottle table numbers.
The best part of this idea is that you don't have to buy anything, assuming you (or people you know) drink lots of wine. And if you're planning a wedding, you're probably already drinking lots of wine.
Here's how we did it:
1) Drink a lot of wine. This is a key. It also helps if you continue drinking said wine while you're spending a lot of time (or, as in my case, your fiance is spending a lot of time) getting the wine labels off of the bottles. Start hoarding your empty bottles. I found that I liked the emerald green bottles best, but keep your personal taste in mind and stash the bottles that you like best.
2) Get the labels off of the bottles. This was a little bit of trial and error. I soaked our bottles, four or five at a time, in a bucket of hot soapy water for about 30 minutes. The longer you can soak them, the better. Peel or scrub as much paper off of the bottles as you can while the labels are wet.
After the bottles were dry, Tim used rubbing alcohol, a washcloth, and a sharp knife (when needed) to get the remaining paper and residue off of the bottles. You'll have to keep applying the rubbing alcohol with the washcloth and use some elbow grease, but the residue does eventually come off, leaving you with a nice smooth work surface.
3) Apply your table number design. There are a ton of options. You can paint a simple number on the bottle, wrap a printable number around the bottle, or stencil a number on. We are going to do simple numbers similar to the one above, but you can find free printables online such as this one, which I found here:
Other free online printables include:
Most free online table number printables are designed to be printed out and folded or framed, so you may have to play around with print layouts until you find one that you are happy with. Whether you choose to paint, stencil, or use a printout, this is a very easy and inexpensive table number craft, and it doubles as a vase! Stick a colorful bloom in each bottle, and you've got a unique set of table numbers.