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There’s a reason eucalyptus has shot to the top of wedding decor trends in recent years.  The silvery grey-green hue of a eucalyptus leaf provides the ideal accompaniment to any number of colour schemes.  Think of eucalyptus paired with an industrial theme – pops of copper and a mix of greens, or included in a whimsical palate along with soft peach and blush or even a classic romantic scheme paired with crisp whites and creams.  It’s a versatile leaf that is not only readily available but budget conscious too. This DIY Eucalyptus Candle Tutorial is a simple one and able to be replicated en-masse. The leaves maintain their freshness for up to a week so the candles could be created ahead of time. You can either find eucalyptus leaves at your local flower market, or if like me you’re partial to a morning walk, have a look closely at your local park, a nature strip or nearby bushland.  You’ll most likely find exactly what you need somewhere within your neighbourhood.


What you’ll need:

3 x pillar candles in varying sizes
A few branches of eucalyptus leaves (or a bunch from your local flower market)
Scissors
Hot glue gun + glue
Jute twine

Step One. Snip the leaves individually from the branches and arrange them in size order.  Depending on the size of your candles,

Step Two. Plug in the hot glue gun and place some old paper down to catch any of the excess glue. Start with the smallest candle.  Place a thin bead of glue vertically down the candle.  Place a leaf on top and press until it holds.  Repeat this process until you have one layer of leaves around the candle.  Once you are at this point, take a good look at the candle and layer leaves on top using the same process if you think it looks sparse in any area.

Step Three.  Repeat the process for the other two candles.  The first candle takes a little while but once you are in the swing it is an easy and enjoyable process.  Using the scissors, cut a length of twine approximately 80cm long.

Step Four. Wrap the candle three times and tie neatly with a double knot.  Repeat for all candles.  Voila! You now have a beautiful, rustic and handmade addition to your wedding tables.

All images by Jessica Derrick

Ms Polka Dot says: Bringing a touch of  our best known Australian tree into your wedding, with its subtle colours and memorable smell would be a simple yet wonderful way of reminding us of home.

About Jessica: I’m a writer and a lover of words and stories, pretty papers and flowers. I find great satisfaction in creating something beautiful from the simplest of materials. I’m happiest in a home bustling with conversation and music, sitting at a beautifully decorated table surrounded by good friends and delicious food – with a glass of champagne in hand, of course!

With the cooler months being all about apples, pears and delicious spices the team put our heads together to whip up this pear inspired number to warm the cockles of your heart.

Using fresh pear as a garnish is a must for this Winter warmer, but we also love the combination of bourbon and maple syrup for a little Winter richness.

Ingredients:

  • 30ml bourbon
  • 5ml maple syrup
  • 5ml lemon juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 30 ml ginger beer
  • 30ml pear nectar
  • Pinch of allspice
  • Fresh pear
  • Ice

Method:

In a cocktail shaker, combine bourbon, maple syrup, lemon juice, vanilla extract, pear nectar and allspice.

Muddle ingredients together to blend the flavours and make sure that rich Winter flavour is combined.

Pour into a short glass over ice. Top with ginger beer and stir.

Garnish with fresh pear.

Recipe and image by Polka Dot Bride.

If you’re looking to add as many DIY touches to your wedding as possible, look no further than this flower petal bundle-dyed fabric tutorial! Once you’ve dyed your gorgeous masterpiece, you can use it in ribbons to bind bouquets, to tie together stunning invitations or to wrap gifts. If you use silk as your base fabric, you could even make your bridesmaids some beautiful wraps!

There is a huge amount of variation in this kind of DIY, so have a play about with different flowers and foliage to see what will produce the kind of colours you’re looking for. Each piece you dye will be unique, which makes the process all the more fun!

What You Will Need:

  • Flowers of your choice – I used Dahlias, Roses, Marigolds from the garden and stamens from Camellias. Fleshy petals in deeper colours will work best.
  • Cotton or silk fabric (a natural fibre is necessary – I used white cotton lawn). Wash the fabric to remove any chemicals and boil in 4 parts water and 1 part vinegar for 1 hour before use.
  • Twine
  • Heavy based pot and colander, or steamer

What To Do:

Step 1. Strip all the petals off your flowers. You can include the foliage and the stamens too! If you’re hoping to get a lot of colour use a lot of petals, use less for a more subtle pattern.

Step 2. Once your fabric has cooled from its vinegar bath (see above in ‘What You Will Need’) but is still damp, lay the fabric out flat. Sprinkle the petals over half of the fabric lengthways. You can do this randomly, or you can try to create a pattern. Half of the fun of this project is that it is impossible to tell exactly how it will turn out, so prepare a surprise!

Step 3. Once you’re happy with your petal placement, fold the other half of the fabric on top of the petals. As tightly as you can, roll the fabric up. You may want to ask for some extra hands for this step, as a tight bundle is necessary for the colour to transfer.

Step 4. Once the fabric bundle is rolled up, use the twine to tightly bind it together. Again, you may need help to ensure this is done as firmly as possible.

Step 5. Pop your bundle into a colander and place it inside a heavy based pan with approximately 1-2 inches of water. Make sure the fabric doesn’t touch the water and bring to a very gentle boil. Steam for two hours (or more, depending on how dark you would like the colours to turn out) with the lid on, turning after one hour. Keep an eye on the pan to ensure you don’t run out of water.

Step 6. Being very careful not to burn yourself, remove the bundle from the saucepan and pop it into a glass bowl or jar. Make sure the bowl or jar is sealed, and leave overnight. In the morning take your bundle outside (or somewhere where a little mess is encouraged!) and unfurl your creation! Leave to dry, preferably in the sun, for 1-2 hours. Shake off the petals while soggy, they may become a little trickier to remove once dry.

Step 7. Once your fabric is dry, iron it at a high temperature to seal the colour. If you’d like to wash it, later on, use only cold water, and expect a little colour to fade. Now you have a gorgeous piece of fabric to do with whatsoever you please! Table cloths, napkins, gifts for your bridesmaids – the options are endless!

All images by Ms Honeycomb

Ms Polka Dot says: How gorgeous this would be for the ribbons on your bouquet and tie it in with matching napkins or tablecloths at your reception – beautiful!

About Ms Honeycomb  – Hi, I’m Nicola, the florist and crafter behind rubyandjoy. I’m a gardening, fabric loving, mint tea drinking, brownie baking, book obsessed maker! I love a good adventure having just moved back from five years in Scotland (with my lovely Scottish husband).