Triangles Seating Chart Board
Source: Martha Stewart Weddings, Summer 2009
In this how-to, Cheree Berry explains how she created the triangle seating chart board she made for her wedding.
Cheree modeled this seating board after the Plinko game on "The Price Is Right."
Tools and Materials
2 yards of 54-inch-wide fabric
1-inch-thick foam board, 30 by 40 inches (this extra-thick foam board will hold the pins much more securely; find it at an art supply store)
5 3/4 yards of 2-inch-wide ribbon
Gold-tipped boutonniere pins
8 1/2-by-11-inch stiff paper for triangular seating cards (see our template and directions, below; or order precut seating cards directly from Cheree's website)
Craft knife, metal straight edge, and cutting surface
3 yards of string or ribbon
"Take a Seat" banner (see our template and directions, below; or order the sign directly from Cheree's website)
Triangles Seating Chart Board How-To
- To prepare the board: Wrap the fabric around the foam board as if you were wrapping a present (you may need to trim the fabric so that it doesn't overlap on the back). Pull the fabric so it wraps the board tightly, and secure it at the back of board with fabric tape or with pushpins.
- Wrap the ribbon around the sides of the board, securing it with fabric glue. Tuck the extra fabric under to miter the corners.
- To place the pins in the board: Cut out 25 triangular seating cards (these can be cut from any paper you wish using our template). Lay them out in three rows, with the long edge down and the right angle pointing up.
- Insert the pins very close to the edges of the cards, placing one at the bottom center of each card, and two on either side of the top point (position them about 1/2 inch down on each side). Press the pins firmly into the board so they do not wobble. Then remove the cards and lay out the remaining rows, working your way up the board.
- To keep your rows from slanting, measure up from the bottom of the board on both sides and mark with a pin; stretch a yard of string taut between the marks, and pin in place; then align rows with string (make three string guides to start, and move the lower string up the board when needed. To guide your spacing, start 1 inch from the bottom of the board, and remember that each card is 1 1/2 inches high from the bottom edge to the top of the point.
- Transport the board to your venue with the pins in place, and insert the cards shortly before the event. Attach the banner to the top of the board before placing the cards in position.
- To prepare the seating cards: We used triangles that are 2 1/8 inches long on the short sides (this is the equivalent of cutting a 2 1/8-inch square in half diagonally). Download our template and print out; each sheet will help you make 18 cards, so print as many as you need to accommodate your guest list. Place each template printout over a sheet of decorative stiff paper, and staple at the corners (be sure the top sheet lies perfectly flat). Lay the paper, template side up, on a cutting surface, and use a craft knife and a metal straight edge to cut along the dashed lines; cut the diagonal lines first, then go back and cut the horizontal lines last (do not cut all the way to the edges of the paper; this will leave the edges intact and keep the template in place for subsequent cuts).
- Have your calligrapher write the name on the cards, and the table numbers on the back. Alphabetize them before you leave for your venue. Once the board is in place at the venue, set the cards between the pins, positioning as before.
To make the banner:
Download Cheree's banner
Since the banner is 28 inches long and 5 inches wide, you may need to take it to a copy shop or an office-supply store with a printing section; copy it onto a CD or thumbdrive to take it there. Print it onto stiff paper. Cut it out using a craft knife and a metal straight edge. Use the glue stick to attach ribbon to each edge to trim, wrapping the ribbon around the top and bottom edges of the sign and trimming the ribbon at an angle to match the ends of the banner. Attach the banner to the board with fabric glue, securing at three places and curving the banner between the attachment points.