Category Archives: DIY Tutorials

DIY Tutorial: Origami Animals {Part One}

I’ve got something a little different in terms of a DIY tutorial today. Ceri & Terry’s origami themed wedding was so popular (in fact so much so that I think a national wedding magazine picked it up afterwards as well!) when I blogged it that I asked Ceri if she wouldn’t mind sharing some of origami tips and ideas with us.

She’s gone above and beyond what I expected of her and has not only put together some basic origami tips but has created three individual animal tutorials plus two extra tutorials of ways to encorperate your creatures into your wedding day (to be posted later today).

Are you ready for this?!

I’ve always liked doing little crafty things, but prefer the kind of project that I can just pick up when I want to make something – so origami was perfect as it’s easy to learn the basic techniques, and there’s not much investment in start-up materials! Over the last fifteen years, I’ve gone through “origami phases” where the house ends up littered with various origami creatures. I’m also a bit of a romantic, so when I read about the senbazuru (a group of 1,000 paper cranes, traditionally made as a wedding gift in Japan and said to grant the couple one thousand years of happiness and prosperity) I thought it was a beautiful idea. When my fiancé and I were discussing how to decorate the venue for our wedding, it was the idea that we liked the best. We weren’t sure how long it would take, though!

In the end, it took us about three months of folding a few cranes each in the evenings. Part of the reason that the senbazuru is sometimes folded by the bride and groom together is that it is supposed to prepare them for married life, and I started to understand this as we began the mammoth task of filling a cardboard box with our colourful creations – it was a serious undertaking. However, it also gave us a chance to sit together and talk, and to create something together that, in the end, we were really proud of.

In this tutorial, the folds are for the crane, the lily and one of our animals (the frog, folded from the same base as the lily), and I’ll go through how we put these together into our decorations.

Supplies Needed:

♥ Different coloured paper – in a perfect square (cut this yourself) wrapping paper is great or you can buy special origami paper from stationers

The Crane:

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I’m using a double-sided piece of paper for all the folds. In this case, it’s blue on one side and purple on the other. I want the finished crane to be blue, so I’m starting with the blue side face down, and the purple “inside” upwards.

Step One: Fold the paper corner to corner, so that you have a triangle. Then fold this triangle corner to corner. You then have a triangular object, with two pockets inside.

Step Two: Open up each of these pockets and squash-fold them down, so that you have a diamond shape that’s open at the bottom.
Each of the side corners will have two layers, one at the front and one at the back.

Step Three: Keeping the open end towards you, fold each of the side corners (from the top layer only) into the middle, so that the lower edge rests against the centre line of the model (it will look like a kite). Turn the model over and do the same on the other side. Fold the top point down over these folds, front and back, so that you create a new fold. Then unfold the flaps that you’ve made – the next fold will be done along these creases.

Step Four: This is the only tricky bit – you do what is called a “petal fold”. You now have the open-ended diamond in front of you, like in step 2, with some additional creases. Pick up the bottom point (only the very top layer), and gently lift it upwards, folding along the creases that you’ve just made, including the horizontal crease at the top. The flaps fold into the middle. This is the crane’s wing. Do the same on the other side. You should now have a long, pointy diamond, where one end (the end pointing towards you) has two “legs” – that’s how I think of it, and if you look at it from the side, you should be able to see the wings and the body between them

Step Five: Now we want to narrow the lower part to make the neck and tail. Fold the side corners into the middle again, so that the edges lie along the centre line of the model. Do this on both sides. You now have a pointy diamond with two legs, but where the bottom is narrower than the top.

Step Six: Fold each “leg” (these are the head and tail) up at the angle you want them to be in relation to the wings, and make sure that the crease is reasonably pronounced, and then unfold. Now fold them up at the same angle, but between the wings (this is called an “inside reverse fold”) – the fold in the middle of the neck/tail will reverse. If your paper is a bit thick, you might find that your paper is difficult to fold here, and overlaps too much for you to be able to make the fold look neat. If this happens to me, I go back a couple of steps and rearrange the folds at step 5 to give a little more room.

Step Seven: Almost done – you now have everything except the head. Chose one of the head/tail ends, and make a small “inside reverse” fold to make the head. Now fold the wings down.You can blow gently into the hole at the bottom of the model to inflate the body, or arrange the model so that it will stand up by itself – or you could make it into a decoration.

The Flower & Frog (base)

Again, I’m starting with the colour I want my piece to be face down. In this model, the “inside” colour will show in the middle of the flower, so double sided paper looks great. The flower and the frog start from the same base.

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DIY Tutorial: 1920s Style Cap Veil

After the popularity of the rainbow petticoat tutorial that Alexandra King created for Rock n Roll Bride, I was keen to get her to design us something else just as special. We came up with the idea of making your own 1920s cap style veil. Wedding veils can be sooo expensive so we thought having a DIY option would be a great idea! I really hope you like it. I LOVE it.

Over to you Alex…

This cap style veil is inspired by the gorgeous twenties flapper veils and in this DIY tutorial you’ll create something that, even if matched with a simple dress, will make a grand entrance. This is a lovely project to work on with your friends and/or family over time, you can embroider messages on the hem and use details that have been collected or personal to you. I imagine it being passed on to another bride, adding more detail with each wedding.

All of the trimmings for this veil were found in a local haberdashery with some vintage lace sourced from a charity shop and the veiling can be bought easily online. The material costs can be from as little as £40 and upwards depending on your base fabric.

Supplies Needed:

♥ Tulle (this can be found cheaply online. To create a cathedral length veil like I have, you will need 3×3 metres. You can use a nylon tulle, cotton tulle or silk tulle. The natural fibres have a better drape but need extra care.)
♥ A sewing machine
♥ Needle and thread
♥ Embellishments of your choice – you can use corsages, lace, bows, ribbon, rhinestones, studs anything you like.

Method:

Step One: Edge your veil in a lace or satin trim. You can go as fine or as wide as you like depending on the look you want. I used a 15mm guipure lace trim.

Step Two: Check the veil is hanging properly all around. You may want to curve your corners or leave them sharp depending on how you like the veil to fold.

Step Three: Measure over the top of your head from ear to ear and mark on the centre edge of the veil. This is where you will place your veil and where the decoration will be.

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DIY Tutorial: Ribbon Bouquet

When I first saw today’s DIY tutorial I thought it would be a really tricky one, but I’m pleased to report that I was wrong! Emma of Two Little Birds Boutique has made it look so simple and quick – let’s all have a go!

Over to you Emma…

My name is Emma and I’m very excited to be writing a guest post for Rock n Roll Bride, as even before I was engaged I trawled through the posts, loving all the fabulous inspiration and ideas. So now I hope I can repay something back and inspire some brides with my handmade ribbon bouquets.

Supplies Needed:

♥ Ribbon in  your choice of colours and sizes
♥ Scissors
♥ Wire Cutters
♥ Pliers
♥ Flower wire (green in colour)
♥ Flower Tape (also green)
♥ Glue Gun
♥ Embellishing materials such as felt, fabric, lace, buttons or old pieces of jewellery

Method:

Step One: Start with making your ribbon flowers. This is done crossing over the ribbon approximately 8-10 times (depending on how full you want your flower to look), each time use your glue gun to secure the ribbon in place after you have created a loop.

Step Two: Now you have created your base, you can now start to get creative! Raid your jewellery and craft boxes and dig out all those old bits of jewellery and pretty buttons. You can also use bits of fabric, felt or lace to layer on top of the ribbon base. Use your trusty glue gun to secure every layer in place.

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DIY Tutorial: ‘Be Mine’ Tattoo Heart Valentine’s Cupcake Toppers by Restoration Cake

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I fancied sneaking in an extra bonus DIY tutorial for you just before the big day. Get yourself to the supermarket sharpish and make these cute Valentine’s themed cupcake toppers for your beau (and if you buy the cupcakes to put them on I promise not to tell…)

Thank you to the amazing Charlotte of Restoration Cake for the awesomeness. She would also like to offer all readers of Rock n Roll Bride 10% off any wedding cake order placed after seeing this feature. Simply email Charlotte on info@restorationcake.co.uk with the subject header ROCKNROLLBRIDEOFFER. Charlotte will also randomly pick one of you to receive a whopping 50% off your wedding cake (more info at the bottom on this post).

Happy day of LOVE!

In case you have not been outside of your house for the last couple of weeks and have missed the annual onslaught of red roses, hearts, chocolates, and cuddly toys; tomorrow is Valentine’s Day. You probably still have time to run to your nearest supermarket and panic-buy a card and a bear that says ‘I Wuv You’.

However, if DIY gifts are more in keeping with your style, I have a little treat for you in the shape of these incredibly easy cupcake toppers. When Kat asked me to put together a DIY post for Rock n Roll Bride, I wanted to do something just that little bit inspired by the pink lady herself… so here it is, ‘Be Mine’ tattoo heart cupcake toppers.

These toppers are quick and easy to make and you will not need an awful lot of equipment to make them

Supplies Needed:

♥ Fondant Icing (also known as sugarpaste) in white
♥ Paste food colouring or some pre-coloured sugarpaste
♥ Non-stick rolling pin
♥ Small heart-shaped cookie cutter
♥ Pizza wheel or a small knife
♥ Food colouring pen
♥ Paintbrush

Method:

Step One: You need to start by making your hearts. You want these to be a bright, vibrant colour like hot pink or red. White sugarpaste can be coloured using paste food colours (Sugarflair is the best brand to use) and these are available in craft shops and online. Please do not try to colour sugarpaste with liquid food colours as you will make one heck of a mess! Also, if you want to achieve a true colour like red or black, you will need to buy ready-coloured sugarpaste as you will not achieve the depth of colour that you want from adding colour. Small packs of ready-coloured sugarpaste are available in the baking sections of most supermarkets (containing red, black, green and yellow usually) or at craft shops.

I have made up a hot pink using Sugarflair’s Ruby paste colour.

Give your sugarpaste a quick knead to warm it a little, then roll out to around 3-5mm thick. Cut out your hearts using a small heart-shaped cookie cutter (believe me, these are in your supermarket today!) Set the hearts aside to dry out a little.

Step Two: To make the scrolls, you need to roll out some white sugarpaste to 2-3mm thick. Cut strips using a pizza wheel (this is a cake decorator’s trick, the wheel is the BEST way to cut fondant smoothly!) or a small knife. The width of the strip will depend upon the size of your hearts. Aim for about a third of the height of the heart as you don’t want to cover the whole heart up.

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DIY Tutorial: Heart Shaped Cookie-Pops

Who doesn’t love cookies?! Who doesn’t love cakepops? Combine the two and I’m just about ecstatic! These heart shaped cookie-pops would make perfect wedding favours, a cute addition to your dessert table or the perfect a Valentines day treat for you and your loved one!

Over to you Miss Cake… (by the way, be sure to go check out her website for some totally adorable perspex cake toppers and jewellery!)

I love a cookie (well, who doesn’t) and I wanted to create a super-cute DIY personalised cookie tutorial for those without sugarcraft knowledge or a perfectly steady hand for piping icing names. The techniques used here I have gleaned from my past life as a cake maker and my present life as a crafter.  With a little bit of practice you should be able to get a cookie factory line going in your kitchen and you can create your own cookie favours to do the double whammy of personalising your wedding and feeding your guests a little treat. I would recommend doing them in small batches and doing a few extras for breakages (or munchies) along the way.

Supplies Needed:

♥ Ingredients for cookies:
400g plain flower (plus extra for dusting)
200g unsalted soft butter
200g caster sugar
1 egg, lightly beaten
Icing sugar for dusting
Optional flavourings (pick one) – grated zest of 1 lemon or orange, seeds from 1 vanilla pod, or for chocolate replace 50g of flour with 50g cocoa powder

Note: this quantity will make between 10-20 cookies depending on the size of your cutter

♥ Rolling pin
♥ Greaseproof paper and baking sheet
♥ Cookie cutter in your choice of shape (I got mine from eBay)
♥ Lolly sticks
♥ Fondant icing (such as Regalice or supermarket own brand)
♥ Food colouring paste (try cake decorating shops/online)
♥ Letter stamper (mine is a 5mm letter sized one from eBay)
♥ Vodka
♥ Paint brush
♥ Small heart plunger cutter (try cake decorating shops/online)
♥ Cello bags for packaging
♥ Ribbon for decoration

Method

Step One: Bake the cookies! I use my trusty Kitchen Aid but this can also be done by hand, it will just take slightly longer. Cream the butter, sugar and flavouring until well mixed and just becoming creamy. Beat in the egg until well combined then add flour and mix until a dough forms. Shape into a ball, wrap in cling film and chill for at least 1 hour.

Step Two: After chilling, knead the mixture briefly then roll to an even thickness using a dusting of flour to stop the mixture sticking. Use the lolly sticks to guide you to the right thickness, you need to be able to insert the stick through the cookie’s middle and make sure it doesn’t stick out at the back. Use the cutter to cut out the desired shapes, carefully insert the lolly sticks (I find a gentle wiggle helps) and place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper. Chill again for 30 minutes.

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DIY Tutorial: Seriously Cute Fabric Bow-Tie

I love this super adorbs fabric bow-tie tutorial from Chloe Adlington of Adore by Chloe. I think they would be perfect for your fiance, his groomsmen… or even your pets to wear at your wedding (check out the sweet doggie photo at the end of the post!) Plus, once you’ve mastered the making the bow, why not use them to make something for yourself? You could add it to a headband, attach them to a belt, make it into a brooch… The bow-y possibilities are endless! Have fun!

Over to you Chloe…

My other half loves pattern, bright colours and has a quirky sense of style. Even if he’s required to wear formal, black tie he will find a way to bring his own style to it.

We faced said occasion over Christmas so I pulled out my fabric stash and made him a few different bow ties… nothing to offend his boss over dinner but still ‘him’!

They’re fairly simple to make if you can use a sewing machine.

Supplies Needed:

♥ Your choice of fabric – Two pieces which are 50 x 8 cm (for the bow & collar) and one piece which is 8 x 10 cm (for the bow centre)
♥ 2x 5cm strips of Velcro
♥ Sewing machine
♥ A needle and thread
♥ Scissors
♥ Ruler
♥ A pen

Method

Step One: Firstly, we’re going to make the bow. Take one of the pieces of fabric measuring 50 x 8cm and fold it in half, with the wrong side of the fabric showing.

Step Two: Sew along three edges (leaving one of the short ends open for turning) and snip the very corners off, this makes turning out neater in the corners!

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