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Cocktail Friday – Mandarin Raspberry Bellini

by | Cocktail Friday, Made

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Mandarin Raspberry Bellini

Fresh fruit makes a cocktail practically a health food! The patterned people agreed when we crafted this cocktail! Combining two of the boldest fruit flavours – mandarin and raspberry – with bubbles, into a Mandarin Raspberry Bellini makes for the perfect wedding breakfast cocktail or something just delicious for post ceremony celebrations now that the weather is getting warmer! The fruit flavour combination will refresh your guests and get them into the pop-fizz clink mood!

Ingredients:

15 ml mandarin juice (strained)
10 grams raspberries
5 ml raspberry liqueur
Pink champagne or sparkling rose

Method:

In a juicer or bullet blender, combine the mandarin juice and raspberries. Strain into a glass and add the raspberry liqueur. Top with pink champagne or sparkling rose.

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Recipe & images by the Polka Dot Bride team.

Foliage Wall Feature – Fern Wreath Tutorial

by | DIY Tutorials, Made

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Nicola Goring
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There is no easier way to make your home look lush than by adding foliage – Monstera branches or palm leaves instantly bring life and a touch of the tropics to any living space, and we all know the effect of a good Fiddle Leaf Fig! If you’re planning an event (engagement party at home perhaps!), want to make an impact and are giddy about greenery – I have just the thing!

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Have a rummage around your backyard (or find a friend who is willing to help!) and see what you can find. We have an entire fence lined with fishbone fern and it worked perfectly for this DIY. If you don’t have this pretty weed abounding in your yard, there are many options to substitute in. Try small gum branches for a more relaxed feel, soft pine for a Christmas-y feel or ivy for some romance.

You can make these well in advance as they’ll last a good 36 hours (always best to test one out a few days in advance), and because they’re so quick to make, you can cover any wall you choose in no time! Grab your secateurs, we’ve got a feature wall to create!

What you’ll need:

  • Chosen foliage (I picked fishbone fern, and plenty of it!)
  • Scissors/secateurs
  • Double-sided tape (or blutac)
  • Ribbon, if you choose to decorate each wreath
  • Florists’ twine (if you don’t have twine, you can substitute string or fine wire)

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What to do:

Step 1. Cut your foliage and make sure it’s clean and insect free! Cut small pieces of twine, approximately 5-10cm long.

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Step 2. Begin making your wreaths! If using fishbone fern, be aware the stem does get less flexible towards the base. Fold the tip of the plant around and hold it in place with your fingers. Grab a piece of twine and firmly secure the two ends together. Be gentle (but thorough!); as you secure the wreath, you may find if the tips are soft they can break easily.

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Step 3. Trim the end of the fern (and the wire) to make a neat teardrop wreath. Do your best to make varying sizes of wreaths, as this will create a greater impact on the feature wall.

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Step 4. Using your double-sided tape or blutac (being mindful of the wall surface), attach your wreaths to your chosen surface, fitting the different sizes together like a puzzle. If you’d like to make the wall seem more structured, play about with neat, even rows and similar sized wreaths. If your feature wall is outside, remember to use a little more tape or blutac so that the wreaths stay secured.

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These look absolutely gorgeous for a botanically themed event, and are an incredibly easy way to make an impact. Play around with different foliage to see which will suit your theme best – you can even try making tiny wee ones to place on gifts for your guests! Place your wreaths around signage, on the front door, even in the bathroom! You can never have too many and they will look stunning wherever you cluster them!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: How easy – and how on trend; love the simplicity of a massed display. Perfect as a statement behind a dessert buffet or drinks’ table!

About Nicola Goring – 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).

Faux Etched Mirror Sign Tutorial

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Faux Etched Mirror Step by step tutorial

We’re back again with another project to celebrate Cricut’s wedding month! Cricut introduced me to their machines last month and I have been hooked ever since playing with the functionality that used to frustrate me so much doing it manually (a patient crafter I am not)! We’ve been working with Cricut to create two fun wedding tutorials (see our Cork Foil Shadowbox Tutorial here)!) to show you just some of the ways you can use Cricut for your wedding. As they say at Cricut “It’s Your Story, Make It Personal”.

The Cricut can cut over 40 materials, which means your wedding craft idea list just got so much easier and for this project, I chose frosted window cling. Which I love, because not only does it literally look as if I did all the hard work of rubbing etching cream into the mirror, but it’s also easy to remove so you can repurpose your mirrors after your wedding (though – fun fact – I’ve kept that beautiful quote mirror sign because I love it). We’ve even created two free downloads for you to load directly to Design Space and recreate the signs yourself!

F Scott Fitzgerald Wedding Sign

To celebrate all things wedding, Cricut is hosting four weeks of giveaways (culminating in a grande prize final week where you can every prize from every week AND a Caribbean honeymoon from Sandals Resorts) Entry is as easy as visiting their blog and filling out a form. Not bad for a prize pool of $10,000!

Follow along with our step-by-step tutorial to create these etched mirror signs yourself!

Cricut Faux Etched Mirror

Supplies
1.    A mirror
2.    Cricut 12×24 Cutting Mat
3.    Cricut Window Cling in Frosted White
4.    Cricut Transfer Tape
5.    Cricut tools
6.    Polka Dot Bride free downloads (Wedding Welcome Sign and I Love Her Quote)

1.    Customise Your Design

We worked with Gigi & Lulu to create two gorgeous wedding designs for your signs that you can customize yourself! We created two free downloads for you- one has one of our favourite literary quotes the other? A wedding sign you can add your own names and wedding date to for your own big day! Get them (Wedding Welcome Sign and I Love Her Quote).

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Upload your chosen file into Design Space and size as per your needs for your sign. You can use this free download on anything- from vinyl to paper!

For our wedding welcome sign, we left blank spaces for you to insert your own text (we used the font Arial on our final design). So simply type in your names and wedding date and you’re all set! Our gorgeous decorative font is Madina.

For our 450 x 600 mm mirror, we sized each word to about 16 inches wide.

Slicing designs to use on larger pieces is really easy in Cricut Design Space. First turn your image vertically, and then insert a rectangle behind the piece you want to separate, click “Slice” and delete your rectangle. Now you can cut your pieces to size!

2.    Cut & weed

If you are using a large mirror like I did, make sure you get yourself a Cricut 12×24 inch-cutting mat so it can cut the larger design. Cut your window cling to size and smooth onto your cutting mat with the scraper tool.

How to use Cricut Window ClingCricut wedding tutorial

Load it into your machine, make sure you set your dial to “Custom” and then select “Window Cling. Hit ‘cut’ and wait for the magic to happen!

Cricut Mirrored Sign

Once you’re all cut, unload your mat and start to weed. The window cling is quite different to weed compared to vinyl because it clings with static – not adhesive. But take your time with your weeding tool, and utilize the spatula if you need to push the design back down, and you’ll soon have your design ready to go.

Cricut Wedding Window ClingHow to weed cricut window cling

3.    Apply transfer tape

Window cling is awesome for glass and windows because if you reverse your cut, you can use the backing as your transfer tape. But because we’re working with a mirror, we cut our own transfer tape to size.

Make a mirror sign with window clingCricut Transfer Tape

Smooth your letters down in place before you work with your transfer tape, and then apply. Then burnish with your scraper tool.

How to apply trasnfer tape

4.    Apply the design to your mirror

Placing your design on your mirror is probably the hardest part of the project so be sure to use a measuring tape and ruler to align it perfectly!

As we worked in sections, it was easier to lay the pieces on top of the mirror to get the placement right before we removed the transfer tape.

Etched Mirror TutorialFaux etched mirror sign

Carefully remove your transfer tape and place it sticky side down on your mirror, working with the scraper tool, start to burnish the design onto the mirror. If pieces start to stick to the transfer tape and don’t remove, gently move them with the weeder.

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The best part about window cling is that if something doesn’t transfer properly, you can burnish it again and it will stick. The window cling turns a lighter colour when it’s fully adhered to your surface so your final step is to burnish over each letter with the scraper gently to ensure it’s stuck down.

Cricut Frosted Window ClingEtched Mirror For Wedding Ideas

 

And then what’s next? It’s time to enjoy your gorgeous new mirror – no one will know you didn’t etch it yourself!

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Romantic wedding sign ideas

Head on over to Cricut’s blog for this week’s contest!  This week our American & Canadian friends can win up to $1500 of fresh flowers for their wedding day from FiftyFlowers (but Aussies, don’t stress – entry for all other prizes is open worldwide!). FiftyFlowers deliver wholesale fresh cut flowers all throughout the USA and Canada so you can create your own beautiful floral arrangements. Click here to enter!

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This post is part of our paid partnership with Cricut. Thank you Cricut for delivering us this fabulous machine and giving us the tools we need to create fabulous wedding projects!

 

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