Category: DIY projects

DIY arrow table setting

We’re loving the continuting trend for all things metallic, and can’t resist the cute arrow details we’re seeing all over Pinterest this spring. Combining the two, we’ve made these sweet arrow place settings. They’re easy to knock up with just a bit of glitter card and some washi tape (you know we LOVE washi tape, right?) – here’s how…


The best wedding pinatas

Wedding pinatas are an easy way to add a splash of colour to your big day, and are a guaranteed hit with kids and adults alike. Fill them with confetti and sweets to keep everyone entertained during your drinks reception without breaking the budget. Here are our pick of the best pinata DIY projects around the web, plus where to buy them if your crafty skills aren’t up to scratch!


HOT OFF THE PRESS! New wedding stamps by Noolibird

What could be better than the sun shining? New wedding stuff, that’s what! These gorgeous new stamp designs from Nula Shearing at Noolibird are perfect for a rustic wedding or a fun-filled Mexican fiesta kind of day! The great thing about stamps is that they’re just so versatile – you can use them on everything from save the dates and invites to favour boxes and bunting. Let’s take a look…

1. Love birds stamp, from £12Love birds wedding stamp Noolibird
2. Personalised Mexican heart stamp, from £36Mexican wedding stamp Noolibird
3. Mexican flower stamps (shown in pink), from £8 each.mexican wedding flowers stamp
4. Flower border stamps, £8.50wild flower garland personalised rubber stamp
5. Rose garden stamp, £55rose garden personalised wedding stamp

Trend alert: temporary tattoos

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Forget face painting… temporary tattoos are the body art du jour! They’re a great idea for hen dos or to give as favours – you could even set up a little tattoo station where guests can have them applied! Cool huh? Check out this little selection from Pea Green Boat (they’re £3 each but they also do sets for £7.95 – bargain).

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So what do you think – temporary tattoos for weddings, thumbs up or thumbs down?

To DIY or not to DIY: the pros and cons of a handmade wedding

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Image: The Wedding of my Dreams

After you’ve posted pictures of your ring on every social media channel going and the last of the engagement party Champagne has been drunk, it’s time to get down to the details of who, what, when and HOW THE HELL ARE WE GOING TO DO THAT?!

We know from experience that it’s easy to get carried away when you’re Pinning all those outdoor table setups (usually shot in the US, or Italy… not the rainy UK) and beautiful handmade invites (usually made by an expert, with just one to make –  not 70!), so we’re here to keep it real and give you the lowdown on what it’s really like to DIY your wedding. Then you can make an informed decision and hopefully avoid unnecessary stress during your wedding planning…


• Making your own favours, stationery, decorations and even your cake and flower arrangements adds a personal touch. Everything you craft will be made with love, and have a whole lot more meaning than off-the-shelf alternatives.

• You can create the exact look you want, without compromise. Everything can be made in your specific colour scheme.

• You can sometimes save money (see Cons!)

• It can be fun – especially if you involve family and friends. Everyone feels that they’ve contributed to your special day, and therefore more invested in it.

• On the day itself, you get a huge feeling of pride and satisfaction – you achieved ALL this!


• Making everything is a huge task that will require an awful lot of your time. If you both work full time and have busy social lives, when can you realistically see yourselves fitting it all in?

• DIY isn’t always the cheap option! By the time you’ve factored in the cost of your materials, you can end up spending more than if you’d just bought the items online.

• It can be stressful! If you’re more keen on getting creative than your other half, you’re at risk of some serious arguments over who has stamped more invitations and who has made the most pom poms.

• Don’t forget scale – that homemade favour project you saw in a magazine looks easy, but when you have to make 100 of them, is it realistic?

Our DIY tips

• Be honest with yourself about how creative you really are. If you’re not usually very crafty, making things might take you longer than expected and you might feel disappointed with the finished product.

• Don’t take on too much – choose one or two things to work on yourselves and leave the rest to the experts.

• Ask for help! Play to everyone’s strengths rather than trying to do everything yourself (as super as you are, no one’s that perfect)

• Stick to a strong theme – otherwise you’ll end up with a mishmash of ‘It looked great on Pinterest’ ideas that don’t actually go together.

• Visit your venue with friends/family to work out which areas need styling and how much safe you have on your tables for menus, favours, plates, cutlery, that moss-covered woodland-inspired centrepiece…

• Ask your photographer to take shots of all your ‘details’. This way, you’ll remember all those little things you worked so hard on. Wedding magazines are also more likely to feature you if you have these too (there’s a little insider tip for you!)

Tell us how you’re finding DIY – tweet us @paperbrideblog #todiyornot

Modern calligraphy: handwrite your invites

Yay, it’s Saturday – and almost the end of January! We don’t know about you but we are very much looking forward to some spring sunshine and flowers. Remember them? We need some colour back in our lives!

Anyway, yesterday was National Handwriting Day, so we caught up with Lucy Edmonds from Quill London to get some tips on how to improve our scrawl and find out about their Modern calligraphy workshops, which are proving VERY popular with brides-to-be…
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How to make a tassel garland

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Image: McKinley Rodgers

Tassel garlands look amazing hung across your venue or used for tassel balloons. They’re expensive to buy ready made as they’re quite time consuming, but they’re easy to make if you’ve got a bit of patience and a few helpers! I made hundreds for my wedding, using them for our giant tassel balloons and to hang across our barn venue. They take a lot of time but you don’t need to be particularly crafty to get a great result – here’s how…


Rustic DIY ideas

Happy new year! We are back on the blog after a little break and can’t wait to bring you a whole lot of paper prettiness. If you got engaged at Christmas, congratulations – and welcome to the wonderful world of weddings! It’s a lovely place to be.

The rustic look is still so popular, especially for country weddings or if you’re thinking of booking a marquee or barn venue. You can really go to town with DIY too when your venue is a blank canvas – and we don’t just mean bunting! Here are a few of our favourite ideas… (more…)