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If you love the look of hand-addressed envelopes but can’t squeeze the cost of professional calligraphy into your wedding budget, then this technique could be the answer for you.

You will need:

  • envelopes
  • paint pen (Decocolour)

DIY calligraphy before

Instructions:

1. Select a suitable font to coordinate with the invitations. One with a handwriting or script style will work best for this technique.

2. Print the address in a slightly darker colour than the envelopes.

3. Trace over the letters with a paint pen. Lay each envelope out separately to dry; stacking them could cause smudging or transfer onto other envelopes. You may need to do a second coat, especially if you are doing text that’s lighter than the background.

To be honest, they didn’t turn out quite as well as hoped. If I had a chance to do them again, I would do a couple of things differently. Here are my tips:

Don’t make the type too small
It makes accuracy difficult and letters may even ‘fill in’.

Increase the letterspacing
Since the pen is so much thicker than the printed letters, they ended up very squashed or even overlapping. (Obviously I’m using professional design software for this but you can still do this function in Word).

Use the most opaque pen you can find
It will give you the most solid colour and alleviate the need to do extra coats. I used a brand called Decocolour (purchased at Lincraft) and it was OK but it would have been much more effective had it been more opaque. If any readers have found a more opaque paint pen, please share with us!

Ms Polka Dot says: A simple and effective project from Alicia at Akimbo to give your envelopes a standardised and neat look. Try scrapbooking shops, pen shops or even borrow a fountain pen – just some other ideas  for obtaining that ‘opaque’ pen!

Hi, my name is Alicia and I am a paper addict.
I love designing quirky invitations through my business Akimbo. I’m also the Atypical Type A, my blog where I share projects and inspiration for home, parties and weddings.
Just for fun, my  favourite cocktail is a Japanese Slipper.

Hi! I’m Mel.

Today I’m sharing with you the flowergirl basket I made for my recent wedding. It’s super easy, and perfect for those of you who are having a rustic or country-themed wedding.

Here’s what you need:

  • Basket (I found mine at the op [goodwill] shop for $2)
  • Glue gun
  • Dried moss
  • Ribbon
  • Rose petals (fresh or dried)

DIY project - Flowergirl Basket

DIY project - Flowergirl Basket

When choosing your basket, take into account how small your flower princess is. She might not be able to carry a big heavy one. A small wicker one without a metal frame would be a better way to go.

First, heat up your glue gun and start sticking small sections of moss onto the outer and inner rim of the basket. Make sure you only do small sections at a time so that the moss has the best chance of sticking. As you add moss, push it into the glue.

Once dry, lightly rub your hand over the rim to release any loose moss and touch up sections where the moss didn’t stick.

DIY project - Flowergirl Basket

Finish the basket by adding bows to the sides. You can stop ribbon from fraying by lightly running the edge near a candle flame so that it melts slightly.

DIY project - Flowergirl Basket

DIY project - Flowergirl Basket

Then, fill with rose petals and it’s ready to go!

DIY Flowergirl Basket - the finished product

Photograph by Darin Collison

Ms Polka Dot says: Remember Mel who made the ribbon wands here and bird’s nest cake topper here? We welcome her back with this simple and utterly gorgeous flowergirl basket. So pretty and just perfect for your little person as part of a spring or summer wedding!

You can check out Mel’s gorgeous wedding here.

Mel says: I’m a crazy scientist by day, crafter/blogger by night. I love pastel colours, things that sparkle and anything rustic/country. I am the designer behind Paper and Ribbons, a store packed with vintage style jewellery for weddings and everyday and write The Crafty DiY Bride, a blog full of inspiration and projects for DiY brides. Favourite cocktail? A lychee martini!

All photographs taken by Mel herself except the credited photograph by Darin Collison.

I was recently asked by Pronovias via Brides if I would like to create a DIY project for their readers! You can check out my button cookie favor and box tutorial here.