DIY Project: Magnetic Clothespin Seating Chart

DIY Project: Magnetic Clothespin Seating Chart

Seat your guests in style with this easy-to-do DIY wedding project.

Fair warning: Seating your guests is often times the most challenging part of the wedding planning process.  Everyone has an opinion about who should sit where, and your mom’s idea of where her second cousins should sit may not be the same as yours.

Take a break from the stress of the seating puzzle and focus a couple of hours on creating a Magnetic Clothespin Seating Chart to show your guests to their seats (wherever they may be) in style.  This project comes from Khris Cochran’s The DIY Bride Crafty Countdown (The Taunton Press, 2009)-a great resource for tons of DIY wedding ideas.


  • 1 sheet of galvanized aluminum flashing, 24 in. by 36 in., available at hardware stores
  • Spray paint in your choice of color
  • Computer with Microsoft Word
  • Printer
  • Plain card stock, 41⁄2 in. by 61⁄2 in.
  • Decorative card stock, 5 in. by 7 in.
  • Double-sided tape
  • Wooden clothespins, spring loaded
  • Decorative paper, 12 in. by 12 in.
  • Scissors or paper cutter
  • Liquid craft glue
  • Small magnets
  • Ribbon


1. This project starts with a trip outside. In a well-ventilated space, spray a light, even coat of paint on the front of the aluminum flashing. Allow it to dry according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Repeat 1 to 2 more times, until you get full, even coverage. Remember to allow the paint to dry between coats.

2. Next up: the seating chart cards, which will display a list of guests for each table. Open Microsoft Word and go to File menu and choose Page Setup. From the Paper Size bar, scroll down and select Manage Custom Sizes. On the bottom of the dialog box that appears, click the + button and enter “4.5 x 6.5” into this field. This creates a custom page size. In the fields to the right side of the dialog box, enter “6.5” for the height and “4.5” for the width. Use “0.25” for the top, bottom, left, and right margins. Click OK. This will drop you back to the Page Setup menu. Click the Portrait orientation, and then click OK again. You have the template for your table cards.

3. Now it’s time to insert your table names or numbers along with the names of the guests at the table. Create a separate document for each table; I suggest saving each by table number. Print each list onto a piece of 41⁄2-in. by 61⁄2-in. card stock.

4. The next step is to adhere the table cards to the 5-in. by 7-in. decorative card stock. Apply double-sided tape to the back of the printed table cards, and mount each one onto a piece of the decorative card stock. Be careful to center the printed card stock on the slightly larger decorative paper so that there’s a border of pattern on all four sides.

5. You’re almost done! The next step is to decorate the clothespins and attach the magnets. Because there’s no standard clothespin size, you’ll need to measure the front of your clothespins and cut strips of decorative paper to those measurements. Apply a thin, even coat of liquid craft glue to the front of the clothespin and place the paper strips, pressing down to make sure they stick. Let them dry for a few hours before the next step. To get the clothespins to stick to the painted metal board, use liquid craft glue to glue small magnets to the center of the back of the clothespins. Allow the glue to dry for a few hours.

6. As a finishing touch, add a border of ribbon to the top, bottom, and sides of the board, securing the ribbon to the back of the board with double-sided tape. When you’re ready to display the board, simply place a seating card in the jaws of the clothespin and stick it to the magnetic board.

 Crafty Calculator: What to Budget

 Aluminum flashing  $8
 Spray paint  $5
 Clothespins  $1
 Card stock  $3
 Magnets  $3
 TOTAL  $20

Photo by Jack Deutsch, Copyright 2009 The Stonesong Press, LLC


Wedding Ideas: Don’t be Afraid to DIY!

Wedding Ideas: Don’t be Afraid to DIY!

We’ve rounded up some great DIY tips and projects from industry experts. Add an element of yourself into your wedding decorations and planning with these DIY ideas!

Wedding Ideas: Don't be Afraid to DIY!Some brides are just crafty, and love doing Do-It-Yourself (DIY) projects for their wedding.  We talked with some industry experts to get some great DIY tips to give your wedding a personal touch.

GM: What’s an alternative to use instead of traditional ribbon?
Sharon Zimmerman – Naturally Ever After: If you’re a do-it-yourself bride, the jute cord really allows you to do a lot of different creative things, and you can put that on your wedding invitations, you can put that around your favors, you can tie on tags, you can tie on ribbons and bows to just about anything.  Jute cord is an alternative to ribbon that is more environmentally friendly and it comes in a variety of colors, so you use it just like ribbon, and just to decorate in general.

GM: How can you personalize shoes?

Darcy Miller – Martha Stewart Weddings: One way to personalize your shoes is to dye them a great color. There is nothing that says your shoes have to be white, obviously you can dye them to match your dress but they can be your something blue or they can be a surprising bright red. You can do something fun, and then there are also tons of other embellishments you can put on your shoes. You can find some vintage clip earrings, some inexpensive buttons, any kind of fun sparkle, feathers, and clip them to an affordable pair of shoes and all of a sudden they feel like a designer pair of shoes that would normally cost a lot more.

GM: What’s something special we can do for guests instead of traditional favors?
Cindy Zingerella – Engaging Events: I think a great do-it-yourself project for a bride would be in lieu of having a favor at the wedding, to put together a welcome box or bag for her guests that are coming in from out of town. I think it’s a great way to personalize and a nice DIY item.  There’s no time pressure, she can do them in advance, and they don’t have to be done the week of the wedding. She can take the time to shop around for what she wants to have in those welcome boxes, or baskets for her guests and really personalize it.

GM: How can I do my own makeup?
Anabelle LaGuardia – Makeup by Anabelle: Set up a consultation with a makeup artist who can give you a lesson along with a face chart that will plot everything out for you.  Bring a family member or friend, someone that can take notes, who’s good with makeup that can help you out the day of the wedding. Make sure you have all the products you need, and make sure it’s easy and understandable to follow. Take a polaroid of yourself after your lesson so you have that as well in addition to your face chart.

GM: What’s a great DIY project I can do with my bridesmaids?
Melissa Bigner – Charleston Weddings Magazine: Another thing that I’m seeing is do-it-yourself flowers, where you’re, instead of having a florist do everything you go to a local wholesaler, you buy up what they’ve got, and then you get your bridesmaids together, and you sort of have a bridesmaids luncheon that’s a flower gathering and bouquet making party.  Then those flowers are used in the ceremony and at the reception.

How to replicate Kate’s wedding hairstyle

How to replicate Kate’s wedding hairstyle

by Mimi Bullock, Yahoo! Contributor NetworkSat, Apr 30, 2011 4:56 PM GMT+00:00

Kate’s hair was down for her royal wedding in a style easy to replicate. (Getty Images/Chris Jackson)

The speculation and the royal ceremony are over! The world was amazed at the queenly ensemble worn by the newest member of the British royal family. Undoubtedly, the new Duchess of Cambridge will inspire brides for years to come with her feminine wedding style. You’ve seen the Sarah Burton dress; it’s a successful mix of renaissance style and Victorian simplicity. Young Kate looked like a queen from old with the four emblems of the UK dutifully included in her lace design work. To top off her heirloom halo-style crown, the lovely Kate took a semi-formal approach to her hair.

Hair speculators suggested she wear her long dark tresses pulled back neatly in a chignon or an elaborate pearled bun. None of that for Kate! Bucking formality she chose to wear her soft hair half up using her crown as a stylish accessory.

Think this hair look might work for you? Replicate Kate’s wedding hairstyle using these steps.

1. Part your hair slightly to the side. With a 2½ inch barreled curling iron softly curl the hair all over.

2. Avoid brushing the curls or they will lose their springy shape.

3. Pull a 3-inch swatch of hair back from above both the ears to the back of the head. Do not crunch or flatten the curls. The back of the crown should be lifted slightly.

4. Secure the hair back with bobby pins. The pins should not be visible at all and need to match the hair perfectly.

5. Place the circlet on your head. Push the combs located at the ends of the circlet into the hair near the pins.

6. Gather the curls at the back of the head adjust the wavy cascade neatly.

7. Use a curling iron to add more curl to the hair and then spray the curls lightly with hair spray.

8. Place the scarf style veil over your head after the hair spray has dried completely.

This is one of the simplest hairstyles yet seen on a British royal for her wedding day. Anyone can replicate Kate’s wedding hairstyle easily by herself or with the help of a faithful hair stylist. The key to getting the perfect wear all day look is keeping the circlet light and choosing one that has the necessary combs.

For a more involved look, you can ask your stylist to wrap your hair around a full circlet-style crown leaving a 3-inch wide section above the crown in the back. However, you choose to do it, you’ll look like a princess on your wedding day.