I recently celebrated my sons 2nd birthday, so it was the perfect opportunity to get creative. I wanted to attempt making a 3D number to use for a photo with him, and to decorate the food table.
If you fancy having a go yourself, all you’ll need is a large cardboard box, sellotape, spray paint, pencil and scissors.
I begun by drawing the number on a piece of cardboard, and cut it out.
Then choose which side you want the 3D edges to be, I wanted to fill the number with balloons so built the edges up on the front. I cut long rectangles out of the cardboard and used sellotape to attach around the edge. I stuck tape both sides to ensure it held.
I spray painted the whole thing…
Then found small metallic coloured balloons and wedged them all inside. It’s fair to say it’s pretty fragile, but perfect for a photo opportunity or decoration!
If you’re looking for a face mask for a special occasion, we might just have something for you.
With face masks becoming the crazy new normal, it’s completely going to change people’s photo albums for weddings and parties.
So imagine this, you’re heading to your best mates wedding, you’ve had your hair done, you’ve got your favourite pair of fancy heels and a designer clutch at the ready, and erm a clinical blue disposable face mask? Probably not the look you had in mind.
So we’ve been working on a few ways for you to look smart and feel safe at the same time.
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These are fabulous for weddings and parties. They also the perfect solution if you’re the bride or groom about to go wedding dress/suit shopping. Check out this luxurious style in our online shop. They’re easy to order and arrive gift wrapped, in letterbox friendly packaging.
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It could be a certain fabric your looking for, or a photo printed onto your mask, or words, a logo or initials.
It could even be a bulk order of special masks for all your guests, we’d love to help.
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If you have a celebration coming up and you’d like to decorate, check out this simple ‘how to make a streamer backdrop’ tutorial to create your own impressive display.
All you need:
Crepe paper streamers
Gold metallic ribbon (optional)
I have seen so many of these stunning streamer backdrops all over pinterest, these brightly coloured backdrops can add a wow factor to any venue. So with my son’s 1st birthday during lockdown, I wanted to try make it special, not that he will remember it! I had a go at making my own.
I went for a green jungle, turquoise and gold sorta’ colour theme. If you’re designing your own, choose colours that might be in the room, or on other decorations e.g. balloons, banners, bunting, table cloths, straws etc.
I bought crepe paper streamers from this ebay store. This particular UK based seller has lots of colours. When purchasing yours, I’d recommend choosing 3 or 4 colours.
Making Your Backdrop
Choose the width and height you’d like to make, e.g. if it’s going behind a table, measure the width of the table.
The string is what you’re going to tie your streamers to. Cut your string double your desired width, so you have enough to secure your backdrop to wherever it’s going.
I used our washing line to make our backdrop, and then re-positioned it when it was made. For yours decide where it’s going to go, and either make it there, or you could make it on a wall that has nails already in a wall holding up photos, or a curtain pole.
Tying your streamers
Once you’ve decided the height of your backdrop, take your first coloured streamer and cut it double your chosen length.Take the midway point of your cut streamer in one hand, and thread this over your string and bring the two tails through the loop. The official knot term is called a Lark Head Knot. See below an image taken from google.
This is the knot you’re going to do for each streamer.
Check you’re happy with the length of your first streamer, and if so start cutting more crepe streamers of the same length.
We tied ours in colour order, but feel free to add yours in any order you wish.
It also sometimes looks nice with them all different heights. You can always trim it at the end, if you’d prefer a neat line.
Finally, add a few gold ribbon strings randomly along your backdrop, and score them so they spiral. I think it personally adds a fun finish to the backdrop.
There you have it! A great DIY decoration idea perfect for baby showers, weddings, parties galore.
Pinch and a (rum) punch, first day of the month. Happy April everyone. We don’t wanna do any fooling here, it’s already a tough old world out there, so here’s your ultimate guide for making the best cocktails every time.
I came across this clever recipe on Pinterest and you can make THE best cocktails with pretty much any ingredients.
All you gotta do is remember the rhyme…
1 of sour, 2 of sweet, 3 of strong and 4 of weak
Firstly pick the unit you’re gonna use depending on how many people it’s for. E.g. if it’s just for yourself you might wanna use a shot measure and if it’s for the whole household, you might wanna use a jug… just make sure you use the same unit all the way through.
So to give you an example, here’s my favourite concoction…
1 shot of sour – fresh lime juice (you could also use lemon juice)
2 shots of sweet – grenadine (you could also use sugar syrup/gomme)
3 shots of strong – spiced rum (the fun part, pick any spirit that takes your fancy)
4 shots of weak – pineapple juice (choose any juice or soft drink)
So for anyone wondering what to do at home, have some fun experimenting until you find your favourite. Just remember to keep to the 1234 ratio.
Add some fruit when you’re ready to serve and don’t forget to make sure you have plenty of ice!
I personally think pineapple and kiwi always makes a prettier punch, and even more delicious!
What’s the first cocktail ingredients you’re gonna try?
To celebrate our 7th birthday we’ve made a beautiful printable for you to make and use at home, either for celebrations, as gifts, or decorations for the home.
All you’ll need: string, a hole punch and some scissors.
Print out this floral bunting by clicking on the link below.
You’ll find the first few pages are the letters ‘happy birthday’. If you would like to create your own personalised message, I’ve designed the whole alphabet, so print out the letters you need for whatever phrase you would like to create.
Print onto paper or thin card, then cut out the flags.
Hole punch or use scissors to make teeny holes in the top corners.
Thread the flags along the string (in the right order) and there you have it.
To add some va va voom, before making holes, you could mount these flags onto different coloured card or paper.
Use the bunting for a wall, along the edge of a table or along a curtain pole. Keep somewhere safe and flat, and reuse again and again!
Credit: I used a stunning photo taken by Georgia de Lotz to create this bunting. Thank you Georgia! 🙂
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Do you have a copper theme wedding or party coming up?
Copper is everywhere at the moment and we love it! So why not add a metalic touch to your event with our new letters that come with a floral flare. We’re excited about these cutie pies…
Spell out your initials, your surname or a word that summarises the event.
Each letter comes with an optional subtle floral accent, and are £3 a letter to hire. Free-standing, 15cm high, these are perfect for adding a sprinkle of sass to any table. Great for any copper theme wedding or party.
Wanting a little inspiration for some baby shower decoration ideas? Or wondering what to do to bring a little fun to an upcoming baby themed party?
We had the pleasure of providing decor for a yummy mummy’s baby shower. We created a few handmade, decorative bits and bobs full of colour. Including a nappy wreath, lace bunting, pink tissue blossom tree and nail varnish favours.
It was a beautiful afternoon full of laughter, cake and baby clothes galore! If you have an upcoming party you’d like some creative decor ideas for we’d love to hear from you! Get in touch here.
Need some help thinking of baby shower decoration ideas, we love helping people get creative with their events. We’ve got a baby themed board on pinterest for other ideas too. Get in touch or check out our catalogue of decor available to hire for your next event.
Looking for alternative signage ideas or signage a bit different to the standard signpost?
Add this lil’ beauty to your event to decorate and brighten up any corner.
It could be great for an entrance directing guests the way to go, it could go also on a table in your venue to share information on. Or use it to add a decorative touch showing people where your guest book is, or where to leave cards and gifts.
We will happily design you a personalised sign to go with the typewriter making it a truly unique and bespoke piece.
Either hire the typewriter on its own for £15 or with signage £19 for 3 days.
Get in touch if you’d like to add this your special day or want to discuss other alternative signage ideas.
Rustic wedding signage is all over pinterest at the moment.
We wanted to create a few new signs suitable for rustic weddings and today we officially welcome this uber cute new lil’ sign to our prop collection.
This bespoke handmade signpost has been designed to be placed at the start of the aisle. It could also work at the entrance of your venue. We’ve used left over fencing to create it and handpainted it with white paint.
It’s available to hire for £15 for a 3 day period.
If you want unique bespoke signage at your special event, get in touch we love getting creative and would be more than happy to build you a one of a kind sign! Rustic wedding signage, copper signage or floral displays, you name the style and we’d love to create something unique for you.
If you’re planning a rustic wedding, check out this wedding we decorated.
We recently had the privilege of providing props for a tipi rustic wedding – a first for us… I can happily confirm that tipis are defo a great option for weddings! We worked with the lovely bride, Rebecca, to create a few bespoke pieces especially for her (and the hubby of course)
As you entered the tipi we created a personalised seating plan named ‘Where in the world are you sitting’. All tables were named cities that the bride and groom had been to. Great for a couple who have experienced the travel bug! We loved doing this and will be making this as a special bundle for more brides.
Inside the tipi we hung our fairy lit hessian heart behind the top table, making it obvious where the focus was in the room. Rebecca’s family had crocheted Mr and Mrs bunting which we tied across the front of it.
The bride and groom had a table especially for photos of their parents’ and grandparents’ wedding pictures, we used our scroll frames and jars to decorate here.
Our drinks dispensers and crates came out to play with our personalised drinks labels.
At the end of the evening they had fireworks and sparklers so they purchased our sparkler bundle adding a personalised touch to another table with the chalkboard we designed for them.
When we were there we spotted a few cute looking props the bride and groom organised themselves, my favourite was the old school milk bottles used as centre pieces.
This rustic wedding was beautiful and we wish Rebecca and Phil all the best as the new Mr & Mrs 🙂
A barn wedding is always such a privilege to decorate. Most of the time, the barns are so magnificent, it doesn’t need a lot to impress your guests! I love the look of the brown wood against the lace and white fabrics of the table cloths.
We recently helped the lovely Nicky & Oliver with their beautiful barn wedding. The venue looked stunning, we loved all of their great ideas they chose – my favourite was their table numbers.
Our hessian chair tie backs all behaved themselves adding a touch of vintage to the room. Take a look through some of the photos we shot.
If you’d like help decorating your venue, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
These cute fairy lights are perfect for any event with has an element of ‘play’ about it. If you’re having a games corner for kids at your wedding or a sports themed party these are perfect.
Measuring 2 metres in length, they are battery operated so can be hung wherever you like. We’ve added them to our catalogue of lovely bits and pieces. We’ve got 2 lots of them in total, costing £7.00 to hire for a 3 day period
Nappy cake designs! Here they are, we’ve made a fair few, so I thought I’d save some of our favourite designs all in one place. I’ve also included a tutorial of how I made my first ever one.
If you’re looking to try making a creative gift for the next baby shower you attend, this handmade gift will be pretty unique and incredibly useful! It will also remove the chances of you turning up with the same gift as someone else!
My first ever nappy cake:
about 60-70 nappies (I’d recommend buying size 3, they’re a good width and if the mama has a big baby they’ll fit!)
All of these except the nappies can be purchased from a craft store e.g. Hobbycraft.
Start by rolling up each nappy, into a toilet roll shape, and secure with a small rubber band. Then when you have enough to make the base layer of the ‘cake’, stand them all up and make a circular shape. When you’re happy take a piece of string and tie it around really tight to ensure all the nappies are behaving! Then repeat this and make the remaining two other layers of the cake.
I then measured the height of each layer and cut a long piece of wrapping paper to wrap around the edge of each tier (like where you would ice the cake) I wrapped it round and stuck down with a piece of sticky tape. Then tied a pretty ribbon on top of the wrapping paper, around the middle of each layer. I added a chocolate lollypop at the top which had the ‘happy birthday’ message on, something that my niece could actually enjoy! Et voila 🙂
Here’s some of our other nappy cake designs that we’ve created more recently:
Decorate the table this Christmas with candy canes! An edible informative sign which can’t be a bad thing!
Stick three candy canes together with cello-tape, so the curved canes are all going out at different angles. Next add some pretty lace or ribbon and tie a bow on top of the cello-tape.
I designed on Microsoft Word a sheet of text boxes which I filled red, and gave a green dashed border. I downloaded the vintage font ‘Romantiques’ from dafont.com (for free may I add!) and typed the names I needed.
You can either use them for name places for people or dish names.
The perfect handmade gift for any chocolate fan! A mini parcel filled with all the ingredients you need to make the best hot chocolate known to man!
First I melted my fav chocolate into a heart shaped ice cube tray, once it started to set, I pushed a disposable wooden teaspoon into each cube and left to harden. (Teaspoons and ice cube tray are on eBay at super cheap prices)
Then I filled clear mini cellophane sachets (also bought from eBay) with lots of sweet treats, some with marshmallows, some with deluxe hot chocolate powder, some with chocolate sprinkles. I sealed each sachet with a handmade sticker by stamping snowflakes onto plain white parcel stickers just to add a Christmassy touch!
Once my heart shaped chocolates (with wedged in teaspoon) had set, I removed them from the ice cube tray and put each one into a clear cellophane bag – and sealed the same way with a sticker.
When you have all the different sachets filled, pack them into a mini bundle, one of each one. I used clear display bags with a gold pattern on and tied with a ribbon.
I then printed out instructions on how to enjoy and decorated the reverse for an additional decorative touch and tied to the ribbon.
We’ve been cutting and sewing galore over the last few weeks getting a few new festive bespoke props ready to add to our vintage catalogue.
The first one I’d like to welcome is our Vintage Christmas bunting! Wooooo!
We’ve sewn three different flags to red (or green) tape – cream floral, red gingham and green polka dot. They’re all double sided, so ideal to hang across the room and can be admired from all directions!
Stay tuned for more ways to spruce up Christmas in your home 🙂
We had a busy weekend designing the beginning of our personalised bunting range. I always loved the thought of turning hessian into bunting, it’s such a vintage look.
We’re taking orders for weddings and events, available to purchase or if you’re trying to save pennies why not hire?! Message us for deets!
Little note for all you crafty readers – if you’re making yourself, be careful not to buy the cheapest hessian available (as tempting as it sounds) this tends to fray just by looking at it. Try to choose hessian which has been woven quite tight – it will make it easier to sew.
It was my 6 month wedding anniversary this week… on top of reminiscing about the lovey slushy stuff…. I was taken back to the moment when I asked the girls if they fancied a mission…. ‘Will you be my bridesmaid?!’
Being the creative soul that I am, this question involved some scissors, decorative paper and sweeeeets!
As the plan in my head was for each bridesmaid to wear a different coloured shoe, I made them each a sweetie bouquet representing that colour. I added to this a paper chain of 5 girls so each one would know who the others were. And popped each gift in a bag which had the ultimate question on the front!
Hearty’s doing somersaults right now! Loving our new Love Heart Garland 🙂
We bought a variety of material, cut out heart shapes, sewed around the edge, leaving a 2cm gap at the top and filled with stuffing. Embroidered the gap closed and used parcel string to sew them to thicker parcel string to hang them up. Super simple!
It’s very happy right now in front of the fire place making itself very comfy in its new home! We’ll be making these available to hire, they’re a great equivalent to bunting!
The latest vintage order we’re hard at work at, is our hessian bow chair tie backs. I’m totally in love with these!
They’re part of a vintage wedding, set in a rustic barn – they’ll blend in perfectly! I love how each chair will look like a present wrapped up in delicious hessian and every guest attending will technically be like a gift to the beautiful bride and groom!
My living room is currently covered in bunting. We’re on a bunting mission to fill up our stock with various types and colours. It’s very exciting how much we’re expanding our catalogue of hired vintage goodies! We’ve still got lots to make but I’ll let you take a sneaky peak of our designs so far…
The time had come to get up to some crafty mischief again. My bank of homemade cards was running extremely low so instead of panicking about this major crisis, I came up with a genius solution to make some more!
I have a few people to thank and send some ‘thinking of you’ cards to via the British postal service… It always means more when a message arrives on a doormat rather than through a vibration on your mobile.
So I downloaded some thank you gift tags from the liagriffith.com blog, (I have previously mentioned her, she’s an ultimate legend) and cut them out.
These sort of tags are usually tied to a present, so I thought I’d change things up a bit and hang them inside the card, so when the reader opens it, they’d get the shock of their life… Not really!
So I used some of my favourite coloured parcel string to tie them around and tied a knot to hold them in place. I made sure the knot was on the front of the card and then covered it with a crafty embellishment!
Oh so pretty 🙂