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Fancy a free elderflower foraging hunt?

It’s elderflower season guys!

Did you know this stuff grows in the wild in so many public places across the UK for about 4-6 weeks of the year. And it comes back again every year.

Something we trrrry to do is go on an elderflower foraging hunt at this time of year. We come back with a bag of freshly picked elderflower and love turning it into something yummy.

Over the years we’ve made, gin, cordial, wine, but this year we found a fab recipe for orange and elderflower jam. And I can proudly confirm after nearly finishing a loaf of bread, it’s delicious on toast!

Where can I find it?

Elderflower is abundant throughout the UK, in woods and along roadside hedgerows. From late May you’ll see masses of tiny white flowers hanging in sprays which develop into purple elderberries later in the summer.

What does it look like?

Credit: Pete Holmes / WTML

The flowers are flat-topped clusters of tiny, creamy-white flowers, the fragrance is sweet and summery.

If you come across any on your daily wanders, why not take a little home to make something yummy too!

Here’s a few recipes we’ve enjoyed over the last few years to inspire you!

Elderflower cordial – https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/homemade-elderflower-cordial

Elderflower gin – https://www.discoverwildlife.com/how-to/make-things/how-to-make-elderflower-gin/

Elderflower jam – https://www.fabfood4all.co.uk/strawberry-elderflower-jam/

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Pumpkin Decorating Idea

pumpkin decorating

October for me means pumpkin decorating! And not the scary spooky kind!

Why not create a pumpkin floral display and turn your 🎃 into a vase!

Here’s our easy to follow tutorial…

First you’ll need a pumpkin! We bought three from our local supermarket.

Next, find a plastic pot smaller than the pumpkin you’re using. I used an empty yoghurt pot! There’s probably something perfectly suitable in your plastic recycling bin.

Draw around the diameter of your pot on top of your pumpkin

Dig out the middle of your pumpkin, be careful not to go out of the edges of where you’ve drawn

Optional – Paint or decorate your your pumpkin a colour of your choice, I went for copper paint!

Once dry, pop your pot in your pumpkin and you’ve got yourself a makeshift vase.

Hope you loved this pumpkin decorating idea! If you make one I’d love to have a peek! Tag us on facebook or instagram with @idohandmadeuk or send us an email

Happy October everyone!


pumpkin decorating

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Bootyful Baby Shower Decoration Ideas

Nappy wreath

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.

Baby shower decoration ideas pink nappy wreath
A nappy wreath made of nappies, pink tissue paper, baby footprint ribbon and a pair of pumps to finish it off!
lace bunting Baby shower decoration ideas
Lace bunting watched all the guests enjoy all the cake
Baby shower bunting Baby shower decoration ideas
White lanterns are great for decorating and add a wow factor to any space
pink pom poms Baby shower decoration ideas
Pink tissue paper pom poms are easy to make and add a little colour to the room
drinks dispenser lemonade stand Baby shower decoration ideas
Our lemonade stand with matching pink straws, yummy cakes and our lace and pink bunting
pink blossom tree Baby shower decoration ideas
We made a display using branches and tissue paper to create the blossom effect
dont say baby game Baby shower decoration ideas
Don’t say baby game, give everyone 3 pegs to begin with, if you say the word baby, the first person to notice gets to take a peg. The person with the most pegs at the end of the event gets a prize.
guess the size of mummys tummy game Baby shower decoration ideas
A classic but a goodie!
flower arrangement in a jar of lemons Baby shower decoration ideas
We created a display of a vase within a vase, using lemons and matching yellow flowers
pink hangers Baby shower decoration ideas
These pink hangers we bought from ebay to hang up the clothes all the guests bought for the bubba
nail varnish favours Baby shower decoration ideas
We made little favours for all the guests, nail varnishes all different shades of pink

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.


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