Category Archives: DIY Tutorials

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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DIY Tutorial: Twine Ball Light Garland

This simple and cute tutorial to make your own twine ball light garland is right up my street. Thank you to Michelle Kelly of Pocketful of Dreams for putting it together for us!

Over to you Michelle…

I’ve seen twine balls used for all sorts of purposes, from chandeliers to pretty table decor, so I thought I’d have a go at making a light garland using this idea. I wanted something that would create a really pretty lighting effect, but I also wanted the string to have quite a strong and vibrant colour.

So I chose to use coloured twine, alternating between pink and purple twine balls. But what I actually found was that the glue and cornflour mixture tended to make the colour look a little dulled and whitewashed, it still looked pretty and works really well if you have more of a muted colour-scheme, however this is not the look I was going for. So to create the vibrancy I wanted I sprayed my twine balls with spraypaint once they had dried, this gave them a really lovely sheen as well as the strong colour I wanted, so this is worth noting if you want strong as opposed to muted colours. And of course if you are spraying yours you can use any twine, you don’t need to go to the expense of sourcing pretty coloured ones.

Supplies Needed:

♥ Twine – Either plain or in colours of your choosing
♥ PVA Glue – About 1/2 litre
♥ Cornflour
♥ Warm water
♥ Balloons
♥ Marker pen
♥ Vaseline
♥ Old tray for the glue mixture
♥ A broom or long piece of wood to hand the balloons from
♥ Twinkly light garland to attach the twine-balls to
♥ Fishing wire
♥ Spray paint in the colours of your choice – I used Rustoleum painters touch multi-purpose paint

Method:

Step One: First of all blow-up the balloons, one for each twine-ball you want to make. Smear the balloons with a thin coating of vaseline (this will stop your twine from sticking to the balloons).

Step Two: Tie a piece of string to the ends of each balloon and then around an old piece of wood (I had mine balanced across the backs of two chairs in my backyard). Make sure you have something underneath, like plastic sheeting or bin bags to catch all the drips.

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DIY Tutorial: Piano Keys Slogan Garland – A Great Alternative to Wedding Bunting

Today’s super cute DIY tutorial comes from reader Klaire of Paper Me Happy. The piano keys theme could be a great alternative to bunting at your wedding. Alongside her husband, Klaire makes gorgeous paper flowers – the perfect alternative to the real deal. “We create alternative wedding flowers for alternative couples, fusing ancient origami folds with contemporary prints and patterns and vintage novel pages,” she explains.

Over to you Klaire…

I’m very excited to be sharing today’s DIY piano keys garland project with you. Mine is currently pride of place abreast my mantle piece but think it could look equally cool at a music-loving couple’s wedding. For my garland, I’ll be using the slogan ‘Baby, Let’s make sweet music’ but in my PDF artwork I have included the full alphabet and numbers, so you can craft whatever slogan you fancy. You can download the PDF with the template for both the piano keys and letters from here.

Supplies Needed

♥ The letters for your chosen slogan printed out onto standard printer paper
♥ Enough piano key pages to accommodate your chosen slogan (each page fits approximately 4 letters)
♥ Masking tape
♥ Scissors or a scalpel blade
♥ Metallic ruler
♥ Paper glue or spray mount
♥ Blu tack, double sided tape or pins (for hanging the finished garland)

Method

Step One: Cut out all of the letters of your chosen slogan and around the outer edge of the piano keys artwork (you don’t have to cut inbetween the individual keys just yet).

Step Two: Next, place the piano keys pages face down and side-by-side on a flat surface. Ensuring they are correctly aligned, use a bit of masking tape to fix each page to the next. Once they are all attached to each other, stick a continuous length of masking tape along the top edge of the garland – this help’s to strengthen the garland as it could become quite flimsy once fully cut and also marks the point to stop cutting through the individual keys.

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DIY Tutorial: Vintage China Cake Stand

This week’s DIY tutorial comes from Betty of Betty Bee Vintage. This simple project looks like a lot of fun, and wouldn’t these look amazing as part of your reception centrepieces? You could cover them with cupcakes, flowers, pearls…well, whatever takes you’re fancy I guess. I kinda like the idea of using really dark coloured plates and putting skulls on them surrounded with ivy…but well, that’s just me. I better leave this to the experts…

If like me you long for the days of Victorian decadence where tea was served in china regardless of the location and slumming it might mean forfeiting the finger bowl but never napkins then this craft project is for you. Nothing makes a wedding look as elegant as including a cake stand. You can use them as table centres covered with flowers or simply serve cupcakes on them. Here’s my guide to making one of your very own for under a tenner.

Supplies Needed

♥ Selection of plates
♥ A 3 Tier cake stand fixing (these can be found on eBay and many online craft stores they usually cost about £6)
♥ A fully charged cordless drill with a tile drill bit. This is important, as a normal drill bit will break your plates
♥ A screwdriver
♥ A pen
♥ A tape measure

Method

Step One: Probably the most time consuming part of the process is sourcing your plates. Charity shops, car boots and jumble sales are great for this. Remember the plates don’t have to match; in fact it can look prettier and more unique if they don’t. I always try and tie the plates together in some way whether it be a theme (birds, flowers or toile for example) or by complimentary colours but this is entirely up to you.

You will need a dinner plate for the bottom, side plate for the middle  and either a saucer or teacup for the top. Be warned very occasionally if a plate has a hairline crack or is especially delicate it will break when you drill it so this is not a project to do with your grandmothers irreplaceable dinner service.

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DIY Tutorial: ‘Bobble Wobble’ Christmas Place Names

This week’s super cute DIY project was submitted by Erin of BerinMade. Erin’s etsy shop is a place for fancifully hand-drawn posters and flamboyant stationery & paper goods and I’m honoured to share with you this adorable tutorial that she created just for us. These would be awesome for a Christmas wedding or even just for your Christmas dinner table.

Over to you Erin…

This little project is a ton of fun to make and has loads of room for creativity to make it your own! I think these little bauble wobbles would make very fun place names in lieu of tent cards. If it’s a Christmas wedding you’re having, you could make simplified versions of these and your guests could take them home as a souvenir!

Supplies Needed

1. Paint brushes and paint (I find gouache paint gives the most vibrant colours that give cheer tothese little gems)
2. Scissors
3. Pencil for sketching
4. Recycled round baubles (mine were about 7cm in diameter)
5. White card (at about 200gsm – easy enough to cut with scissors but hard enough so it stands up)
6. Super Glue

Method

Step 1: First sketch out your portraits in pencil, then colour in with paint. I painted a boy with glasses called James and girl with hairband and matching polka dot scarf called Jessica (they look like me and my husband, except they have a basset called Woof.)

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DIY Tutorial: No-Sew Felt Gift Envelopes by Princess Lasertron

As someone who pretty much sucks at all things crafty, I was super excited when this no-sew-super-cute-but-super-simple DIY tutorial landed in my inbox from my Sister From Another Mister, Megan of Princess Lasertron. Even I could make these babies!

Wouldn’t these just be the cutest way to wrap your Christmas gifts this year?

Take it away Mrs…

This is an easy no-sew (barely) felt envelope that I designed to hold a small note and gift for, say, a bridesmaid or flower girl or any special friend. With the template provided, you can use you imagination to make the project as I’ve designed it, or you can use more masculine colors or simpler buttons and stitching to serve as gift packaging for men, children, or anyone else on your gift list. (They are the perfect size to hold a gift card!) It’s a simple but fun project that is open to lots of extra personalization and creativity.

None of the materials are hard to find. Most of the felt projects I do require felt yardage, which has to be purchased in large quantities by-the-bolt, but small 9×12” sheets of felt from any craft store are ideal for this small gift envelope. The closure is a simple button–any kind will do–and beyond that, all that is needed is scissors and fabric glue.

My motto is “Make it Pretty,” and the attention to detail, careful finishing techniques, personalization, and love I put into everything I make has made my bridal design company Princess Lasertron a worldwide success. I design and create felt flower bouquets, dresses, and accessories for fabulous brides using wool felt yardage and hard-to-find vintage notions and trims, but I designed this lovely little gift envelope to be easy to make with materials you can find at any hobby or craft store. Just add your own love, personality, and magic and your gift envelope will be perfect. (And remember, Make it Pretty!)

Supplies Needed

9×12” square of felt (the standard size sold in any craft or hobby store)
Fabric glue (I use Fabri-Tac)
Printable envelope template which can be downloaded here
Marker pen
Button (Shank buttons work best…those are the ones with a back hook rather than holes)
Scissors
Needle and thread

Method

Step 1: Print and cut out the envelope template. Trace it onto your felt with the marker. If you have disappearing ink for fabric, that is great, and if not, you can just carefully cut inside the ink line.

Step 2: Cut a rectangle of scrap felt the same length as the inside of the envelope–the width doesn’t really matter. It’s going to be an inside pocket, so make it a bit wide, but 1-2 inches should be sufficient.

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