Modern calligraphy wedding table plan project – get your craft on!

I loved featuring June’s series of wedding craft projects and they seem to have gone down a treat – so here is another one… and something a little more involved for craftier types!

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As I’m sure you’ll have noticed I’m running modern calligraphy workshops in Manchester (and loving every second!) so I wanted to share some ideas to do with calligraphy. It’s super easy to try your hand at modern calligraphy, and once you’ve mastered the pen you’ll be itching to write on everything you see… so how about making your own wedding table plan?

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Make your own suspended flower wedding table plan

This modern calligraphy table plan project is quirky, beautiful and only takes a couple of hours to make at home. Its selling point is the gorgeous antique frame; by adding your own hand lettering you’ll give it a personal touch, and the flowers add romance and colour – simply perfect for a rustic, handcrafted wedding!

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You will need:

Antique or character picture frame
Hot pressed watercolour paper, cut into strips with a torn edge
Calligraphy dip pen and Nikko G nib
Black calligraphy ink
Metallic thread
Fresh or dried / silk flowers
Drawing pins

Step by step tutorial:

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Using a soft pencil, rule faint lines on your watercolour cards and add names in modern calligraphy using your dip pen and Nikko G nib (available in my Etsy calligraphy starter kit)

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Tie multiple lengths of metallic thread to each table card. I used 4 strands per card to give a striking effect – just make sure you won’t run out of threads!

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Remove the backing board from your frame, and set the frame to one side. Plan the layout of your table cards within your frame by laying them out evenly on the backing board then carefully attach the metallic threads to the reverse of the backing board. I used drawing pins but you could try a glue gun or other strong adhesive.

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Tie double lengths of metallic thread around flower stems and attach to your backing board in the same way – even using the pins already there, if it’s quicker!

Replace the backing board into the frame, twiddle with the flowers and tables so they’re all facing the right way and you’re done!

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Tutorial and image copyright Claire Gould at

Come and join me for one of my Manchester calligraphy workshops, or visit Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair in September this year at Hampton Court Palace. I’ll be giving skills workshops to introduce you to calligraphy… and you’ll get to take home your pens to play with!

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Claire Gould

Claire spends her days writing - either in beautiful calligraphy or online. She lives on the edge of the English Lake District only minutes away from the beach, where she loves to escape and unwind. Claire's calligraphy can be found at Claire launched the English Wedding Blog in November 2009 - it's been a top 10 UK wedding blog ever since, with a regional focus we hope you LOVE.



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