DIY: Making a Fiddle Board


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If you follow me on Facebook, Insta or Twitter you may have seen in my stories and on my wall, pictures of the fiddle board I’ve made for my son.

A few weeks ago I asked my husband to make one. We sat and looked at ideas online and I drew out what I would like to have on the board, but the husband said he had too many other projects on at the moment. So I asked my Dad, he also has a lot of projects on. So I decided I would make it myself!

Fiddle boards are based on the Montessori appraoch of giving babies and children real world items to play with and are ideal for babies once they are able to confidently sit unaided. R is 7 months, has been sitting unaided for 2 months and confidently pulls himself up to kneeling, meaning he is at the ideal developmental stage for an activity board.

I’m no stranger to be a bit of crafting and DIY as you will know if you’ve seen my posts on creating pom pom buttonholes or the time I created my own DIY wedding invitations. How hard could it be?

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Supplier Spotlight: An Interview with Kelly of Sparkle Vines


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The lady I’m featuring today is someone I’ve known for years. I’ve known Kelly for years ever since we met working our first jobs in a supermarket. I’ve found in life, it’s rare to have a friendship survive the challenges Kelly’s and I’s has; and it gives me so much joy to interview Kelly about the wonderful business she set up earlier this year in this supplier spotlight feature.

The Interviewer: Hazel of SayIDoOnABudget
The Supplier:
Kelly Mills
Kelly is a Commercial Coordinator for Neptune by day and a creator of beautiful hair accessories by night
The Business: Sparkle Vines (est August 2018)
Location: Wiltshire, UK

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Hey Kelly, please can you tell everyone the story of how Sparkle Vines came to be?

I’m based in a small town in Wiltshire, called Calne. My day job is as a Commercial Projects Coordinator for Neptune, at their head office in Swindon. In basic terms I coordinate kitchens into building developments. Its very hands on with each day different to the last. I have always been creative, very hands on and enjoy making different things. I know how to croquet, how to sew and now I know how to make hair accessories!
Sparkle Vines started with my own wedding. Since before getting engaged when I looked through bridal magazines or scrolled through Pinterest, hopeful and dreaming of my big day, wondering if my man would ever pop the question, I always had a love for beaded hair vines and knew I wanted to make my own for my future wedding.
Kelly’s fiance whisked her away for a surprise weekend trip to Venice for the August bank holiday in 2016, and whilst they were there he popped the question!
After I got engaged I did a lot of research for

Supplier Spotlight_ An Interview with Kelly of Sparkle Vines on her beautiful hair accessories business

inspiration on what I’d like my own hair vine to look like, and I decided to hand make hair combs for my Bridesmaids too! I started with crafting hair combs for my two Bridesmaids using white, grey and pink fresh water pearls. I also used clear cracked quartz to give them a bit of a sparkle. Using just precious gemstones would have been expensive, so to save costs I padded the design out with white and grey beads with silver plated leaves to give them the finishing touch. I was really happy with how they turned out, and this gave me the confidence I needed to tackle my own hair piece using the same style and materials. I designed 2 just in case I preferred one to the other on my hair trial.
You got married in Venice on 9th June 2018 and created a lot of your own stationary for the big day; what were your favourite DIY crafts from your wedding?
I loved all the DIY’s I made for my wedding. I made everything from our save the dates & invitations to the place name cards and table plan. If I didn’t get married abroad I would have made a lot more, but I was restricted to what I could get into a suitcase! As it happens I had 4 massive suitcases to try and get to Venice, so I had to restrict myself with what I could make. The craft I found the hardest to make was the order of service.

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Real Budget Wedding: Chris and Emma’s 2k Purple July Wedding


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Bride and Groom: Chris & Emma.
Emma works as a teacher and artist and Chris is a Graphic Designer

Ceremony Venue: Ashton Memorial, Lancaster
Reception Venue: Ribble Cruising Club, Lytham

Wedding Date: 25th July 2015

Wedding Colour Scheme and Theme: Purple with the subtle inclusion of their love for Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.

Total Wedding Budget: £2,200

How did you decide on your budget? We knew we wanted a small wedding and didn’t want to spend a fortune, but most importantly we wanted it to be very us. We were also moving in to our new home a few months before we were due to get married so we knew that the budget had to be small.
What elements of planning were the hardest with your budget? There were so many ‘extra’ things that we would have liked to have but just couldn’t afford within the budget. Though these really didn’t matter on the day.
Chris and Emma’s fabulous wedding suppliers:
The paper flowers and table décor were created by Emma herself.
For their catering they had Hot Pot and Cheese and Potato Pie from a local vendor.
Their wedding cake was a small white cake from Tesco which they added to with home made cupcakes.
As a way to cut costs Chris and Emma forewent a DJ and instead they made a playlist full of their favourite songs and songs from their guests suggestions and played these through the sound system at the venue.
Victoria was Emma’s MUA and nail tech and Emma’s aunt did her hair for her on the wedding say as her present to them

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The Wonders of Paper Flowers


The Wonders of paper flowers

I have a real soft spot for paper flowers. In fact I have a soft spot for anything “alternative” to flowers at weddings. There’s so many wonderfully creative and inspiring ideas for what you can use to make your bouquet, or decorations with, other than your standard blooms.

Over the years I have created a couple of alternative bouquets myself such as this bouquet made from woollen pom poms.   I also swoon over bouquets made using beads, feathers, buttons… or any other quirky and unique items.

For my own wedding in October 2016 I had an alternative bouquet made by Hazel of ‘Love to Marry‘ using feathers, gold beads, and acorns. You can see a picture of my alternative bouquet in a feature about my small budget wedding on another wedding blog here.

Although there’s an incredibly large amount of different ideas for what you can use instead of flowers in your wedding (pretty much all of which I am in massive favour of) in this blog post I will be concentrating on flowers made out of paper. 

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Autumnal Table Plan


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Initially I didn’t plan on buying the tree. The plan was to put sticks/twigs into a pot filled with stones/sand to keep the twigs in place. I’m not sure why this plan didn’t happen and why we ended up buying the tree… 

But anyway, we did buy the tree, from Hobbycraft no less, although we did manage to get it imag2156for £25.00 which is probably no more than a nice pot and stones/sand to fill it would have cost us.

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My Budget Entertainment


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Many couples who know they are having a contingent of children at their wedding worry about how to keep the children entertained during the course of the wedding day.

My husband and I had 7 children under 6 (2 of them were under 1) and two autistic children 16 or under at our wedding and I really did not notice any of them in a negative way at any point during the day. Most children are able to sit still and quiet for 20-30 minutes, which is the average duration of a wedding ceremony, after which time they are able to walk about and play during the welcome drinks and the pictures being taken.

The wedding breakfast is then a great time for the children as they get their food and can play with their parents and the other guests, and you really will be surprised what simple and completely inexpensive things can keep children entertained during the wedding breakfast, which is when most people worry children may be the most disruptive out of boredom.

Here is what my husband and I did to help keep our child and adult guests alike entertained.

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Leaf Place Names


DIY LEAF PLACE NAMES

I’d always wanted to get married in Autumn, I couldn’t ever imagine myself getting married in any other month. I also knew from the start I wanted to bring the natural bounty of autumn into the decorations of the day.

The colour theme: Navy blue and Gold
Other themes: Autumn with a small nod to my husbands love of classic cars

First of all, choose which leaf you want to use, then pick them and press them.
Choose a good sized leaf as it has to be big enough to write your guests names.

In all honesty, I thought I could wait until the leaves fell naturally before collecting them, however the wedding date was 8th October, and I wanted to get the place names sorted three weeks before the wedding, as my hen was two weeks before and one week before felt like it would be cutting it too close. This, along with autumn starting a little late, meant that I had to pick the leaves from the trees. It just so happened that I stumbled upon a Hazel tree that had wonderful leaves the perfect size for place names, so picked more than I needed for just incase purposes.

Picking the leaves only three weeks before the wedding, meant I didn’t press them. This was a risky strategy, so if you can prepare further in advance I recommend you do.

What You May need:
Based on what I used

  • PVA glue
  • Sponges
  • Leaves (in my case, Hazel leaves)
  • Spare cardboard
  • Spray paint in your chosen colours
  • Sharpies

What I did step by step: 

  • Apply a thin later of PVA to every leaf on one side. Allow the PVA to dry before doing the other side. I PVA’d both sides of the leaves as I thought this would slow theimg-20160917-wa0004.jpg decomposing process and would give the spray paint a better effect. Applying the PVA with a sponge is much easier and quicker than using brushes.

 

 

 

  • Take your leaves outside and using cardboard as a backing spray each leaf. It is up to you if you spray both sides or just one side. I sprayed one side of each leaf. Allow a good length of time for the spray paint to dry. Using spray paint is efficient and gives a good result.
  • Using sharpie write your guests names on each leaf
  • Once the ink is dry you can then spray clear paint over them or apply another thin layer of PVA.

I had my MOH, her boyfriend and my (now) husband helping me with the process from start to finish and the whole process (due to drying time mostly) took pretty much all day. img-20160917-wa0010.jpeg

 

 

Making my Invitations (DIY)


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So, my Husband and I got married on Saturday 8th October 2016.

When we were looking at invitations we genuinely became completely overwhelmed. I knew of many independent people and small businesses that made the most wonderful wedding stationary that I would have more than loved to have; however they all came in over budget. When they were able to work in our budget the Husband and I couldn’t decide on anything. It was like trying to choose a photographer all over again!

We looked at everything from independent people and small businesses to big companies such as Vista Print; I even did online edits before deleting the basket out of an inability to decide.

The solution to all this? We decided to make our own!

Off too Hobbycraft we plodded. This narrowed our choices to
A) What we could buy in Hobbycraft 
B) The limitations of our imagination and crafting ability
and
c) What we could buy with our budget

The budget: £100 

We purchased:
Gold ribbon, blue check ribbon, blue paper, cream paper, plain cream cards and envelopes, a tree shaped stamp, ‘evening invitation’ stamp, ‘wedding invitation’ stamp, gold ink pad, blue ink pad, craft glue, ruler and an A4 guillotine.
All came in under £75. 

It took 4 people 8 hours from start to finish. The Husband, myself and two wonderful helpers.

We had figured out before we started what we wanted to do and before our helpers arrived we made a mock up of what we wanted to achieve. We had also printed onto cream paper the wording for the inside of the invitations, slightly different wording for day and evening invites.

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Once the invitation wording had been printed it was then down to assigning tasks to each person to create a production line.
B: Used the guillotine to cut the invitation wording to size and folded them (A very precise job)
K: Cut the blue paper to size using the shaped scissors for the inside and the cover of the invites
H: Glued the ribbons in place and glued the invitation wording and the blue paper inside the card. The glue was applied only in a small line down the left hand side of the margin so the ‘pages’ we left loose.
S: Glued the cream paper onto the blue paper to the front cover and stamped the trees and the ‘wedding/evening invitation’ to finish the invites

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Including a fresh printer cartridge and postage we came in under £100. 

What helped us stay in budget?
Making them ourselves
Hand delivering to local guests
Reducing the weight of the invites by utilizing a wedding website for all the extra information
Not doing ‘Save The Dates’ – instead we just sent the invites out 5 months before the wedding

Home Bake – Wedding Cake


My favourite You Tube ‘How To’ for making your own  wedding cake at home. Over these two videos Chef Alan Tetreault, owner of Global Sugar Art shows you have to create your own three tiered wedding cake.

I would say only people who enjoy baking and who bake regularly should even contemplate making their own cake, so do approach this with caution. If you are determined to go down the DIY route for your cake but aren’t great at baking, you could either ask a friend/family member to bake it and you decorate it.

 

Hen & Stag Party Ideas


Bored of Go-karting or Paintballing? Want something more unique than going for a meal, to a club and spa the next day? Are you a Hen, Groom, Chief Bridesmaid or Best man planning a Hen or Stag party wanting to wow your group? I can help you find the perfect activity to book.

Recently I posted about a Hen party I arranged for a friend of mine where we did a cocktail making masterclass in the city of Oxford, and since then I’ve been collecting unique ideas to share with you.

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Bunting Making with The Crafty Hen

With The Crafty Hen you and your party can book an array of craft activities including bunting making to be used at the wedding giving your hens/stags the opportunity to truly help with wedding planning. How about getting the Hen/Stag party create props for your wedding photobooth? The Crafty Hen cover the whole of England, Scotland and Wales and are in Norther Ireland too.

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Jewelry Making with Tea & Crafting 

Tea & Crafting is based in Camden although you can have a mobile tutor come to you. Tea, coffee and muffins are always provided as part of the party package giving you and your hens/stags nothing to worry about except for having a giggle learning something new. Each of you can create a piece of jewelry to wear to the wedding. Tea & Crafting provide a range of other crafting activities as well as jewelry making.

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Macaron Baking Classes with Ganache Macaron

Get messy learning the coveted art of making macarons before the enjoyable task of tasting your creation with Ganache Macaron in Hackney. If you book the hen party close enough to the wedding, the macarons baked can be used as the favours! This idea is a fresh take on cupcake making that your whole party will love.

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Knicker Decorating with Hand Made Hen

All you need to bring with you is knickers then you start pimping your pants with ribbons, lace, pearls and sequins – you can customise as many pairs as you like and your hen party can be anywhere you are as the party comes to you! You can book an array of crafty activities with Handmade Hen including garter making classes.

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Zip Lining with 3 others in Wales with Zip World

The Titan zip line experience at Zip World is the only 4 person zip line experience in Europe. Not only can you descend over moor mountain and mine with your mates but you will be doing it at speeds up to 70MPH. There are three zip lines included in the Titan experience; Anarchy (the longest), Bedlam and Chaos.

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Cavern Adventure Course and zip lining in Wales with Zip World

Home to exhilarating underground zip lines, rope bridges, obstacles and tunnels based in an underground cavern in Blaenau Ffestiniog, Wales. 

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Zombie Survival Experience with Zombie Experiences 

Battle the undead, thwart the apocalypse, defeat the demons and save the day! With a range of experiences in Droitwich, London, Reading and Warrington you and your stags will have the time of your lives living out all the drunken conversations of which of you would survive longest if the zombie apocalypse happened. *change of underwear not iincluded

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Burlesque Dancing with Burlesque Baby 

Burlesque Baby host Burlesque dance classes at locations across England where all props are provided for you and your hens to learn some classic showgirl dance moves. Your experience can be topped up with a dinner cabaret show to watch women do what you’ve just been doing.

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Activity Experience
Victorian Themed Day with Victorian Escapades 

Book through HenorStag and “you will start the afternoon dressed as servants and carrying out household chores from Victorian times. After all that “hard work” you will compete against your hens in a range of Victorian themed challenges! It’s then time to change into classy Victorian attire and make your way into the drawing room to play some fun parlour games and enjoy the photoshoot” before having a Victorian dance class and a 4 course meal.

Unique Places To Stay
The Lake House – Somerset

The Lake house is your secret hideaway that sleeps up to 12 in a ‘boutique and funky’ yet chilled  environment with chic luxury and exclusive use in the form of a spacious thatched barn.

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Unique Places To Stay
Teapot Lane Glamping – North Leitrim, Ireland

In North Leitrim, Ireland you can choose between Yurts, a tree house, a caravan or a cottage for your Teapot Lane Glamping experience (perfect for small hen parties) where you can sit around a camp fire enjoying a festival vibe. All Teapot Lane Hen Packages include professional catering on one night where a qualified chef will cook your evening meal using a delicious selection of locally sourced produce, with lots of fun activities to keep you entertained for your night/s away.

Alternative Table Plan


Most brides are looking for unique ways to provide the seating plan for the wedding breakfast to their guests. Gone are the days when couples were happy with the conventional seating plan.
There a lot of options for how to display your table plan, however most stick to the theme of the table plan to the left, by having each table set on a mirror rather than a piece of card.

However as most of you are aware by now I am all about stretching even further into the unconventional and can often be found searching for new and unique ways to display table plans.

Today a unique idea found me when I was taking part in the crazy #weddinghour on Twitter.

The below tree inspired plan was created by ‘Paper Tree Designs‘ who create some of the most gorgeous wedding stationary with natural themes. The below table plan really appeals to me for a number of reasons:
The design has a simple feel about it even though it is a very crafted and unique design
I have never seen a design anything like this before
The mix of the coloured leafs and the black tree is very modern
The nature theme really speaks to me (nature is a big love of mine)

What do you think of this design?
What sort of table plan are you thinking of having?
Where did you get your inspiration from?

This table plan really gives a feel for what the wedding might be life. I imagine a spring wedding with a rainbow colour theme; each bridesmaids in a different coloured dress and each male member of the wedding party with different coloured ties. I can see the wedding being outside or in a marquee with wild flower centerpieces and a bride with a flowy dress and her hair in loose curls.

Your table plan helps to create the feel of your wedding which will last in the memories of your friends and families for a long time to come.

Budget Decorations – String Balloons


In previous posts I have shared my passion for bunting; that passion for bunting refuses to fade, however I also have a new ‘amare’ in my life – cotton string balloons!

Cotton String Balloons are just as versatile as bunting but have been less over-used in the wedding industry to date.

First of all, before I get too carried away with myself, let me introduce you to what a string balloon is: It is a balloon that has had PVA solutuon string wrapped around it; once the string has dried/set the balloon is popped and removed so that all that you have left is the string in the shape of a balloon. Click Here for a good ‘How To’.

The look of your string balloons can be changed depending on how thickly the string is wrapped around the balloon, the type of string used, the size of the balloon used, whether you spray paint the string afterwards or not and how you use the string balloon within your wedding decorations.
Winter Wedding Decorations | Winter Wedding DIY - Craft Ideaslove this DIY idea using string, glue, and a balloon. could stick things into the mesh and have a couple of candles. Cheap but effective!

If you are going to use the string balloons on your reception tables, how about sticking flowers in the top of them? Or cut a hole in the bottom and position the string balloon over the top of flowers.

For a extra twist on this, you could put things inside the balloon before tying it off, so that when you pop the balloon certain items are then trapped inside the sting ball.

String balls look fantastic teamed with pompoms when hung together – thinking about having some hung over the gift table, or hung outside where you’ll have your pictures taken, or even hung as pews ends for the ceremony.
Pink and Purple Pom-Poms with Snowy Cotton Balloons: Pink and Purple Shower/Party DecorationYou don’t just have to wrap string/wool around the balloons, using a similar method, other fantastic results can be achieved! How about PVA pasting paper doilies to the balloon? This gives an UBER unique way to decorate your venue for a sake of a few quid.
DIY project: Spray glue the dollies/twine to a blown up balloon and allow to dry. Then pop the balloon!! MUST do this for my reception!
You could either team the string balloons with the doilies balloons or have one or the other.

As mentioned previously I am the most artistically challenged person I know, but I think that these string balloons are very achievable for a budget bride/groom to create.
Have you seen these before? What are your thoughts on them? 

If you choose to go for the string balloon theme for your wedding decorations, you can continue the theme through the wedding by incorporating this idea on a smaller scale for your wedding favours. Your guests wont care what your wedding favours are if they are trapped inside a string cage like this!

You could put wrapped chocolate/fudge etc inside the small balloon, or other small wedding favours, the larger the favour the large the balloon!

My wedding colour scheme is glue and gold so I like the idea of putting two Ferrero Rochers in the balloon. Your guests will think of all sorts of ways to try and get to their favours, and are much more likely to take the favour home.

Can you think of a cheaper and easier way to create the most memorable wedding favours ever?

What would you put inside the string ball for your wedding favours? 

Continuing the bunting theme


A friend of mine who is also a bride to be, getting married in November this year, and I went to a wedding fayre at a venue near us.

The wedding fayre was my first ever fayre, and to be honest it wasn’t great. I’ve heard people talk about a lot better wedding fares; however I did get a really good idea!

In the reception room at the evening they had tables laid out with flowers and stationary examples and the supplies of those flowers and stationary were also in the room.

One table really stood out for me!

The colour theme of the table was Orange, Yellow and Blue – not exactly to my liking – but I loved the paper pinwheels and the bunting idea for the menu’s.

Here is a close up of one of the bunting menu’s on the table. Although I loved the pinwheels, my budget wouldn’t really allow me to bring in yet another dimension to the wedding, but the bunting for the menu really inspired me!

So while making the bunting as discussed in my previous post we decided to make some bunting for the menu and the place names.
What you will need:

  • Card
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • fabric cut into bunting triangles (to see how to do this see my previous post.)
  • Bunting line
  • Sowing machine
  • Craft Glue

With your chosen card draw triangles onto the card to the designed size. We chose to make our triangles a good size but still smaller than the fabric triangles.

Then cut these out. We used A4 paper, folded the paper in half and drew the triangle going down from the folded side.

This meant that we could write the place-name on the top side, and open up the triangle of card to write the menu on the inside.

You will then want to sow the bunting triangles onto the bunting line. Which is quite easy especially if you have been sowing loads of bunting already.

Simply pin the bunting triangle onto the bunting line and sow.

Due to wedding guest list issues we haven’t got much further than this, and we do need to confirm the menu with the venue, however, once you’ve sown your bunting and written your menu and/or place settings onto your card attach your card to your bunting with craft glue.

Here is a mock-up of the card part.

Making of Bunting


This weekend my MOH and I got together for another weekend of wedding crafts. Some things that we want to get done, such as the Table Plan, Place Names and Menu’s etc can’t be done yet as the guest list is up in the air at the moment due to family issues relating to the afore-mentioned guest list. So we had to move onto the bunting.

The hardest part of the whole process was getting to grips with the sowing machine; as neither of us had handled a sowing machine since GCSE Design and Technology class.

Here are some pictures of us trying to set the sowing machine up for you to giggle at.

Now you’ve had a giggle at us, lets get down to the How To.

You will need:

  • Your chosen fabric (We had four different fabrics, green gingham check, plain cream, gold netting and brown netting)
  • Cardboard
  • Pinking scissors
  • Sowing machine etc
  • Pins
  • Bunting line

1) You need to create a triangle template out of cardboard to the desired size.

With the fabric you have chosen, layer two of the fabrics on top of each other and pin them along the top of the fabrics.


We layered them on top of each other so that it cut down on the labour time of cutting the fabric into the triangles. Don’t worry too much about holding the fabric taut when cutting around the triangles. We kept the fabric loose, so that the fabric triangles were slightly bigger than the cardboard template.

2) Once you have your triangles cut out you may want to choose a pattern for them so that you know how you are going to attach them onto your bunting line. The pattern we went for was; cream & brown, cream, green & gold, cream, green & brown, cream & gold, green etc. This gives you structure to what you are doing.

Once you have decided on your pattern you will then want to start pinning the triangles onto the bunting line.

As you pin the triangles onto the bunting line make sure you are evenly spacing the triangles on the line. We used a piece of cardboard to measure the spaces.

3) Start sowing the triangles of fabric onto the bunting line, removing the pins as you go.


I continuously sowed for the duration of three films. Free Willy, Free Willy 2 and Free Willy 3. Before I knew it I’d mounted up a fair pile of bunting.

Here is the finished product.

My Crafty Weekend


How to Make a Pom Pom
I know, you’re right, there are other websites out there, some that I have commented towards in previous posts of mine, that instruct you on how to make a wool pom pom, but I thought I would do my own How To on pom pom making for my devoted followers.

So this weekend, my MOH and I had a crafty weekend making pom poms. My parents had bought me the wool a few weekends ago, and i had a couple of practices to refresh my memory with my mum. The practice pom poms were rather large.

What you will need:

  • Wool – any type of wool of your choice
  • Cardboard
  • A compass/circular objects to draw around
  • Pen/Pencil
  • Scissors
  • A wool needle (a needle with a big enough eye to put wool through)

I didn’t have a compass, but I did have things to draw around, for my smaller ones (the pom poms I will be using for the men’s buttonholes and the BMs wrist corsage) I used a 2p and a 5p. I drew around a 2p and then drew around the 5p, before cutting around the 2p line and cutting out the 5p size to create a ring. You will need two rings of cardboard of the same size for each pom pom.

Take a long length of wool from your wool ball and start to wrap it around your cardboard making sure that you keep hold of a length of wool, the length that is being kept hold of in the below picture of wrapped around the index finger.

Keep wrapping the wool around until the hole is completely filled. If you didn’t cut enough wool to do the whole pom pom with one length then you can just cut another length and keep wrapping it around. When you can’t use your finger anymore to push the wool through the hole, that is when you will need your wool needle. Thread your needle and use that to help you fill the hole.

Threading the wool through the hole

Pulling the wool through the hole

Once the hole is filled, and you have two lengths of wool hanging, one from the start and one left from the end of the threading leave those to the side, and use your scissors to cut the wool around the outside. You will need sharp scissors. Cut through until you see the cardboard, and then if you use your finger to separate the two circles of cardboard, you can then place the scissors where the gap between the two cardboard circles are as a guide for your cutting.

Cutting round the edge

Cutting around the edge

Once you’ve cut all around the edge you will then have to tie the pom pom. You can use one of your lines by cutting the line and using it to tie the pom pom. Use the gap in between the two cardboard pieces to tie. Make sure you tie it tightly. Remove the cardboard. The way I removed the cardboard was by using the scissors to cut it and then peeling it off. You will be left with a messy pom pom as per below.

After you have tied the pom pom and removed the cardboard

Use your scissors to cut off the stray strands to make a nice neat circular pom pom.

Your completed pom pom

Voila!  A perfect pom pom. Experiment with different sizes to make smaller or bigger pom poms.

Some more of my completed pom poms in different sizes and colours.

Table Plan

This weekend my MOH and I also started making the Table Plan. Hobby Craft is Amaze-balls! However, £80 lighter, I left Hobby Craft with a bag full of goodies, feeling only slightly robbed of my hard earned.

The Table Plan has only been started, we will finish it when we have had everyones RSVPs back.

The board was bought from the same section as you find the canvas’s in Hobby Craft. It is a flat canvas about A2 size. I found a really nice paper card that is cream but has a pattern that you can see when the light shines on it which we used to cover the canvas board.

The paper doesn’t show well in these pictures, but I also bought pattern paper to back the writing on to.

Table Plan with title

I’d love to know what you think of my Step to Step guide on how to make a woolen pom pom as well as other aspects of my wedding planning and the blog itself.

Budget Decorations


Balloons

Balloons are often a staple decoration at weddings, particularly at the reception. If you do decide to go for balloons, an added bonus, is that children love them, so they keep the children happy. The downside to this however, is that your balloon display is pretty much guaranteed to be dismantled.

Balloons to decorate the cake table

Wedding Reception Balloons

Balloons, are thought to be very old hat, and have gone out of fashion when it comes to weddings, however, you can re-vamp the balloons use at weddings, by using one of my favourite balloons – the round balloon, they look modern and unique.

Round balloons

You can also put marbles in your balloons to have them hang downwards without moving around too much. This looks great when hanging from trees.

Hanging balloons, put a marble inside before you blow it up.

Candles
Candles are another staple within wedding decoration, on tables and ledges, tea lights, pillar candles, candle sticks, candles in jars, they twinkle and give a whimsically romantic, relaxed atmosphere to the wedding, especially combined with low lighting.

Candle lit barn wedding

Tea lights can be picked up cheaply, and a fantastic, cheap way to display them on your table is in baby food jars. So if you know a couple with a child at weaning age, ask them to wash out and keep their baby food jars as they are often the perfect size for a tea light candle. Decorating your baby food jars is as easy as pie with some tissue paper.

Baby food jar candles

Another way to make simple tea light look lovely is to use flame retardant paper bags to put tea lights in. The paper bag be customised by cutting shapes, designs, patterns or even the initials of the couple out for the light to shine through. and are available from a range of places including Etsy.

Wedding Candle Luminaries

Personalised Candle Bags

Bunting

My personal favourite!

Wedding Bunting

courtsey of lovemydress blog

I think bunting is a fantastic way to decorate your outdoor wedding, your wedding breakfast room or reception room. In the wedding breakfast room your could decorate your top table with a string of bunting instead of an organsa garland.

Bunting to decorate top table

Bunting can be kept after your wedding to decorate a room in your house, the most popular room in the house to decorate with your wedding bunting, is the future babies room, if you wait to have a baby until you’re married, or the children’s room if you already have children before you become a Mrs/Mr.

Pom Poms

You can carry the theme of pom poms through your wedding from your bouquet to your decorations. One of the most common ways to do this is with paper pom poms. Pom poms can be hung from the ceiling with string or used as table decorations.

Paper pom pom decorations

Table decoration pom pom

Isle decoarations

Or even as isle runners on chairs down the isle of the hotel, or used to decorate the end of pews at the church,

Pom poms, however they are made or used are a delightful and fun modern way to decorate your venue.

Other fun ways to use Pom Poms in your wedding: 

pom-pom wedding confettiPom pom toppers on cupcakes

Alternatives to traditional bouquets


We all know the traditional bouquet, we dream of them when first planning our weddings, and are so familiar with them from other people’s weddings. Some may wonder what would a wedding be with flowers? whether you dream of something simply hand tied, or a lavish cascading bouquet, for the newly engaged it is often flowers that are dreamed of.

Hand tied wedding bouquet

Cascade bouquet

Until at least you discover all the other amazing alternatives to the traditional flowers bouquet that are available to buy, or if you wish, to make yourself.

Feather bouquet

Crystal bouquet

Button Bouquet

Button bouquet and button button-hole

Brooch Bouquet

Fabric Bouquet

Shell Bouquet

Paper Bouquet

Bead Bouquet

The options are endless and there are a great number of websites out there that will tell you how to make these yourself or will be able to point you in the direction of where to buy these bouquets from. The limits are only the same as the limits to your imagination. You don’t even have to have just one type on its own, PoptasticBride.com shows how you can mix buttons or brooches with traditional flowers to make a really stunning and unique bouquet.

Felt Bouquet

I LOVE felt bouquets! I think that they are one of the best look alternative bouquets. Especially as you can easily bring buttons and jewels into the mix to make them look even more unique and special.

If you really have no money at all and are open to being an alternative bride, then the cheapest alternative bouquet that I have come across is a wool pom pom bouquet.

How to make a Wool Pom Pom Bouquet:

  • With your chosen wool in mind wrap the wool around your hand, or fingers

    Wool wrap around fingers/hand

  • Once you have wrapped sufficient wool around your fingers remove this and then start wrapping the wool around this the other way. Once you have wrapped the wool around both ways cut the wool around the edges.
    OR
  • using a cardboard circle wrap your wool around the cardboard circle until the whole circle is covered nicely, and then cut the wool around the circle and then remove the cardboard circle.

    Wool pom pom

    Nearly completed Pom Pom

    Make sure that either way you do it you tie the two ends of the string together to keep the pom pom together.

  • Make sure you fluff out your pom pom, and trim the pom pom in to a neat circle.
  • Glue the pom poms to sticks – you can keep it rustic with stick or canes you’ve collected or bought, or you can neaten it up by wrapping the sticks in ribbon or fabric.
Pom pom bouquet

Pom pom bouquet

unfortunately I didn’t make the pictures used above. The pictures used above belong to a couple of the sites listen below. The sites listed below give more instructions, ideas and examples of pom pom bouquets.

Offbeat Bride – for clear instructions with pictures and examples

moms and kids – NWR but the pictures used above have been taken from this site

Ruffled – for how to add fabric pom poms to your pom pom bouquet.

And how about a pom pom buttonhole?

Get Creative


But only if you’re creative or know others who are. Play to your strengths when it comes to creativity for your wedding day. Are you great with your hands, just not very imaginative? Then print off templates to work with and copy an idea you have found in a magazine or on the internet. You can get templates for everything from invites and seating plans to cake decorating templates for cutting out icing shapes etc.

The reason doing it yourself is often cheaper is because the person who makes the product naturally and understandably wants to make a profit, so charge for the materials, their time to make the product and a little extra, where as if you do it yourself all you pay for is the materials.

Ideas for what you can make yourself:

  1. The wedding invitations and RSVP cards
  2. The table plan
  3. The seating plan
  4. Table numbers and names
  5. Table centre pieces
  6. Your and your BMs bouquets and the mens button holes etc
  7. Do your own hair and make up on the day
  8. Make your own wedding cake

Below I have listed and linked great sites to look at for amazing DIY wedding ideas:

DIY Wedding

My DIY wedding day

The Wedding Crafter – provides ideas and inspiration, the ability to buy craft supplies and free templates!

Your Table Plan – gives simply elegant and chic design ideas and tips on how to create a table plan. For an alternative twist on the classic seating plan please check out bohoweddingsandevents.com.

Thinking outside the Box

Saving money on your wedding day by being creative, doesn’t mean that you have to make things. You can be creative by thinking outside of the box, and therefore being more origional, which can be great savings.

The National Trust has venues in England, Wales and Northern Ireland, everything from stately homes to ruin castles, marriage spaces both inside buildings and in beautiful outside spaces many at the fraction of the cost of more well known wedding venues.