Vintage (or new) plates and serving platter, propped up in a single painted plate stand, make the perfect vehicle for displaying table numbers. Makes 10 table-number signs.
1 can white spray paint
10 wooden plate stands
10 sheet card stock in a coordinating colour
10 plates or platters
Newspaper or a cardboard box
Table number templates (available here)
Laser or inkjet printer, or a felt-tip marker or paint pen
Double-sided tape or glue dots
Newsprint or bubble wrap, for storing
Spray paint the plate stands: Lay newspaper down in a well-ventilated area, or use a medium-sized cardboard box to create a makeshift spray booth. Spray paint the plate stands. Leave to dry for 15 to 20 minutes.
Print and cut out numbers: Customise your numbers using one of the online templates, or find a font that you like and type out your table numbers on a computer. Print onto the card stock. Or, write the numbers by hand using a felt-tip marker or paint pen. Centre your tracing paper over the desired plate. Mark the outline of the indented centre area using a pencil. Lay the tracing paper over your card stock, aligning to centre the number, and tape down. Cut through both layers using scissors, trimming as necessary to fit. Reuse the tracing paper for plates that are the same size.
Adhere the numbers to plates: Using double-sided tape or glue dots, adhere the numbers to the plates. Wrap each plate in newsprint or bubble wrap and store until needed.