Win Tickets to Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair

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Attention DIY enthusiasts! From September 18th – 20th, Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair is taking place at the beautiful Hampton Court Palace and this is one event you are not going to want to miss.

Not only will you be able to buy craft supplies and handmade gifts in the shopping village, but there will be live demos and skills workshops with experts going on all weekend. Kirstie herself will of course be there too, demonstrating and speaking with top makers, designers and crafts people (including Mollie Makes Magazine, Will Taylor of Bright Bazaar, wedding planner Sarah Haywood, potter Emma Bridgewater and Etsy!) in the Super Theatre.

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The skills workshops are the perfect way for you to develop your expertise or learn new techniques, and will be taking place on a wide range of topics including yarn and textiles, seasonal, fashion accessories, upcycling and papercraft.

There is even going to be a wedding tent hosted by Hobbycraft which will give you the perfect opportunity to learn some new skills for your upcoming wedding. You’ll have the chance to learn calligraphy, find out how to make your own marbled stationery, and even put together some beautiful floral arrangements!

Every ticket to The Handmade Fair includes one skills workshop*, and each session lasts between 30 minutes and an hour. Content in the wedding tent is the same each day.

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Today I am giving away TEN pairs of tickets to the fair (including access to the Super Theatre). To enter simply comment on this post, and in 200 words or less, share your favourite DIY project that you’re doing (or did!) for your wedding. You have one week, until Wednesday 5th August, to enter and the winners will be emailed after that date.

If you are not lucky enough to win the tickets, don’t despair, I am also offering an exclusive discount code for Rock n Roll Bride readers! Simply use the discount code RRB15 at the checkout to get entry to the fair plus a seat in the Super Theatre for just £15** (usually £20).

Ts & Cs

♥ Ten readers will win a pair of tickets for Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair on either Friday 18th, Saturday 19th or Sunday 20th September (you can choose your preferred date). Prize does not include travel to and from the event or accommodation.
♥ Closing date for entries is 05/08/2015. Winners will be randomly be selected and will be notified by email within a week of the closing date.
♥ Contest open to all Rock n Roll Bride readers over the age of 18.
♥ Only 1 entry per IP address.
♥ If for any reason the advertised prizes are unavailable, Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair reserves the right at their absolute discretion to substitute a similar prize of equivalent or greater value. None of the prizes may be exchanged or transferred and no cash alternative will be offered.
♥ By entering the draw, you hereby warrant that all information submitted by you is true, current and complete.
♥ Liability cannot be accepted for entries which are lost in transit or not received due to technical difficulties.
♥ Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair’s decision and any decision taken by the promoter is final and no correspondence will be entered into.
♥ By entering the competition you agree to be contacted with marketing materials by Kirstie Allsopp’s Handmade Fair and to be added to the Handmade Fair’s mailing list (you can unsubscribe at any time). Your contact details will not be shared with any third party.
♥ No purchase necessary.

* Additional workshop sessions are bookable on the day, subject to availability – please arrive early to avoid disappointment.
** Booking fees apply


  1. April Cursons

    Currently drawing and sketching in both ink and watercolour animal themed placecards for my sister’s wedding. Her theme is the Animals of Farthing Wood and I’m matching them to guests. We’re also doing felt animal masks and pin on tails for a dress up box.

  2. Harriet Kinder

    I’m embroidering the table names (romance novels) for each table and going to leave them in the embroidery hoops and prop them up against the vases of flowers for the centre of the tables. Given myself a year to get them right!

  3. Victoria

    My favourite DIY project is my table pieces.
    I’ve made table runners out of matt back & white photo stills of a movie (each table is a movie), made a film reel out of cardboards (paper mache), in the reel we have red silk flowers & put props in a glass jar with different colour fish tank tone/gem thingies! 🙂 I’m currently writing it all up for my blog! 🙂

  4. Hannah Rogers

    Where do I start!? Amongst the bunting, spray painted bottles, table runners, cross stitched table plan and place cards…Our origami flowers for bouquets, buttonholes and table decorations are definitely my favourite 🙂

  5. Louise Mann

    I think my favourite DIY project for my wedding will be my garter 🙂 I’ve gone out and bought lace I love plus some blue ribbon because it’s our favourite colour. I can’t wait to get it sewn up! I’m also adding my lucky sixpence to it on a flat backed bezel – it’s an extra special one too as it was minted the year my Dad was born!

  6. Jenny Newham

    I only got engaged a month ago, but my first DIY project for the wedding was making 5 paper chains of 5 ladies each with different coloured dresses, one for each of my bridesmaids to be, and a little ginger flower girl on the end (my niece!) It took AGES as I got a bit carried away giving them all different hairstyles & coloured shoes to match, but they look so cute! I can’t wait to give them to my “b*tches” tonight & ask them to walk with me on the best day of my life, and I have a feeling this won’t be the last craft/DIY project I do before the wedding next year..!

  7. jemma Morgan

    I’m currently in the throes of making twenty giant poppies! They are all about six foot tall and have been one of the funnest crafts I’ve ever made,frequently me and my sister get some wine and cheese and go for it. Poppies powered by cheese and chardonnay! We chose poppies because they are symbols of life and hope,growing sometimes where nothing else will. We both felt that the positive attitude of a poppy is something we could both aspire for. Plus they look blimin awesome x

  8. Frankie Jones

    We are going to create three terrariums for our three long tables each to fit a different world in our Geek Chic theme. There will be one for the Middle Earth table which of course will be Bagend (Bilbo’s Hobbit Hole), a whomping willow complete with the crashed Ford Anglia for the world of Harry Potter and an alien planet with the gorgeous blue TARDIS in place for our Doctor Who table. I’m going to use modelling clay to make the different elements then select plants to suit each theme. I want to find vintage glass bowls or vases for each one so they are unique. Once the wedding is over, we’ll try to keep them alive for as long as possible!

  9. THE DRESS! I’ve mixed several vintage 70’s sewing patterns together and managed countless secret fittings in the spare room. Hubby-to-be was banned from entering! The scariest part was that first cut into the precious ivory lace, but so worth it in the end to get that individual look I was after.

  10. Lowri Kew

    My favourite thing we did was our photo board- an old fashioned screen with a picture of everyone at the wedding through the years ( & the few who couldn’t make it) with handmade bunting with “thank-you for being part of our journey”. It summed up why we were there the amazing people who had dragged us through bad times and shared good to get us to our happy ending. It was the one thing we kept secret and caused a lot of happy tears! A close second was our day of the dead Darth Vader skull inspired from issue 1 RnRB magazine made on my birthday ( Valentine’s Day) – normal way to spend your b’day right??!

  11. I have not yet got married but when I do…..
    … crafts will be around reloved items as that is what I do at the moment!! My favourite item I have made (and my most popular) is up-cycling a cheap mirror into a gorgeous vintage style mirror. The beautiful flower fabric wraps around the frame and also shows through the mirror behind the glass. I would tie the mirror and an upcycled vintage theme in with my homemade beauty products, like the rose (would match the flowers on the mirror) and lavender bath salts I made. They smelt gorgeous! And looked amazing in a blue tinted hexagon glass jar I found at a car boot. They would be perfect favours for my bridsmaids or centre pieces for the tables.

  12. Vicki

    We’re having a pagan handfasting, and just started work on a besom (jumping broom). I salvaged a branch from a friend after she did some major hard pruning of the trees in her garden for the broom handle, and got some decorative sticks from charity shops I’m spraying purple, silver and black – or wedding colours! Finishing with beads and bows! The fact I’ve made it myself will make it extra special, and I’m making coordinating cord fir the ceremony to using kuhmahino.

  13. Rebecca

    There was lots of DIY loveliness at our wedding but perhaps the most effective, simplest (and cheapest!) were our jam jars decorated in ribbons, lace and paper doilies! We asked everyone to collect their old jars, decorated them on a drunken night and used them to hold our flowers for centrepieces, and everyone took them home. Nice floral displays for the wedding and a cute utensil/cotton bud/spare button holder to keep forever – absolute win.

  14. SandraB

    It has to be the napkin holders made from some vintage forks I picked up on Ebay cheaply that were bent into shape. It was quite a feat involving a vice, a piece of pipe and a rubber mallett. It took a few of us several nights to get enough done for all the tables but they were quite a talking point and we were left with more than were taken after the event! 😉

  15. Kate

    My favourite diy project was making the bridesmaids dresses. We had such fun picking out the fabrics, and meeting up for the fittings gave us the perfect excuse to chat for hours at a time!

  16. Sharon Hodgson

    Currently buying/collecting seeds so that I can grow flowers specifically for our wedding next year. The usual veg in raised beds will be ousted to make way for a beautiful and bountiful (I hope) cutting garden. Researching what will be in flower at the right time, and the colours that we want has been fun. Also collecting pretty jars and bottles to hold the flowers – as groups on tables and also wired up and hanging from balustrades, etc. And experimenting with arrangements in old family teacups for a gorgeous vintage vibe – and to remember grandmas and hubby-to-be’s mum who are sadly no longer with us.

  17. Nichola Smith

    I’m currently planning an enchanted forest wedding and will be spending the autumn collecting pinecones to make squirrels and fairies out of, sycamore seeds will form the wings of my dragonflies, acorns will be little faces for my fairies and leaves will be their wings. Various sticks and twigs will be used for other odds and and and they will all dangle off my tree centrepieces made with small fallen branches and more leaves will be used as place names. I am also making my own seedbombs as favours with wild flower seed :).

    Oh and I am growing violets to sugar for my cake and flowers for my tables too.

    I’ve only got 49 weeks and 3 days left to get all this done so I need to get cracking!

  18. Rosie Reid

    I am currently making collars and bow ties for my dogs to wear at our wedding as they are our page boys and bridesmaid 🙂

  19. Laura H

    I’m planning on making 100 hand died ombre napkins for our July 2016 wedding! Our colour scheme has a lot of grey involved so I’m thinking grey going through to white. It seems to be a fairly easy way to inject a bit of colour into the table setting. I’ve seen a few gorgeous DIY blog posts for these – they look fairly tricky but I think I can master them! #famouslastwords… x

  20. Laura Conk

    I’m hoping to crochet/knit my own bouquet. I love crafting, flowers can be so pricey, and I want to include something that plays a big part in my life (I’m still a relatively new yarn enthusiast but I’m addicted!) Depending on how well it turns out I might crochet buttonholes too.

  21. Jade Sumbilla

    I tried to make most things for my destination wedding, from hole punching entire atlases with a heart punch to make nautical confetti to sewing zipper pouches for my bridesmaids.

    The most challenging of all was the wedding favours. My husband is Filipino, so I collected 100x 1 penny coins, and 100x 1pesos coins (the Filipino equivalent to 1p). All of these coins had to be 2012 coins (the year we met).

    I drilled a hole in these coins, and hand stamped 100 copper blanks with ‘Jade ❤ Jeff, 18.04.2015’, and made keychains. These were then tied with a thank you cardboard tag. All in all, it took me over 18 months to make them, and I took them half way across the world for our wedding (it weighed 3kg!) and after all that I forgot to save myself one after the big day. The guests loved them though!

  22. Claire Lindow

    I made my wedding dress with 2 friends – a 50s style circle princess line dress in Ivory duchess satin. My bridesmaid made her dress – a 50s pencil dress in emerald green satin. I made bunting for our reception room with off cuts from the wedding dress. My mum made our wedding cake. I picked the flowers for my bouquet from a garden I volunteered in which used to be a BBC gardeners world garden. We organised our wedding in 6 months so it was an exciting time preparing for our wedding!

  23. Our wedding in 2010 was on a shoestring budget so most of the decorations, flowers, invites etc were made by us. By far my most favourite creation was the bunting, I asked lots of my friends & family if they would like to contribute & sent out instruction packs for felt heart bunting. It was amazing receiving all the hearts back & looking at how differently everyone had decorated them. They were amazing & totally in keeping with the theme as everyone stick to the pink/red colour theme. Such a gorgeous memento of the day.

  24. As bridesmaid for my friend I have offered to help make bunting for her wedding day. I ordered lots of different materials for her to pick from and cut out triangles of each and we spent a whole evening deciding on the fabrics and pattern, even the groom was getting involved. After measuring the venue it turns out she needs about 140m! Fortunately I realised how much I love sewing & creating unique bunting designs and I ended up starting a little etsy shop to use up the material we didn’t decide to use. So on top of the 140m for next June I now make wedding bunting for lots of brides and love it!

    I’ve also been collecting empty jars for about a year to be used to decorate window sills and for centre pieces for my friends wedding that we will decorate ourselves.

  25. Ahh, I LOVE making things so our wedding was always going to be a DIY handmade affair. To start with, I made little teddies out of socks for each of my best friends to ask them to be my bridesmaids, complete with a little lace tutu each so the teddies looked ‘bridal’!

    We also made all our own wedding stationery – which involved a lot of heart shaped paper doilies, string, and pretty paper flowers.

    My now husband (!!!) also painted mini canvases for each table for place names. They were HONESTLY AMAZING! I’m so proud of him for being so talented and able to paint such beautiful things. I scanned in all his paintings to make the table plan and used magnets to stick them to a magnetic board I’d made as well! (Who knew you could get magnetic paint?! Best thing ever… painted many, many, many layers of it onto the back of a huge photo framed and once it was strong enough, decoupaged comic book wrapping paper over the top so it looked super cool!).

    I also made hundreds of little origami stars which were put in vases on each table. My husband proposed by putting my ring box in a larger box FILLED with origami stars so they couldn’t not be involved in the wedding. He also proposed with a papercut he’d made that said “You are my Sunshine!”… We’re a very crafty couple!

    We also DIY’d our flowers, and decorated ourselves including making our own ribbon and flower arch. There isn’t really much we didn’t do ourselves! SO MUCH FUN but very time consuming!

    And what did he get me as a wedding present!? My very own first sewing machine! Long may the crafting continue!!!!! xxx

  26. charlie

    For our wedding day I really wanted to make my husband something special so that when he woke up and started getting ready he’d know how excited I was to see him later. I wanted to do something personal and cute but funny… I decided to embroider a few pairs of underpants. He is a huge Beatles fan so on one I put our names and the date, on one i did a picture of a mexican wrestler (he used to wrestle) and on the third i embroidered ‘in the end the love you take is equal to the love you make’. Best of all he kept insisting in the lead up that he didn’t need new underwear for the day so it worked out perfectly! (and he still loves wearing them four years later)


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