Category Archives: DIY Tutorials

DIY Tutorial: Pretty Paper Fans

Today’s gorgeous DIY tutorial was sent over by wedding planner and stylist Tiffany Grant-Riley. I think these would look amazing as a ceremony backdrop or to hang from your wedding venue’s ceiling. In fact the possibilities are endless which is why you need to go buy some pretty coloured paper like, now!

Over to you Tiffany…

It’s pretty difficult to escape paper decorations at the moment, they’re a top trend and rightfully so! They add an instant splash of colour and can transform any blank canvas into an extra special space.

These paper fans look fantastic when grouped en-masse and used as a backdrop for your ceremony or photo-booth and I have them in varying sizes as a feature wall in my home. Here’s how to make your own…

Supplies Needed

♥ A roll(s) of wrapping paper or some special handmade paper sheets
♥ Buttons
♥ A craft knife
♥ Pinking sheers for paper
♥ A pencil
♥ A ruler
♥ A glue gun
♥ Cutting board
♥ A selection of buttons
♥ A hole punch
♥ Blu Tack

Size Guide

It may take you a little bit of practice to get them right, so it would be wise to play with some standard paper to start with. Essentially you need to make sure you have enough length as the wider the fan the longer it’ll need to be (all will become clear later on).

2” wide = approx 10” long
3” wide = approx 15” long
9” wide = approx 60” long
10” wide = approx 70” long

Method

Step One: Choose the size of fan you’d like to make and measure the width on the back of the paper. Cut your paper to the length and width required (you may need to cut several lengths for a larger fan).

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DIY Tutorial: T-Shirt Bunting

Bunting is still an incredibly popular decor idea for weddings this year, so I thought a super simple and quick DIY tutorial would probably help a lot of you out! Thank you to blog reader Erin for putting this together for us. You can see more of her DIY ideas over on her own blog Little Red Riding Hood. If you are doing DIY projects for your own wedding and fancy submitting a tutorial idea, just drop me an email with a brief outline and some photos and we can chat! OK, over to Erin…(nice feather boa hat by the way!)

I grew up in country Victoria, but moved to inner bayside Melbourne to be with my partner after returning from some amazing adventures living overseas. In everyday life, I work as a five-star hotel sales executive and event manager. This sounds glamorous, but mostly consists of lists and finding the right length trestle table (usually at 5:30pm on a Friday…) When I’m not riding my vintage bike or sipping third-wave coffee with the hipsters in South Melbourne, I like to garden and read. I also like to bake and craft, but sometimes these things don’t work so well for me – I recently worked out that I can excuse these “experiments” by blogging them!

Supplies Needed:

♥ Old t-shirts, or any material, really (Check the off-cut bin at your local op-shop!)
♥ Lace or ribbon for edging
♥ Sharp scissors
♥ Ruler, pen and paper

Method:

Step One: Prepare your material. Inspired by the t-shirt bunting made from David Fleck’s designs I saw a while back, I dug out some old t-shirts and material scraps I have hoarded saved.  You may need to allow an extra hour or so of time to do the digging – I found some lovely gold and plum material that I didn’t know I had.

Then I found a feather boa (er….four father boas, actually…) put it on and tied a yellow scarf around my head.

Some of the t-shirts I’ve worn and worn and had to retire but one was an obnoxious neon colour I bought from JayJays back when I paid to go to festivals like Big Day Out.

Because I didn’t intend to make a great deal of bunting, I simply chopped out the bits of the t-shirts that I liked, and didn’t worry about the rest of the shirt.  They’ve gone into a rag-bag to stuff felt flowers with or something involving buttons.

Step Two: Create your pattern. I tried a diamond shape cut-out, thinking I’d fold in half and edge the triangles. After I did one, I decided I couldn’t really be bothered to do edging on these particular bunts (I don’t care if that’s not the singular word for bunting, I’m using it anyway).

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DIY Tutorial: London Underground Map Table Plan

If you’re having a Jubilee or British themed wedding then what could be more perfect than this London Underground map table plan!? Over to Gemma of The Wedding of my Dreams who created this simple and cute tutorial!

We have recently added a range map prints to our collection with the suggestion that brides can use them as table plans. The bride and groom would name their tables after London tube stops which mean something special to them as a couple and the whole map can be made into a table plan.

So far the London Underground maps have been most popular with our World map prints a close second!

Supplies Needed:

♥ London Underground Map Print available for purchase via Wedding of my Dreams
♥ A1 foam board
♥ Red polka dot tape
♥ Luggage Tags
♥ Scissors
♥ Blu-tack

Method:

Step One: Place the London underground print onto as piece of foam board and use decorative tape to stick the print onto the board. The board allows the table plan to sit on an easel or be leaned against a wall for all your guests to see.

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DIY Tutorial: Scratchcard Wedding Invitations

Michelle and Dan made scratchcard style invitations to send out to their guests. It was such a clever idea that I asked her – very nicely! – if she’d show us how they did it! Luckily for us she was more than happy to oblige.

” Hi Rock n Roll Bride readers! My name is Michelle and I am marrying Dan this summer in a garden in Scotland (where he proposed in fact!) and we are doing almost everything ourselves. Partly this is because we are trying to save money (more to spend on food and drinks!) and also because getting married is a great excuse to do all sorts of crafty things you wouldn’t normally have budget to do!”

“We made a stop-motion video for the save the date (so. much. fun.) but then wanted to send a physical postcard for the actual invite so people have something to keep. I came up with an idea for a scratch-off card – like a lottery ticket – with the prize being the details of our wedding!”

“Dan got totally behind the idea and did most of the fiddly tasks (including cutting out almost a hundred little plastic hearts). We sent them out last week and our guests love them. I’ve put together a little tutorial for how to make the cards – they were lots of fun to make and came out looking quite professional-looking!”

Supplies Needed:

♥ Card to print invitations on
♥ Printer & coloured ink
♥ Guillotine
♥ Sticky back plastic
♥ Pen
♥ Template (made of card) in the shape of the area to be scratched
♥ Acrylic paint in your choice of colour
♥ Paint brush
♥ Clear acetate
♥ Surgical gloves
♥ Custom stamp from Vistaprint

Method:

Step One: I designed the postcards with the end product in mind – I included a heart shape in the design with all the important information inside the heart (wedding date, venue and wedding website address). This is the bit that will be covered over with gold. I downloaded the fonts for free at Da Font. We couldn’t decide which colour scheme we liked best out of the four ‘finalists’ so we went with all four!

We printed the postcards on plush card. I spent forever looking for nice, thick card and in the end went for 300gsm ivory linen card – surprisingly cheap at www.papercard.co.uk. I looked into having the cards printed at a print shop but it was cheaper to buy a colour printer and do it ourselves. We also bought a cheap guillotine from Rymans to cut the cards out.

Step Two: Once you have your basic invite ready, you need to cover the section to be scratched off. To do this cut some sticky back plastic to exactly fit over the area. We used a template to cut the hearts out of a roll of sticky back plastic, doing a few tests to check they were the right size!

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DIY Tutorial: Paper Cut Eyelashes

If like me you’ve been swooning over those paper eyelashes but couldn’t quite bring yourself to spend £20 on what is essentially a teeny weeny piece of well…paper…behold, I have these DIY tutorial for you! Blogger and DIY expert Cat Morley of crafty community Cut Out + Keep created this easy and awesome step by step guide and I’m thrilled to share it today…even more so because she sent me some samples to pay with myself! I look forward to seeing some of your fluttering away with these soon – send me pictures?

Hi guys, Cat here! This is such a simple idea but you can create amazingly intricate lashes using Cricut Craft Room - a free online design tool that lets you experiment, explore, and design. You can download it for free via the Cricut website. Get creative and play around with all kinds of designs because the possibilities are endless!

Supplies Needed:

♥ Cricut Craft Room software
♥ Black card
♥ Cutting mat
♥ Tweezers
♥ Scissors or a stanley knife

Method:

Step One: Open up my eyelashes template, which you can download here, in Cricut Craft Room. If you would like to make your own designs instead you will need the basic round shape which is made with the  “Cricut Font and Basic Shapes” cartridge (which is free) but you have to pay for additional cartridges to make the more specialised shapes – the stars, twirls etc. My template contains three sets including star, butterfly and twirl lashes. It’s easy to make your own, so play around using shapes from the cartridges you have (these can be purchased from their online store).

Step Two: Secure some black card on to your cutting mat and set the blade depth and pressure to 4 before clicking cut.

Note: if you don’t want to use the software or you don’t have a digital cutting mat you could technically do this all by hand. Simply hand-draw a simple pattern onto card and cut it out using a very sharp staney knife…you’ll have to have a very steady hand though!)

You can download the templates in jpeg form that I used for this tutorial here. Simply print this out and use the templates as a guide to draw directly onto your card.

Step Three: Leave to cut. This can take a while if you’re using a really intricate design.

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DIY Tutorial: Cinemagraphs Using Photoshop

I’ve been obsessing over cinemagraphs for ages – in essence they are still images with a small isolated section that moves. When you first see them they’re quite confusing but totally entrancing! I’ve always wondered how they were made and how you can get essentially a still image to have bits of moving video within it but today (eeek) my questions have been answered. When I was sent this Photoshop tutorial by photographer Violet Short I literally gasped. Check out this cute one she made of her dog Marshmallow!

My name is Violet and I blog over at Blythe Ponytail Parades, a compilation blog featuring my photography and progress with the business, food and crafts! I am always trying to keep things fresh, new and exciting while posting throughout the week! Come on over if you enjoy vintage inspired photography, new decadent recipes or a load of inspiration to brighten your day!

Today I will show you how I worked through my video to create a cinemagraph. I will note, using living objects or anything near someone’s face (like moving hair as I did for this tutorial) can be difficult. I wouldn’t recommend it for your first one.

I will preface by saying that you will need a basic knowledge of photoshop to attempt this tutorial. If you aren’t sure how to use photoshop, than this tutorial might end up not being explained well enough. So bare with me and ask as many questions as you need to!

Step One: First, you will need to come up with a subject matter, decide what you want to be moving and what you are going to isolate. For my video, we set up a tripod (which is essential) in our living room and turned on the video recording spot on my camera. I sat on the couch with a fan blowing at me and I wanted to isolate everything but a few hairs that would move with the air.

Step Two: Once you have your video file, here’s what you do: File – Import – Video Frames to layers – locate your file.

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