Category Archives: D.I.Y
For our recent Rough Luxe inspired Real Bride shoot I created a Rough Luxe photo holder. A simple painted wooden frame with wool stretched across it, finished off with mini wooden pegs to grip on to your chosen images.
Today I thought I would show you how easy it is to make one of these little ‘washing lines’ for your photographs. It’s a great bit of decor for your reception venue that will not only look ace but also entertain your guests.
You’ve Been Framed
All you need is some very basic tools to make the frame – a pencil, a saw and a set square. Don’t worry if your set square isn’t as snazzy and pink as mine. A normal boring set square will work just as well.
Cut your wood (which you can get from any hardware store for a couple of quid) at right angles and assemble your frame. The frame doesn’t need to be too strong so you should be fine to just stick the wood together with PVA glue. If your cutting skills aren’t quite up to Nick Knowles standards don’t worry – if you have a few gaps on your joins you can use a bit of filler to smooth everything out before applying paint to suit your colour scheme.
A Wooly Wonder
Once your frame is cut, stuck and painted it’s time to get the wool out. I went for a grey to match the frame but you could use contrasting colours instead. Wool is quite good at gripping so you should be able to wrap the wool around the frame a few times and not worry about it slipping or moving too much.… View the full post.
Did you think that meant we were being a bit naughty? Well we’re not promise. We mean in the literal sense.
As in – reception drinks, or the drinks you have after your ceremony or the drinks you have whilst dancing even…. Champagne? Proscecco? Cava? your favourite vino?
If you do favour any one of those mentioned above we’ve made you some fancy monogrammed label downloads for you to potentially make your very own bottles to serve them in and if you fancy something more refreshing (and non alcoholic) we’ve got that covered too.
You see we figured those of you that have a marquee, or a back yard or just any blank canvas do-what-you-want venue then you may want to create your very own drinks bar (think dessert bar only with um….drinks on it). For glasses you can use jam jars (check out Stephen and Julia’s wedding for inspiration) and bottles are only £1.99 each from Ikea. You can purchase yourselves some stripy straws from Peach Blossom and then decorate them with a selection of our free downloadable flags (cut them out and glue around the straw – easy peasy.)
We’ve also made a whole host of free fruity downloadable labels for you to decorate aforementioned jars and bottles, choose from Lemonade, cherryade, orange juice, apple juice or even raspberry cordial (my favourite.)
And even if you don’t want a whole drinks bar these could make cute additions to just the drinks you make available to the children amongst your guests.… View the full post.
Our Jar Of Hearts D.I.Y tutorial, which you can view here was really popular (thanks folks!) and we have been inundated with requests for the graphic downloads to be available in various different colour schemes.
Your wish is our command and today we have managed to put together for you a few of the most popular colour requests.
We have decided to use grey as a base colour and provide various options for the accent colour. We figured grey goes with everything, so by doing it this way, the colour combinations we’ve put together will be useful for as many of you keen D.I.Y W-day planners as possible.
We are still open to requests, so please feel free to leave us a comment with your particular colour ideas and we will do our best to add to the downloads available on this post in due course, so please check back regularly.
We have created a word document for the name card download so that you can type in your own guest names. All of the other downloads are .pdf files.
The font we used in this tutorial is called “Delicious” and you can get it for free from the brilliant font foundry exljbris.
We hope you find these free downloads useful.
Please do let us know what colour you would like to use for your big day, we can’t promise anything but we will do our best to build a resource right here of your favourite colour combinations.
Some time ago Vix, Adam and I sat around my kitchen table (it’s where all the magic happens you know..) to talk D.I.Y.
As in – innovative never-seen-before-we-invented-it-ourselves D.I.Y. Projects we can share with you gorgeous lot that are specific to these blue polka dot pages and that you can use for W-day.
This first “Jar Of Hearts” idea stemmed from my slight obsession with the Christina Perri song of the same name and… badges. I loves me a badge.
It started off as a quirky option for favours then developed into this whole way to get your guests talking during the wedding breakfast, a bespoke guest book, place card name AND favour fandango…It seems when I get a light bulb moment it becomes a full-on runaway train. Good job I’ve got Adam and his graphic skills to bring it all to life then…
And just like any D.I.Y project we will be creating in the future, we’ve got all our graphics as FREE downloads for you to help yourselves too as well as the step by step how-to.
We’ve got a few questions at the end of this post (as well as the opportunity to win cool camera stuff) so if you’ve got a minute we would really appreciate your feedback.
And as well as snapping Vix’s sexy 60′s face this week, Emma Case also took these amazing images of our Jar Of Hearts project – we even made her a badge and bought her a posh M&S sandwich as a thank-you…
Jar Of Hearts – What Is It All About Then?… View the full post.
Happy Friday everyone!! Phew! been a long week this one and I’m so ready for a nice glass of vino tonight!
Welcome to DIY Friday and I am happy to say that my DIY posts will be a more regular feature from now on… woop woop!!!
So, Charlotte and I were thinking how nice it would be to be able to make your own headband floral pretty (or for your best girls…), so I set to work and here it is. And it’s so very easy……..enjoy and please let me know of anything you want me to have a go at for future posts.
You will need:
- Some material of your choice
- Some fabric scissors
- Needle and cotton
- Some beads of your choice
- A pen/ pencil
- Plain plaited headbands (H & M are great and only £1.99 each)
- Mini safety pins
Fold your fabric into squares ( think about how many layers of petals you want)
If you fancy it you can draw a flower shape or alternatively just use our downloadable template
Cut the flower shape out
Layer the flower petals and arrange as you wish to (neat or a bit haphazard, we prefer the latter)
Load up your needle with cotton and stitch through the centre of the flower and attach beads and/or buttons of your choice.
Ruffle the petals and if you want a more shabby-chic looking flower then you can pull away the edges of the petals to losen the weave to give a frayed effect
Step 7.… View the full post.
Give the gift of plant life people!
So then, I was having a think about favours and how it would be a great idea to give the gift of a lovely flower of some sort…. and I came up with the idea of giving a bulb or seeds depending on the time of year you are getting married. For instance, this time of year would be great to give Daffodills, Tulips, Crocus, Hyacinths and if your having a Spring/Summer wedding why not give Strawberry Seeds or my (and Jenny’s) absolute FAVOURITE… Sunflower seeds??
For this example I have used Tulips but you can get some great deals on other bulbs this time of year from your local garden store.
You will need:
- A small or medium sized bucket ( I used Medium) 85p or a small plan pot 59p both from HobbyCraft
- Some bulbs – mine were £3.99 from Homebase for 10 bulbs
- Card / luggage tags – available from craft stores
- Some fabric and/or paper napkins
- Some ribbon / String
- Some transfer letters – available from craft stores
Make a label. I used simple brown card and cut out a heart shape (we have a downloadble template available at the end of the post if you like this idea) I then used letter transfers to write my words, you could use these as name places instead if you prefer to – use a hole punch for the ribbon to loop through.
Wrap a bulb or two depending on the size of your bucket in either some fabric or a napkin, the GB ones here are from tesco and they were really cheap for lots of them!… View the full post.