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Have you noticed the concrete trend all over the place? I jumped aboard the contrete train and went to town creating table numbers. These were so quick and easy to make—they took around 10 minutes in total to do! Not only that, it’s also really affordable (which I love).


Step 1: Get paper mache numbers (I got mine at Hobby Lobby). Cut off the top—make sure that the side you don’t cute is the side you will want on display. Remove the zigzag cardboard from inside.

Step 2: Fill the mold with concrete. Just follow the directions on the package. Once you have the concrete in make sure to tap and lightly shake from side to side just to make sure that the concrete goes into all the corners.

Step 3: I had to wait 24 hours before removing the mold. Just peel away the paper mache (you may need to rub it to remove all the residue). Tape off the area you don’t want painted.

Step 4. Spray paint.


All that is left is to wait for it to dry, then you can remove the tape and place on your table!


You can also skip the painting and leave it as plain concrete. I can’t decide what I like best but I’m leaning towards the painted.



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  1. kelsey — Thursday, August 8th, 2013
    super cute and simple
  2. Jenn V — Thursday, August 8th, 2013
    Fun! I love the flower tins as well. :)
  3. Renae — Thursday, August 8th, 2013
    I love it!! It looks awesome, maybe I'll try it with some letters! Thanks for the tutorial :)
  4. Christie O. {Mountainside Bride} — Thursday, August 8th, 2013
    Brilliant! Just out of curiosity, how heavy was the finished table number?
    • Ellen — Friday, August 9th, 2013
      Thanks Christie! They weigh around 1-2 pounds each.
  5. Dom — Thursday, August 8th, 2013
    This is brilliant! Really want to try this! :)
  6. colleen — Tuesday, September 3rd, 2013
    Love this idea! Were you able to reuse the paper mache number after peeling it away from the concrete number? Or was it pretty much destroyed after the first use?