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DIY Tutorial: Neon Bottle Table Numbers

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Happy Wedding Wednesday Everyone! It’s Amber here again from Amber Lay Events! This week I am excited to share a DIY Neon Wedding Table Number Idea!


I don’t know about you, but I am obsessed with neon right now, so I wanted to integrate those colors into this fun and easy recycled bottle project. I know that neon may not be at the top of every brides’s color palette list so keep in mind that you can change the colors to match your wedding (or milestone birthday party, engagement party, etc)! Also, a big thank you to Camryn Clair for shooting this tutorial!


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neon table number tutorial supplies

  • Empty Glass Bottles
  • Sink or Bucket Filled with Warm, Soapy Water
  • Adhesive Remover
  • An Old Rag
  • Dish Drying Rack
  • Acrylic Paint in 4 Neon Colors
  • Number Stencils
  • Masking Tape
  • Stencil Brushes
  • Paper Plate


1. Take your empty glass bottles and soak them in warm soapy water to get the labels loose for about 30 minutes.

2. Once your bottles have soaked peel off the labels then use the adhesive remover with and the old rag to get any additional residue off.

3. Turn the bottles upside down on the dish drying rack and allow them to thoroughly dry.

neon bottle diy tutorial for wedding table numbers

4. Once the bottles have dried take one color of your paint and slowly squirt the paint inside the bottle while turning it.

5. Keep turning as the paint flows down the inside of the bottle.

6. Stand the bottle up right and allow the paint to fully run down the inside of the bottle. If there are any gaps in the paint squirt more paint into the bottle and turn until all the areas are covered thoroughly.

7. Take the number you would like stenciled on the bottle and tape it down in the spot you would like.

8. Now squirt a dab of a different paint color on the paper plate.

9. Dip your stencil brush in the paint and then on a clean part of the plate lightly dab off the excess paint.

10. Then dab the brush it over the stencil until the desired coverage is achieved.

11. Remove the stencil once the paint has dried and ta dah you’re done! Repeat this process until you have made 1 bottle for each table at your wedding.

12. Place each numbered bottle on the desired table at your wedding for guests to easily find their assigned tables.


  • Depending on how thick you coated the inside of the your bottles it may take several days or even weeks for the paint to dry so be sure not to turn the bottles upside down or the paint could drip out.
  • You will want to make these well in advance to allow ample drying time after you wash and clean the bottles and also after you “paint” them.
  • Make plenty of extras since you will not know your official headcount until at least 2 weeks until your wedding day.
  • The typical table size used at weddings is a 72″ round which will seat 10-12 guests. Knowing these little details will help you get a more accurate table number count. :)

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Vendor Credit
  • By: Amber Lay
  • Photography By: Camryn Clair
  • Empty Glass Bottles: Any Local Grocery Store
  • Adhesive Remover: Any Local Hardware Store
  • Dish Drying Rack: Any Local Home Goods Store
  • Acrylic Paint in 4 Neon Colors: Michael’s
  • Number Stencils: Michael’s
  • Masking Tape: Any Local Hardware Store
  • Stencil Brushes: Michael’s
  • Paper Plate: Any Local Home Goods Store
By |2018-12-19T14:11:50+00:00June 27th, 2012|Party Decor Projects, Weddings|

About the Author:

AMBER LAY is the founder of Amber Lay Events , a coordinating and custom floral design company that specializes in weddings. She got an early start in the industry by interning with one of LA’s most sought after wedding coordinators. Since then she has built many connections in the industry as she continued to work for other top wedding coordinators and event florists in the Southern California area. 

After completing her degree at San Diego State University in Art and Design, she was brought on full time as the Editorial & Styling Assistant at Hostess with the Mostess®, which opened her eyes to a whole new side of the party industry. Her new knowledge from HWTM, paired with her experience in the wedding industry, prepared her to step out on her own and open ALE full time.

Amber resides in San Diego, California. She absolutely loves the water and being active outdoors, which is why she calls the beach her home!


  1. MonogrammedEverything! June 27, 2012 at 7:57 am

    LOVE!!! So so cute!

  2. Jenny Raulli June 27, 2012 at 3:44 pm

    So fun to see this cute inspiration from you Amber!!!!

  3. Maureen Anders of Anders Ruff June 28, 2012 at 4:31 am

    I love this tutorial! Such a quick and easy project for any party decor!

  4. Windy City Novelties June 28, 2012 at 8:08 am

    I love the bottle table numbers! Such a great idea for a party. I don’t know about a wedding, but definitely a summer party!

  5. Amber Lay July 14, 2012 at 2:02 pm

    Thanks everyone! I’m glad you enjoyed this post! :) Have fun making these your own for any upcoming celebrations! They are almost too easy to look so cool!

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    I LOVE this project! I’ve featured it in a roundup post on my blog:

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      Thanks, Marlene! :)

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