Friday, October 28

DIY project: aged glass jars



Earlier this month we talked about the popularity of American Mason Jars, especially the vintage ones with their pretty blue glass. They can be difficult to come by in other countries so here is a great idea to get a similar look with recycled bottles at home.

What you will need:
Old glass jars and bottles, labels removed and cleaned
Pebeo Glass Paint - Vitrea 160 in turquoise
Pebeo Glass Paint - Vitrea 160 paint thinner
Soft paint brush or sponge

How to:
Step 1. Mix a small dot of turquoise with paint thinner. About 25% paint to 75% thinner, and apply a light wash of paint to the outside of your glass jar. Repeat with all your jars.
Step 2. Leave the jars to dry for 24 hrs
Step 3. Bake in the oven for 40mins at 160°C. This will set the colour, tone down the brush strokes and make it dishwasher safe.

You can purchase Pebeo paints at most art shops and craft stores. Alternatively you could try using Mod Podge and food colouring to get a similar effect, Craftberry Bush has a great step by step for this process.

Photo credit: Elizabeth Demos via Once Wed and Craftberry Bush.


Wednesday, October 26

grass cakes

Adding grass to your wedding cake might sound a bit odd, but as we showed you in the last post, it's pretty good when the grass is made from icing! Here are a few ideas to inspire, each with a different take on edible grass.

1. Hand painted wheatgrass on white fondant with butterflies and little dots, via the knot.
2. If blades of grass isn't your thing, how about grass green icing and deocrate with little spring flowers. Via Southern Weddings.
3. Fondant cake with gum-paste grass and sugar blossoms from brides.com.
4. Inspired by the first cake, this version shot by Mod 4 photography has additional edible leaves, birds and piped on grass.

Monday, October 24

DIY project: grass cupcakes

Here are two great ways to add a touch of spring to your wedding with grass cupcakes!


Option one - paper cupcake wrappers. Really simple to make, especially when we've got a handy free cupcake wrapper template for you to download. Just print the template onto some green card stock, cut out and finish with a grass edge punch. Here we have used a Fiskars punch but there are plenty of others to choose from. Just wrap your grass around the cupcake and secure with a little double sided sticky tape.
Visit the 'i do' it yourself shop to download the free basic cupcake wrapper template.


Option two - icing! Using a number 233 icing tip and a good deal of green food colouring, you can transform your cupcakes into little patches of grass. Beki Cook's Cake Blog has a lovely tutorial and even shows you how to add cute bees and ladybugs.

Saturday, October 22

something new: falling in love

falling in love MENU
 While we've been busy focusing on spring the past few weeks here at 'i do' it yourself we haven't forgotten about our Northern Hemisphere friends! New this month is the beautiful 'fall'ing in love range. Including some beautiful ideas for reception decorations like these cute menu cards.
Available from the 'i do' it yourself shop

Thursday, October 20

DIY project: ribbon photobooth backdrop


Making a photobooth backdrop out of ribbon has got to be of the easiest DIY wedding projects you could do. All you will need is twine, ribbon and something to string it up between, which is why outdoors is a great location. Just tie strips of ribbon to the twine and your done. Of course you can mix the colours and textured of the ribbons up, and even use strips of lace.

And of course you can use the same idea in all sorts of settings - reception decorations, the ceremony, the cake table and even a backdrop for the band.



Photos: Ricardo Viera via Un Beau Jour, Elizabeth Anne Designs, My Sweet and Saucy and via Intermate Weddings

Tuesday, October 18

steal that style: Elly and Jake



If you loved the look of Elly and Jake's garden reception, here's how to get it.
  1. Mason Jars. These are a North American product, and can be hard to track down in Australia and NZ. Shipping costs will probably make buying from overseas sellers a little too expensive so keep an eye out for vintage glass jars at markets and in antique stores. You can of course recycle your used glass jars at home. Keep an eye out later this month for our aged glass jar project.
  2. Classic fingerprint guest book tree - printable file, $20 from 'i do' it yourself.
  3. 26 printable photo booth props $15 from 'i do' it yourself. Includes seven moustache on stick styles.
  4. Pink gingham ribbon for your DIY photo booth backdrop, available from any good craft or fabric store.
  5. Cherry-Blossom Princess Cake Recipe from Martha Stewart Weddings. 
Colour palette: Jungle and grass green with candy pink.

Sunday, October 16

real wedding: Elly and Jake


There is something really magical about an outdoor wedding. Perhaps it's just the trees rustling in the breeze on a warm day, or maybe it's as the sun begins to go down and the fairy lights come on. Today we have a gorgeous garden wedding to share, shot by the very talented Duston Todd. A dreamy and relaxed reception with green grass, wildflowers and a scattering of blossoms. 


A cute hand painted sign points the way to Elly and Jakes stunning garden reception and their beautiful photo booth set up. Strips of green and pink ribbon are tied to a piece of string and hung between two trees - so simple but so clever. A collection of fun photo booth props, like the good old mustache on a stick where on hand too.


Mason Jars are the wedding decoration of choice at the moment, espeically if you have a rustic or vintage feel to the day. Here Elly and Jake have used them as tea light candle holders, vases for wildflowers and photo frames - another very popular wedding trend this year. Just pop your photos into the jar. Engagement shots are great, or you can even use old family wedding photos, just use copies of the originals if you are worried about damaging them. 


Elly and Jake chose one of 'i do' it yourself's fingerprint guest book trees, decorated with two lovely shades of green ink for the leaves/fingerprints. We always find working with two ink colours works really well for these. You can choose the same colour but in different shades for a soft, subtle look as above. Or for something a little more daring pick two contrasting colours for a bold effect.


Elly and Jake's reception decor was simple, charming and beautiful. Handmade paddle fans to keep the guests cool -  you can put all sorts of things on these: the menu, order of reception or just personal messages to your guests.

A pretty display table was set up for the guest book tree, decorated with photos beautifully framed from the pre-wedding shoot, flowers and candles. A selection of weddings cakes covered in white fondant and topped with real pink blossoms sat on a simple burlap tablecloth.


As the sun went down, those little fairy lights came on, candles where lit and guests kicked off their shoes. The perfect end to a truely beautiful wedding.

Thursday, October 13

trick or treat!

halloween party circles

With Halloween just around the corner we thought we'd share a super cute free download today. These fun printable party circles are an easy DIY project for Halloween. Use them as cupcake toppers and gift tags or to decorate cards, party hats, place cards and more!

With 12 coordinating images designed to be used with a 2" or 2.5" paper punch. Available as a free download in the new 'i do' it yourself shop.

Trick or treat!

halloween party circles

With Halloween just around the corner we thought we'd share a super cute free download today. These little trick or treat party circles are an easy DIY project. Perfect for October weddings, use them as cupcake toppers or gift tags for goodie bags filled with sweets! Or just use them at your Halooween party.

Available as a free download in the new 'i do' it yourself shop.

Tuesday, October 11

spring grass wedding stationery



This fresh stationery range is perfect for a spring or summer wedding outdoors. With a pretty grass design across the bottom and a scattering of little butterflies. Shown here in what else but grass green - or pick your own colours from a huge selection.

Available now from the 'i do' it yourself online shop.

Sunday, October 9

october beauty bag



  1. Paperself eyelashes in Peach Blossoms. Inspired by the art of Chinese paper-cutting these intricate designs are sure to amaze. In two sizes, small to accentuate the corners of your eyes, or go all out with the full lashes. $25
  2. Hindu Grass Nasomatto Extrait de Parfum 30 ml. This calming scent with notes of herbs and grass is for both men and women. $162  
  3. Ecoya travel tin candle in lemongrass & ginger. Light this handy little travel sized candle on the wedding morning and relax. With a refreshing scent of ginger and cut lemongrass. $24.95  
  4. Maybelline New York EyeStudio Hyper Diamonds Quins Eye Shadow in Emerald Diamonds. $18.95
This months bag: All About a Bow - Ivory on New Grass bridesmaid clutch purse, US$78, by Davie and Chiyo.

Friday, October 7

DIY project: burlap boutonniere


Boutonnieres are great little DIY projects to tackle for a wedding. Not too time consuming, and if you're not using fresh flowers, a great keepsake. Adventures in Dressmaking has the most adorable step by step to smarten up your man in no time. Using beautiful rustic burlap, some feathers, buttons and a little ribbon. We think this style is just perfect for an outdoor wedding. And so much fun to put together you'll be insisting on more groomsmen just so you can make more!

Wednesday, October 5

spring grass

spring grass inspiration board

Spring is the perfect time to get outdoors, so why not move your wedding out there too? This month we'll take a look at some gorgeous garden wedding ideas with a colour palette of juicy greens.

Credits: Garden wedding gown by Atelier Aimee. Butterfly covered paper lanterns from Martha Stewart. Grass table centrepiece with daisies from Brides.
An amazing grass print tablecloth via the Wedding Source. Grass and butterfly cake via the knot. Spring Grass save the date by i do it yourself. Green paper butterfly wall garland by Vera Paper Lab. Shepherds hooks with boxwood balls decorate this aisle, via Down the Aisle with Style.



Monday, October 3


Fresh new craft products on our radar this month:

  1. Cuttlebug V2 Embossing and Die Cutting Machine. A cute portable system which uses a unique rolling technology for crisp cuts and professional-quality embossing. $115 from Fat Cats Card Corner.
  2. Diamond Rhinestone Ribbon Wrap Roll. Also known as Bling Mesh or Glitter Mesh, this bendable ribbon looks just like diamantes. Great for wrapping around table decorations. Sold in US but there are plenty of sellers on ebay for Australian customers.  
  3. Sew Ribbon Tool and Stencil. This great tool makes it easy to apply threaded ribbon to even thick paper. Shown here in a pretty leaf pattern but there are plenty of designs to choose from including Shoelace and Weave. $14.99 each from the Scrapbook Store
  4. Martha Stewart edge punch in grass. Perfect for outdoor spring wedding details. $24 from Craft Candy
  5. EK Success Paper Shaper in Fall Leaf. A great punch that creates three unique shapes to make gorgeous maple leaves. $19.99 from the Scrapbook Store

Saturday, October 1

wedding top three


It's often suggested that a great way to budget for your wedding day is to pick three things that are most important to you. Spend most of your budget on these three things and try to save on the rest. So last month we asked our readers which three things they would blow the budget on. The results are in and the wedding venue took out the top spot very closely followed by the dress and the catering! The smallest portion of the budget going to the invitations, accessories and transport. Not too many helicopter arrivals planned then?

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