RUSTIC GOLDEN DIY | Once You See This Stylish New Seating Chart Idea, You’re Gonna Want It At Your Party.

So like, you are totally voting today, right?

Won’t be bugging you about it, just want to say this one thing: even if your voting lines are crazy long, DO NOT HESITATE to stay in line for your turn.  Your employer is required to forgive your absence.  <== yayYUH!

Alrighty.  Great news, you guys– our resident DIY contributor Renee is back, and HOLY CRAP is this a good one.  Enjoy!

Today’s DIY is a fall-inspired way to display your reception seating chart! These mini-apple name cards can even serve as simple take-home favors for your guests. Obviously, my favorite thing about entering holiday season is that my metallic-y/glittery/sparkly/shiny obsession becomes, for a few months, considered “acceptable”, but for those who are looking for a way to ease a little more gradually into the gold and glitz of the holidays, this is a project that gives a little shine without going TOO over-the-top (if there is such thing as that…). The trick here is Rub ‘n Buff, a wax-based metallic finish. It’s basically a matte metallic coating, providing an elegant and antique feel… and super easy to use! Let’s start:

What you’ll need:
- Mini apples
- Rub ‘n Buff (in Classic Gold)
- Metal letter stamps
- Black ink pad
- Log slice
- Old sock or cloth or cotton pad (I used makeup pads)

Step 1:
Using your old cloth/material, apply the Rub n’ Buff by, well, rubbing and buffing it onto your mini apple. A little goes a long way, so start with a small size and gradually work it in to cover the entire surface area of your apple. Once covered, allow to dry for an hour or so.

Step 2:
Use the metal letter stamps to deboss names around the top of the apple. If you don’t already have one, metal letter stamping sets are not very expensive (I got mine for $10) and are perfect for small, precise lettering.

Step 3:
Stamp the table number around the edge of the wood surface using the same metal letters. Place apples atop according to their table assignments and you’re finished!

Easy, unique, and fall-inspired. What do you think?

xo Renee

Label(s): Renee, The Bloggistas, {DIY + Freebies}

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  1. Lena on November 6, 2012

    You’re so right–I want these, and a party.

    • Alison on November 6, 2012

      We should probably hold a party simply to employ the project.

  2. Jessica on November 7, 2012

    “So like, you are totally voting today, right?”

    You are such a buffoon.

    • Alison on November 7, 2012

      I am so with you on this; encouraging people to participate in an election is like, so stupid. I hope it didn’t result in any actual voting going on.


  3. Katie @ Lovebird Productions on November 7, 2012

    #1. Thank you for being snarky….even to commentors like Jessica :)

    #2. This is a fabulous DIY.

    #3. I am not crafty at all.

    #4. It makes me feel like I might even be able to accomplish it.

    • Alison on November 7, 2012

      Thank you, Katie! And thank you for creating a list in your comment. I LOVE lists; here’s why:

      1. they are great

      2. they are easy to read

      3. lists rule

      4. thank you very much for your comment, I appreciate it :)

  4. Ana on November 8, 2012

    Love the idea and look… it’s just a shame for the apples to go to waste

  5. Wedding Neckties on November 9, 2012

    Golden mini-apple good idea to add gold and glitz to make an occasion perfect.

  6. Alison on November 9, 2012

    Ana – at least they’re tiny apples… ;)

  7. NDWeddingFavors on November 18, 2012

    I love the rub n’ buff stuff, haven’t used it in years, but now I am inspired. And the ideas are swarming around in my head now….such as the old frame I’ve been wanting to make into a mirror.

  8. Event Photographers, Manchester on November 29, 2012

    I recently read some articles that were so dull and off center that I couldn’t abide finishing them. Your article is not one of those articles. I like your content.

  9. Margaret on December 22, 2012

    I love the debossing of the apples….so unique!

  10. I’ve never seen anything like these. So unique! love them x

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  13. Jamie on July 28, 2013

    How long will the apples last before they start to rot? I’m wondering how far in advance of my actual wedding day I’d could make these. Thanks!

  14. sue on September 22, 2013

    Can you tell me what sizes the metal stamps are?


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