Category Archives: DIY Tutorials

Fancy Up Your Wedding Welcome Drinks

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Have you decided what welcome drinks you’re going to serve at your wedding yet? Something lovely and fizzy or maybe you’re opting for a signature cocktail? Well, how about doing both?! I mean, what could be a better way to add a bit of sparkle to your wedding day than with delicious cocktails?!

A few weeks ago my friends Ronnie and Sophie came over, so I thought we’d have some fun and throw a mini cocktail party. We used Freixenet Spanish Cava which is not only affordable, but totally delicious and dangerously easy to drink!

I think these cocktails would make the perfect welcome drinks to serve at your wedding too.

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When it came to coming up with these recipes (I use this term very loosely, an expert food blogger I am not) it was important that they be easy to do and not use a ton of expensive ingredients. I hope you enjoy trying these for yourself.

If you make just one it should totally be the All That Glitters by the way. It really did taste just as good as it looks!

Fruity Fizzer

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You will need:

♥ A selection of fruit and berries, cut into small pieces (I used raspberries, blueberries, strawberries and kiwi!)
♥ Mint leaves
♥ Freixenet Cava
♥ An ice cube tray


Put your berries and torn up mint leaves in an ice cube tray. Every cube doesn’t need to have the same selection in it, in fact it looks better when they’re all a little different! Fill with water and freeze. When frozen, put the cubes in a tall glass, pour over your Cava, garnish and enjoy!

All That Glitters

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Easy Peasy Polaroid Photo Banner DIY

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At the last Blogcademy class of 2014 in Auckland, we were lucky enough to have Josie of Wink helping us decorated the space. I loved her creations so much that I asked her if she’d do some DIY tutorials for the blog and print magazine over the coming months. Luckily she agreed! I think this Polaroid banner idea is super adorable and would be amazing to hang at your wedding reception. Over to you Josie!

Supplies Needed:

Supplies Needed

♥ Cutting board
♥ Scissors or craft knife
♥ Ruler
Mini wooden pegs
Photo paper


Step one: I decided to print my own Polaroids using my own printer and photo paper, but if you don’t want to do this you can get them printed cheaply and through lots of different place such as Square Snaps, Printic App,, Polabora and Origrami. If you do this you can skip directly to step seven!

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Get Your Craft On: The Best DIY Tutorials of 2014

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Wooo Boxing Day! The traditional lie-down-all-day-and-eat-leftovers day. Is there anything good on the telly?

I hope you all had a glorious Christmas. We were at my parents’ house (as usual). My dad cooked, wine was drunk, Trivial Pursuit was played. It’s funny, as much as I might dislike traditional weddings I sure do love a traditional Christmas!

It may be a little quiet in blogland over the festive period, but if you’re anything like me you’re still going to need things to entertain you. So instead of indulging in yet another mince pie, why not cast your eyes back over some of the the best wedding DIYs of the year?

I’m no crafting expert, but DIY tutorials are one of the things I know my readers love, so I’m going to put at least one in every issue of my new magazine (issue 1 is in stores 8th January – put the date in your diary!) If I tried to create them myself I’d probably glue my eyelashes together though, so I need your help! If you’d like to see your name in print (EEK!) and create a DIY for the new magazine I’d love to hear from you. Just drop me an email with your idea and some sample photos of past projects and we can take it from there!


How to dip dye your wedding


Pastel gemstone necklace


Ombre glitter champagne glasses

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DIY Tutorial: Dip Dye Your Wedding

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Ombré and dip dye. I am obsessed. I’m not really sure what it is, but it makes me so happy! So when Elle, who owns the hire company Inspire Hire, sent me this shoot that she styled, complete with a DIY tutorial on exactly how they achieved this super gorgeous effect on the tablecloths and the dress, I knew you’d love to see it.

OK, over to Elle for the tutorial!

“For this shoot, we wanted to create a real WOW with colour”, she said. “I dip dyed cheap bed sheets as tablecloths and cotton napkins sourced on eBay for the table. I also customised some white Ikea plates with china paint to create a ‘dip dye’ effect. My fingers ended up an entertaining shade of blue afterwards!”

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Supplies Needed

♥ Natural fabric in a pale colour (we used cotton for the napkins and bed sheets and silk for the skirt)
Hand fabric dye in your choice of colour
Dye salt
♥ Rubber gloves
♥ Plastic bucket
♥ Wooden spoon or stick
♥ Warm water
♥ Cold water


“The process is really the same what ever you are dying. However even if you are very accurate and always follow the instructions on the packet there can sometimes be an unexpected outcome. This is all part of the creative fun but you should do some tests first to see how you get on before embarking on something big like a dress!”

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DIY Tutorial: Pastel Gemstone Necklace

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I am a DIY clutz. I’m the kind of girl who would glue her fingers together and get more glitter in my hair than on the thing I was trying to bling (which, actually, might not be a bad thing…) So when Fran of Fall for DIY got in touch, asking if she could create this DIY post for Rock n Roll Bride, I gleefully accepted. I hope you enjoy this one, it’s a beauty!

“There’s no better way to thank your bridesmaids for (listening to) the months of planning, reassuring chats over bottles of wine and awesome hen party organisation than a personal gift they can treasure. Problem is, if you’re on a budget this can come with a hefty price tag. But why not create something truly unique and personal not only to your bridesmaid but also with the theme of your wedding? These gemstone pendants can be customised to the colour and shape of your choosing. Perfect for wearing on the big day and beyond.”

Supplies Needed

Gemstone Necklace Materials

Polymer modelling clay in a range of pastel colours (including white)
Jump Rings (two per necklace)
♥ Necklace chain
♥ Gemstone fondant mould
Letter stamp set


Step one: Mix up your pastel colours using small amounts of colour with enough white polymer clay to fill the mould. Your clay will darken during the heating process, so mix it lighter than you want it.

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DIY Tutorial: Ombre Glitter Champagne Glasses


When it came to planning how to style my recent champagne party, I knew it would be the perfect opportunity to flex my creative muscles. Now I’m no expert, in fact I’m darn right rubbish at DIY projects, and I’m certainly not a professional stylist either. But I knew if I just kept things simple and threw glitter at it, it would probably work out in the end.

Luckily Sophie was on hand to help me and look at what we made! Pretty huh!?

Supplies Needed

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♥ Champagne glasses (I got mine from Morrisons for 60p each!)
Mod Podge glue
♥ Your choice of glitter in at least two colours
♥ Brush


Step one: Use the brush to cover the stem and base of the champagne glass in Mod Podge. This is the best glue to use because it’s a glue, sealer and varnish in one, although I’m sure any old PVA would work.

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