diy table numbers

I absolutely adore this week’s project by the very talented, Laurie Cinotto. I love it when a project ends up achieving two purposes instead of one and these wonderful notebooks certainly accomplish that goal. Not only do the notebooks above function as table numbers, but they also provide guests with a place to record “love” notes for the bride and groom. I guess it is kinda a new twist on the traditional “wedding wish bowl”. We both love hearing feedback and suggestions for DIY projects, so please feel free to leave comments below or contact me directly at oncewed at gmail dot com. Enjoy!!

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diy table numbers 2


3 ½ x 5 ½ inch Moleskine
Notebooks (one for each table, they are sold in packs of 3)

Decorative paper (an
assortment of coordinating colors, one half sheet per notebook)

Glue (appropriate for
paper and ribbon)

Ribbon 1/8” wide ( 8.5”
per notebook)

2” Gold sign makers “Stick-On”
numbers ( enough for all your tables)

Double-stick tape



Make Your Own Rubber Stamp
Kit (for type setting)

Bone folder


Moleskine Notebooks

Available at most art supply
and stationary stores but the best prices are at the Moleskine online
store. They offer quantity discounts.

Make Your Own Stamp Kit

Available at office supply
stores and online at Fedex Kinkos


Hambly Screen Prints

Available in their online shop

Shizen Design Decorative

Available at Creative Papers

Stick-On Numbers

Manufactured by Headline Sign

Available at Office Depot and
other office supply stores


These little the notebooks
function as table numbers, but also provide your guests with a place
to record “love” notes for the bride and groom.

Start by making a list of possible
headings for the pages of your books.

A wish for the bride and

A romantic city you have

The best love story you
have read.

Your favorite romantic comedy.

A secret to
a long and loving life.

Your favorite love song.

A cozy place for a couple
to dine.

Use your stamp kit to lay out
the type, then stamp the headings in the pages of each of your notebooks.
Allow the ink to dry before turning the pages. (see figure one and

Cut a length of ribbon approximately
3 inches longer than the height of the book.

Run a one inch line of glue
along the spine, starting at the top of the notebook. Place
ribbon on glue line, and allow to dry. (see figure three)

Open the notebook, lay it flat
and measure the height and width of the open book.

Cut a sheet of paper that is
the same height, and two inches wider than the open notebook.

Turn the paper over, so the
printed side is down and lay the open notebook in the center, leaving
an inch of paper on each side.

Fold the left hand edge of
the paper over the left edge of the cover and use your bone folding
tool to make a nice crease. (see figure four) Fold the
book closed and make a crease on the spine, open the book and fold the
right edge of the paper over the right edge of the cover.
Use your bone folder again to make a crease.

Run a length of double-sided
tape under the flaps you’ve created to secure the cover.

Close the book with your ribbon
bookmark inside.

Stick a gold number on the
front and back of each book. (see figure 5)


Display the notebook vertically
on each table so the numbers clearly show. Be sure to place
coordinating pens on the table so the guests can record their notes
to you.


(price per table number/notebook)

Moleskine notebook – $3

Ribbon $.25

Decorative paper $.50

Gold stick-on numbers

(for a pack large enough for
10 tables)

Total cost for materials
– $5.75


Comments (8)

Brooke | Reply

I love this idea…. I was thinking of doing something similar for my place cards. I would make each guest a little blank book (each table would have a different pattern for their book covers) and affix their name to the front like a little bookplate. We’ll see if I still have the time :-) I am a little afraid that no one will understand why we’re giving them a little blank book, but I think they’re cute!

Jessica | Reply

i really like the papers she chose to wrap the books with. what a great idea!!

Darci | Reply

Fantastic idea!

Adrienne | Reply

I realize this comment is well after the post, but I LOVE this idea. I have been trying to think of a way to incorporate "messages to the bride and groom" from the guests, and actually get them to do it. This might just be it! AND it would take care of the table numbers! YAY!

tto | Reply

i love this idea. thanks for breaking down the cost!

Nicole | Reply

I am actually going to get married on the beach where there is a mailbox. We wrote our first love letters for each other there. What a great way to incorporate more ‘love letters’ from our family and friends!

Laura | Reply

Loved this project the moment I saw it! I have my booklets finished now – just have to put table numbers on when I get my final guest #s. Here are pics: