I love working with burlap for two reasons. One, I adore the texture and rustic look of burlap. And two, because it’s pretty inexpensive compared to many other fabrics. You can buy it in bulk for big projects without breaking the bank.
In this tutorial, I’ve created free-standing DIY burlap table numbers with burlap, cardstock and recycled cardboard. Follow the steps below to make easy and inexpensive table numbers!
Recycled Cardboard (cereal box, tissue box, etc.)
Paint & Paint brush
Step 1: Cut your materials to size. The table numbers in the tutorial were 5×7. However, you can certainly make them bigger or smaller if you prefer. You’ll need once piece of cardstock paper, one piece of burlap and one piece of cardboard for each table numbers. The dimensions for a 5×7 in. table number are as follows…
- Cardstock = 5×7 in.
- Burlap = 4×6 in.
- Cardboard = 5×16 in.
Step 2: Lightly draw or stencil the numbers onto the burlap pieces. Paint to fill in the number and make bold. You can use any color paint you’d like. I chose black because it looks almost like the numbers are burnt into the burlap, which I thought was a cool effect.
Step 3: Apply all purpose glue to the back of the burlap piece, center it on the cardstock paper and press until held in place.
Step 4: Holding your cardboard the long way, fold at the 7 in. mark and the 9 in. mark. Add a line of glue to each end of the cardboard, bring the ends together and hold tightly until the glue is set. The piece of cardboard will look like a standing triangle. The front and back pieces will be 5×7 in. and the base will be 5×2 in.
Note: If you are recycling cardboard for this project that has print, color or a pattern on the back (like a cereal box), you may want to glue plain white paper to the back before starting Step 4. Otherwise, you may see the design on the inside of your table number.
Step 5: Apply glue to one of the large sides of the cardboard. Press on the cardstock and burlap piece. Hold until set.
Now your table numbers can stand on their own and are ready to go! You can stand them separately on tables or incorporate them into your centerpieces. Have fun!