Rustic Seating Chart Frame {Give-Away and Tutorial}

by Monique on January 31, 2012 · 5 comments

What could be better than an inspired DIY bride who shares her wedding decor tutorials with us? I think it’s a bride who offers to give-away the rustic seating chart she made for her wedding!

{Made by Carolyn Roberts. Photo by Nick Coyne}

Carolyn Roberts‘ made-with-love wedding seating chart stands at 180cm tall and comfortably fits 80 escort cards (four cards per strand). And now that her wedding is over, she’s offering it to an Oh Darling Bride reader in Cape Town!
Love to use this seating chart for your wedding? If you’re able to collect this frame from Carolyn in Cape Town, follow post a comment below with your email address and/or witter handle before the end of February. The lucky bride will be announced in early March so watch this blog and fan page for details. Terms and conditions apply.

If you have a twitter account, you could tweet the following for an extra entry:  

“love to win this #wedding seating chart made by @robertscaro on @Moniqueodb’s blog #OhDarlingBride:”

But if you’d love to make you’re own seating chart, Carolyn has kindly compiled a DIY tutorial just for you!

1. Firstly you need to find distressed wood. I got mine from a really old-school outside laundry door that was going to be chucked or used as firewood (NO!!) Whichever wood you choose make sure you like the effect, or if you don’t then it must be a type of wood you can sand down to an effect you will like. Not all distressed wood is pretty ;)

2. Decide how big you need your peg frame to be (depends on how many guests you will have). This will also determine the wood you can use. Take into account the size, spacing and number of cards you would like to fit on each strand.

3. Make the wood into a frame. My dad helped me with this, so find someone who is good with carpentry and let them help you.

4. Once assembled, create a heading using craft letters. I painted chipboard letters white using acrylic paint and once dry, stuck them onto the wood using super glue (I like the Alcolin glues). This was nerve-wrecking as once the letter is down, it sticks, whether in the right place or not. I recommend loosely arranging the letters as you want them so you get the spacing right and then use tweezers to hold the letters as you put glue onto them. This makes it so much easier as our fingers are sometimes either too big for this work, or too clumsy! Use tiny bits of glue as you really don’t need a lot, and superglue tends to be quite runny.

5. Decorate your peg frame. I chose two white paper flowers with Swarovski crystals at the centres. My mom-in-law gave me the bead which are beautifully brilliant and diamond-like. I really recommend them! Make sure they are the flat-backed version. The flowers I also got from my mom-in-law, but I have seen some samples at Cape Arts & Crafts at Canal Walk shopping centre.

6. Attach wax cord strands inside frame using tiny curtain screw hooks. I used a beige colour wax cord to match the frame colour. Make sure you measure out where to put these hooks exactly, so that when the frame is completed all strands will be level.

It just worked out that my frame on the inside sides had this small groove, which worked well to conceal the hooks.

When attaching the wax cord, make sure you tie it on very tightly, so that the weight of the cards doesn’t make the strands droop down. I attached my cards onto the strands with natural coloured tiny craft pegs.

You can find the supplies at most craft stores. I found most of the materials I used at Merry Pak.

Feeling inspired? Me too :) And just wait till you see Carolyn’s gorgeous DIY wedding… coming soon! If you enjoyed this, follow Carolyn on Twitter and visit her awesome blog where she’s exploring her passion for photography. 

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{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Shana January 31, 2012 at 7:21 am

Hi there,

I would love to win this as I love the idea and its originality…

It would suit our wedding style perfectly…

Hope to win..



2 Sam February 2, 2012 at 10:22 am

Hi sweety, thanks so much for your kind b-day wishes, I really appreciate it :)
I couldn't comment earlier because my internet was down, still is – It's not uploading pictures :(


3 Bellenza Wedding Bistro February 4, 2012 at 2:43 pm

The frame itself is so versatile, it can be used for different purposes/themes over and over again! So sweet of Carolyn to offer it as a giveaway!


4 rochkay February 20, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Would love to win this! It fits with our wedding decor! My twitter name @rochkay and my email address is

Holding thumbs, this seating chart is sooooo pretty!


5 Meags February 24, 2012 at 2:28 pm

This would really look fabulous at my vintage-themed wedding in Stellenbosch. I really hope I win this…



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