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.

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To add an extra little surprise to my Victorian library theme wedding invitations, I made some envelope liners from old book pages. Here are the step-by-step instructions:


You will need:

  • envelopes
  • old book pages
  • piece of card
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • cutting mat
  • scalpel
  • glue roller

1. Open your envelope flat and trace around it with a pencil onto card.

2. Measure and mark out another line 1cm inside the first one. Cut out.

3. Trace around your template on the book pages.

4. Cut out as many liners as required.

5. Roll glue around inner edge of liner. Slip inside envelope, 1cm from edge. Press down firmly. (Note: The glue roller ripped the fragile old paper I was working with. It is ideal for use on thick, new paper but I would recommend using a glue stick, double-sided tape or spray adhesive if you are using delicate paper.)

I won’t lie, this was quite time consuming! But if you’re after a budget-friendly addition to your envelopes, DIY liners could be for you.

Ms Polka Dot says: Here we welcome back again, the talented Alicia from Akimbo with a simple but effective project to make. It just shows that a little extra effort will make any envelope a pleasure to open!

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.


Image: Dandi

We recently decided to have a DIY challenge amongst the four Dandi ladies, and wanted the challenge to be one that was environmentally friendly, fun and useful! After throwing around a couple of ideas it was decided that each of us would go home and find a pair of old shoes that we no longer wear (everyone has some of those right?), and do them up to make them super cute and irresistible!

Caroline’s pair featured gorgeous polka dot fabric so we decided to share it here on Polka Dot Bride.  The shoes she started with, a nice pair of open toed, wooden heeled, red suede shoes, were well worn – they have seen a few parties! If you look at the before shot you can see a bit of damage to the front left shoe. Caroline sewed up these super stylish polka dot pleated frills to cover the blemish –  and add some sailor girl flair! These are now the cutest pair of pin-up shoes around!

Download the Dandi Pleated Shoe Bows Instruction guide here.

Ms Polka Dot says: We are thrilled to welcome Dandi to our Made blog. And isn’t this the cutest project?

DANDI is a Sydney based design house specialising in the design of modern Australian Fabric and Tableware. The Dandi team is a group of trained industrial designers with a passion for beautiful and functional objects. Our aim is to share this passion through the creation of a range of modern and unique everyday products.