In keeping with our geometric wedding inspiration, this week we decided to create some unique wire frame sculptures to serve as table numbers for your geometrically inspired event! These numbers are both simple and complex, using clean lines and intricate angles to create a visually striking end result that are great as part of your wedding decor. Moreover, these number can be large or small with the option to hang it from the ceiling as a focal point or place it on the table as decoration. Whichever way you decide to go, these geometric table number sculptures are unique and beautiful. Moreover, they are easier to make than they appear, taking approximately an hour per number depending on the size and level of complexity you decide to use.
Check out the full instructions below:
Materials & Supplies: Wax Paper, scissors, toothpicks & wooden skewers (or any other similar materials), spray paint, and hot glue
You can try using a different type of glue, but we found hot glue too be the easiest because it dried quickly, allowing us to to position the various elements of the table numbers and hold them in place until the glue set. If you do use hot glue, make sure to be careful so as not to burn yourself!
Begin by taping a sheet of wax paper over your work surface and drawing the outline of your number onto it. You can trace the number from a computer printout or draw it freehand, depending on the look and size you want.
Using the wax paper as the base for the project will help protect your surfaces and make the process of glue everything easier.
Hot glue will peel off wax paper fairly easily so that you can glue your numbers together directly on the table. Just make sure that whatever surface you choose to do the project on can take the heat from the glue and won’t warp or get damaged.
Next, you’ll create the basic outline of your number using the wooden skewers. The skewers are longer and thicker than the toothpicks and will help give stability to the sculptures as part of the base. Because the 3D aspect of these table numbers tends to push and pull at the connected parts when you’re building it, having a solid outline will help ensure your numbers don’t warp or fall apart later on.
Simply lay the skewers along the outline of the number, mark how long each part needs to be, cut the skewers to the required length, and glue the pieces together to form the complete outline.
After creating your outline, you will next build the internal structure of the numbers to serve as a base for building up the sculpture. To do this, arrange the toothpicks within the boundaries of your number’s outline, forming the desired angles and shapes throughout. If you find the toothpicks are too long or awkward to fit within certain spaces, trim them down until they fit properly. This portion will involve some experimenting to see what you like and don’t like, so don’t be afraid to play around with the arrangement!
You can lay out all the toothpicks before gluing anything, giving you a better picture of what the end result might look like. If you do this, just be careful you don’t accidental move the pieces or everything will be off later on. The best away to avoid this particular issue is to glue as you go, or by arranging a few toothpicks and gluing them together before moving on. However, this method will not allow you to make changes after seeing the final result.
Next, you will create the geometric-sculptural potion of the table numbers by building up from your outline and the toothpicks inside it. Once again, this involves a lot of experimenting with your arrangement and trying out different methods to see what works and what doesn’t. A good way to start is to choose a corner and glue a single toothpick so that is sticks upward from the corner at an angle. Then, choose another solid point of the internal structure, glue another toothpick up at an angle, and then glue the ends of these two toothpicks together. This will give you a starting point which you can add on to as you move throughout the number.
Don’t be afraid to layer the angles to create a visual geometric spiderweb! There are lots of combinations, angles, shapes, and forms that can be made when making the 3D aspect of these table numbers, so go ahead and try out a few things to see what you like best!
Continue building your geometric sculpture onto the number until you are satisfied with how it looks. Be careful not to add too many toothpicks or it can start to look cluttered and tangled, distracting from the shape of the number and making it hard to identify. Once you finish adding everything, take a last look to remove extra bits of glue and reinforce any wobbly joints before the final step.
The last step in creating your geometric table number sculpture is to spray paint them the color of your choice. You can, of course, leave them unpainted to for a more natural look but the paint will help hide any imperfections and make the collection of numbers more cohesive. To do so, simply choose a color that goes with your wedding concept (we decided on a mix of metallics!) and spray paint the entire structure. Place the number on an outdoor surface or dropcloth, shake the can according to the directions, and then spray the paint over the entire thing using slow, steady strokes.
You’ll want to adjust your angle and paint it from every side to ensure all the surfaces have an even coat of paint. Another option is to suspend the numbers on a string and paint them while they’re hanging to have easier access to every side, the top, and the bottom. Just be sure to paint far away form anything that might be ruined it if got paint on it; spray paint has a habit of drifting in everything direction, even if there’s no wind and you aim carefully. Once your finish painting, let the numbers dry according to the directions on the can.
And that’s it! These creations are now ready to go and you have your own geometric table number sculptures! You can also try using this technique to make letters for a wedding monogram, the guest of honor’s name at a birthday party, or to spell labels for food and dessert tables. The possibilities are endless – try out your own ideas and enjoy!