So this week we have a very special (as requested by lots of you in our impromptu Saturday Survey a few weeks back) Real Bride DIY Devotee. We would love to feature more like this, so I hope this encourages those of you hanging back to send us something in!
Without further ado… the how-to for Verity’s luscious lip and moustach props 🙂
What you need:
Fimo modelling clay – we used black, brown and grey for the moustaches and a sparkly pink for the lips. One pack will usually make two props.
Wooden chopsticks or kebab sticks
Some templates of different shapes
A smooth surface to work on
A knife or other implement with a sharp edge
A bit of creativity and lot of patience!
I used to be obsessed with Fimo when I was a kid. I’d make badges and ornaments for everyone I knew! During our wedding planning, Dean and I came across a few wedding shoots where moustaches had been used (to great effect) and I instantly thought of Fimo. You can actually buy readymade props like this on Etsy, but they cost a fortune compared to making your own and it’s heaps of fun, trust me! Fimo is so easy to work with, we even had Dean’s little boy Chester helping us – he did mini versions for the kids, which were so cute!
I downloaded a template from the Martha Stewart website just to give me an idea of the different shapes we could make. You could also draw your own, or use these photos to base yours on. It does help to have a guide next to you as you work.
For an Imperial style moustache:
Break each Fimo square into two pieces and then warm up one half by kneading it with your hands. You will get some residue on your hands so make sure you don’t have to stop halfway through or you could end up with black marks all over your house!
Once the Fimo is soft enough to model with, start by rolling it on your smooth surface into a sausage shape that’s fat in the middle.
Now lay it down on the surface and make a pinch the middle of the sausage, then turn the edges upwards. The depth of the curve will depend on the style you want to create. Use the back of a knife to smooth and enhance the ‘dip’ in the centre of the sausage. Use the tips of your finger to mould the edges into your desired shape. It might take a few attempts to get the shape right – if you go wrong just squish it back into a ball and start again.
There are a number of ways you can finish the look. Dean made one where he created a ‘hairy’ feel to the moustache using a sharp pin to create lots of hair lines down the sides. I liked using the back of a knife to create wide indents on straight moustaches to create a ‘curtain’ effect. And on the lips, once the shape was complete, I rubbed my finger across the whole surface to create a shiny look, and then used a knife to create vertical lines on the inside edge of the lips. Quite realistic looking I think you’ll agree!
Once you are happy with the shapes, use a chopstick to create a hole in each prop where the chopstick will be inserted. Again, it’s up to you where you put this. On some designs, like the lips, it works better to have the whole in the middle, on others you can put it on the side.
Lay your finished props in an ovenproof dish and bake according to the manufacturer’s instructions. They will become hard and may change colour slightly upon baking.
Once cooled, attach the chopsticks to the props, using superglue to secure them if required.
Get out a mirror and try them out. If you wind up laughing, job done!
One last tip: be prepared for these wonderful props to go ‘missing’ on the night of your wedding. Many of our friends sent us guilty texts a few days after the wedding saying they’d taken them home, they’d loved them so much. And I know for a fact that our props have been used for at least one hen night and one photo shoot since our wedding. Maybe we should take a few with us on honeymoon…!
Thanks so much to Verity and Dean for the amazing effort they put into this while they were packing for their honeymoon!
Will you be trying this one at home?!