Showing posts with label DIY projects. Show all posts
Showing posts with label DIY projects. Show all posts

Tuesday, May 27

diy ballerina tutu toppers

An 'i do' it yourself reader pointed out the other week that a link on one of our posts from a couple of years ago no longer worked. It was a cute little DIY ballerina cupcake topper project with a free tutu template. So we thought its about time we designed our own free download and tutorial.

What you will need:
• Our ballerina bodice template available as a free download printed onto cardstock
• Crepe paper streamers
• Cocktail sticks
• Glue stick
• Hot glue gun
• Needle and thread

1. Cut out the bodices and glue two together with a cocktail stick in between.2. Take a couples of strips of the crepe paper on top of one another and fold in half lengthwise. Following the crease and sew the full length of the strips. 3. Careful pull the thread to create the ruffles and form a circle around the bodice cupcake topper. Tie off the end and cut excess thread away.4. Add a little hot glue to secure and fluff the skirt up!We even have a cute new ballerina birthday invitation design to match

Tuesday, April 29

what's new

Something new today. These cute printable wedding jam labels are sure to make guests smile. With tree designs to mix and match. 
Available from the 'i do' it yourself shop

Monday, April 14

Cheesecake Cream Eggs

Ok, I'll admit it, my favourite thing about Easter is that Cadbury Cream Eggs are everywhere and somehow it's a lot more acceptable to stuff yourself full of them at this time of year. So I nearly died when I saw one of our favourite blogs, Raspberri Cupcakes had come up with a delicious cheesecake filled version with a passionfruit yoke - yummm!
Check out the great recipe here.

Thursday, April 10

eggy escort cards

You might remember emptying out eggs as a kid, ready to paint and decorate. Well here's an egg-ceptionally cute idea (sorry had to be done) from the clever folks at Present&Correct.
Hollow out your egg as usual with a pin, paint and slip a note inside. To turn them into escort cards simply write your guests name on the outside and they can crack it open to find their seat! Cute! You might even say a cracking idea (sorry) You can find the picture tutorial on Poppytalk.

Monday, February 10

diy love banner

A very pretty diy project, perfect for Valentine’s Day, a glitter LOVE garland. And don't stop at just 'love' - to help you out we have a FREE alphabet outline to download!

What you need
• a printer
• scissors
• baker’s twine, embroidery thread or satin ribbon
• cardstock
• red glitter
• PVA glue

Step 1. Just print out the letter L O V E from our alphabet outline free download and cut them out.
Step 2. Apply a generous amount of glue to the front of each letter and then the fun party - sprinkle with plenty of glitter. Easy!

Thursday, February 6

valentine ideas : pink popcorn

Party popcorn by She Wears Many Hats

Here's an idea to make your Valentine's Day pop - why not plan a movie night complete with your own pretty pink popcorn. Great as a last minute surprise. We've even designed a printable popcorn pack with a ticket and party circles to make it that bit more special. Check out these great popcorn recips to try here and here. Yum, don't limit this to just Valentine's though, how about pretty pink popcorn at the wedding or even a kids party?

Valentine Popcorn by Daily Leisure
Printable Valentine's Popcorn Pack by 'i do' it yourself

Monday, December 30

floral seating card display

Turn a simple seating chart into something spectacular with a beautiful floral frame.
You can use fresh or artificial flowers, just pick shades to match your decor.
The Creative Place has a great petal frame tutorial you can follow. Or check out Paper and Stitch for their gorgeous fresh flower frame.

Photo via Phillipa Craddock Flowers

Sunday, December 8

free printable labels

The pantone colour gurus have just released their pick for the 2014 colour of the year - radiant orchid.

So in honour here is our pick of 2014s hottest shades - cerise, lilac and shocking pink -  as a free labels download. Use them for just about anything - favours, decorations, place settings, just get creative! Available for download from the 'i do' it yourself websites freebies section.

Wednesday, July 17

diy project : yellow cab cookies

You cant have a New York City themed wedding without a yellow cab in there somewhere, so how about taxi cab cookies!? YUM. This delicious example is from My Kitchen Addiction.

A car shaped cookie cutter will make the job a lot easier, you can even buy taxi shaped ones, has a great selection of NYC themed cutters. Then some black and yellow icing and a steady hand.

If thats a bit out of your league, black and white cookies are a New York favourite - and a lot less fiddly. Check out the recipe here.

Saturday, July 13

diy project: skyline votives

How awesome would it be to make your very own city lights skyline? This very clever idea is from Sweet Paul. All you need is some city photos printed out onto card paper or try vellum. Just wrap them around your votive candle holders and cut some windows out to let the light shine through. Cute!

Sunday, May 26

diy glitter covered wine bottles

Pic Hostess with the Mostess

Need more glitz and glamour, how about adding some sparkle to your wine or champagne bottles? All you'll need is some Mod Podge, glitter and finishing spray. Check out this handy little tutorial here.

Monday, May 20

great gatsby cake toppers

It seems ages since we did a free download. So today we have a gorgeous way to add a little glitter and glamour to your wedding with some FREE cupcake topper templates.

Perfect for an art deco, Great Gatsby inspired wedding, with four retro cars and four art deco shapes. Print them onto thick paper, cut them out and add some bling with spray glitter. Or print onto rhe back of glitter scrapbooking paper. Glue on your stick and it's time to party like it's 1920!

Available as a free download from the 'i do' it yourself shop's freebie section.

Monday, March 25

free easter printables & projects

The easter bunny is almost here so lets take a minute to look at some fabulous free printables and DIY projects to help you celebrate. Great for last minute gift and decoration ideas, these are a few of our favourites...

  1. Bunny ear cupcake toppers from 'i do' it yourself
  2. Mr.Egg by Pilli Pilli
  3. Easter egg hunt sign from The Diary of DavesWife
  4. I said hip hop easter poster from SF Fontaholic
  5. Easter rabbit paper doll by Jennifer Bell (no not our Jennifer Bell  another one!) 
  6. Illustrated stickers from Mer Mag

Thursday, February 21

burlap table runners

Pic via Style Me Pretty
Rustic burlap teamed with delicate lace is the perfect combination for creating a beautiful table setting. It's easy to make your own table runners by adding some lace to a roll of burlap, either side or right down the middle. Or how about just placing lace hankies or doilies for an even quicker designer look? Fabric, Paper, Thread has a cute little tutorial showing you how to make a burlap and lace table runner with pieced of old lace and doilies. 

Pics Style Me Pretty, Lovely Wedding Day and Butler Seattle

Tuesday, February 12

diy burlap and lace candle wrap

Here is a super quick way to add a little rustic elegance to your wedding decorations. These pretty burlap and lace candle wraps are incredibly easy to make and look fabulous. Basically, just wrap a strip of burlap and a piece of lace around your candle and hold in place with a bit of twine! Head over to Factory Direct Craft Blog for the full tutorial.

Wednesday, February 6

diy project : burlap garland

This cute little burlap garland is great for Valentine’s Day and perfect for a wedding. Super easy to make with some paint, twine, glue and or course burlap. Head on over the Glorious Treats for their lovely step by step and have a go at making your own.

Saturday, January 26

guest book peacock guide

We are often asked about the best way to put together our guest book peacocks, so here's a little guide to help. If you haven't come across a fingerprint wedding guest book yet, you're in for a treat. 

Pic by Powers Studios

The phenomenon began with the fingerprint (or thumbprint) tree, where guests leave their print as a leaf on the tree. A lot more fun than the usual guest book that will probably end up on a shelf gathering dust. When your fingerprint guest book is finished it becomes a beautiful piece of art to hang on your wall. The peacock is a stunning alternative - guests leave their fingerprint to act as the eye of a feather. It's also a great option if you don't like the idea of using ink, friends and family can sign inside a feather instead.

Pics Cage and Aquarium and Alexi Shields Photography

Ink and pens
Fine art and scrapbooking pens are best for guests to sign with, try Faber Castell and Memory Marker. To leave their print guests just press their finger onto a coloured ink pad then inside a feather. There are plenty of cute ink pads available from art shops and craft stores. Some brands to consider are momento and color box. Go crazy with colour or just have one or two shades, it's up to you but you might want to consider where you will be displaying the peacock after the wedding and pick something that will work with your decor.

Is it messy? 
No, just have a pack of wet wipes and a towel handy so guests can quickly clean up after and be more inclined to participate. A bin or basket nearby is good for the used wipes too. Or use it as a signature peacock only.

How much will it cost? 
A print ready file from the 'i do' it yourself shop personalised with your names, date and colour choice only costs $20, then you just need to have it printed. Printing costs will depend on the size you need, paper and print method but here are a few examples*:
Officeworks •Small $2 •Medium $15 •Large $26
But of course the small sizes can just be printed at home on a sheet of nice thick paper. Ink and pens are only a couple of dollars.

Where to print?
For paper we recommend using a fairly thick stock, art or matte is good rather than high gloss.
Flat and digital printing is better than colour copying or laser printing, try to avoid any printing method that uses toner. We have had many customers successfully print onto canvas too, it is a more expensive printing option, but it will be ready to hang. Remember to choose 'not' to wrap the image around the edges of the canvas, or it will zoom in on the print giving you less room for your fingerprints and possibly even chop the feathers off.

In Australia try: OfficeworksKwick Kopy, WorldWide PrintSnap.
In the US try: Go PrintKinkos, Staples
Look for colour poster and large format printing options.

How quickly can I get one? Turn around time for a design on 'i do' it yourself is only a couple of working days, more often than not you can get it the same day! Your local printer will be able to whip the final thing up in a few days, some will even offer a same day service, so it's great for that last minute wedding idea.

Pics: Remington Photography and customer photo

Guest book peacock top tips 
  1. Use quality paper. Ink is wet and we all know what liquid does to a sheet of normal paper, it bubbles. So make sure you have it printed onto quality thick paper or cardstock. 
  2. Test it first. If you can, get a sample of the paper you plan to print on and test it with your ink. Make sure you like the effect before getting your peacock printed, and check it after an hour or two to make sure the ink has dried properly on the paper. If you don't like the look or the ink and paper react funny, just change your paper stock or even try a different brand of ink. 
  3. Ask your bridal party or family to start things off or do it yourself as Ricky and Sarah did above. A big empty peacock might be a bit confusing and no one likes to go first. Once a few people have had a go it will be easy for others to follow. 
  4. Always have an ample supply of pens. If you want guests to sign make sure you have back ups. Nibs can clog up with ink if people write over fingerprints when they aren't dry enough, run out or run away with a forgetful guest - so have plenty of spares. 
  5. Display instructions. Let guests know the process or just that it's your guest book alternative with a sign. There are loads of free signs to download on the I do it yourself website

*Please note print prices are an example of research we have done and are subject to change

Wednesday, January 23

choc dipped peacock spoons

Who doesn't love sprinkles and chocolate? We're loving this trend of chocolate dipped party spoons, perfect as wedding favors served with a hot drink at the end of the night. And it's really easy to make your own.

Delicious Delicious Delicious (pic below) has a great little tutorial to follow, as does Sweet Polita (final pic).
You can even create some peacock feather inspired spoons. Start with melted milk or dark chocolate as the base or try white chocolate with some food colouring. Add another layer in the middle with the help of some coloured icing and use a smarty for the centre - finally a use for those blue smarties!

Sunday, January 20

fingerprint guest book peacocks

Our peacock fingerprint guest book was such a hugh success last year, we've added a few new designs recently, so here's a bit of an update.

You may have come across fingerprint or thumbprint trees, a popular trend at weddings. Guest book peacocks are a stunning alternative to this. Guests leave a fingerprint to act as the eye of a feather, sign there name in the feather, or both. A beautiful keepsake of your big day.

Shown above, from the top, is the stylised peacock, for the best effect the birds body and the background colour are the same. Second is the realistic peacock body, the colours here can be any from our selection and there is even a white peacock option. Lastly we have added a new design this month with a pair peacocks and a pretty paisley pattern. All are available from the 'i do' it yourself shop.

Thursday, January 17

peacock cookies

Head on over to Flour Box Bakery to see their amazing photos for icing these beautiful peacock cookies! Such a treat.

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