Wednesday, December 1, 2010

DIY :: How to Make a Bunting

I am sure you have seen buntings all over the blog space and often, they are made out of fabric. For my friend's wedding, I decided to use scrapbook paper (which I printed off my laser printer). Okay, so it doesn't have the same fluttering effect but these were gonna be used indoors along the pew aisle and would not be fluttering anyway.

This DIY is super easy.

- patterned paper (printed or purchased)
- ribbon
- hot glue gun

1. Cut the paper into triangles. I measured and drew lines in pencil on the back of the paper and roped loads of helpers to help with this step.
2. Lay out the patterned paper in stacks in a line 
3. Apply hot glue to the top of the triangle and press the ribbon on to the edge. 
4. Continue with the next triangle until you have none left!

I found working with paper to be much easier than with fabric and cheaper too. 

Try it and let me know how it goes!

Monday, November 1, 2010

DIY :: How to Make a Pinwheel

pinwheels to line the church aisle

Pinwheels are such a fun and inexpensive way to decorate with color. 

My secret tip for keeping it inexpensive is to purchase digital scrapbook paper that matches the wedding theme and then print away. 

I had loads of fun coming up with different double-sided combinations.

Creating a pinwheel is super easy.

- a square piece of patterned paper
- brad fastener
- balloon sticks (optional)

* You can purchase scrapbook paper but I prefer to print it out as I need.

1. Fold the paper across diagonally such that it creates an X.

2. Cut 1/4 way along the diagonal line from each corner.

3. Using the brad, poke it through one corner.

4. Then poke it through another corner until you have poked through 4 corners.

5. Then insert it into the middle of the square piece of paper.

6. Flatten the legs of the brad to hold the pinwheel shape in place.

7. Fasten it to a balloon stick or ribbon and that's it!

corsages for the bridesmaids

boutonnieres for the groomsmen

close up of the pinwheel corsage

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Real Weddings :: Vintage Carnival Theme

Working with two little boys running all around is not an easy task but thankfully, with my husband's help, we managed to pull everything together before the guests arrived. Apologies in advance for the poor photography.

Colourful pinwheels and flowers in vintage tins

Carnival-themed guestcards & pink rose-topped pens for guests 
to pen down their well-wishes to the couple.

More floral arrangements in vintage tea tins placed
alongside a musical carousel to create a truly whimsical look 

Guests posing at the Photobooth
(set up by the husband)

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Real Weddings :: Vintage Carnival Theme

pinwheels to line the church aisle

Last July, I was roped in to help a good friend create decorations for her church wedding ceremony. 

She wanted a vintage carnival feel to the wedding and so I tried to incorporate pinwheels, buntings and i also designed a number of images that were used on the guestcards, powerpoint slides and the wedding programme. 

The theme was such fun to work on and I also won't pretend that I didn't LOVE the colours that they chose - fuschia pink, orange and lime green. The palate just seemed to shout spring and all things happy and vibrant. 

I had a great time working on this wedding project, can you tell?  really had to reign myself in on this one.

Here are some snapshots at the wedding decor that I helped prep.

guest cards for guests to write well-wishes on

corsages for the bridesmaids

creating the bunting that is to be draped down the church aisles

boutonnieres for the groomsmen

close up of the pinwheel corsage