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There is something lovely about loads of lush foliage. This magnolia foliage, heart wreath tutorial will have you whipping up event decor to please even the biggest botanics fan! You can tailor this wreath to suit any theme by using different greenery, adding blooms, keeping things simple or by going as opulent as you please!

If you’re planning to decorate a space for a kitchen tea, bridal shower or even the big day itself, this wreath can be made a day in advance, which allows plenty of time for some pre-party pampering! Make several in different sizes for a stunning feature wall, place one at the entrance way or above the drinks/gifts table or attach them to an outdoor trellis. Using magnolia foliage will ensure your wreath will last several days and may even make a gorgeous gift for someone special!

What You Will Need:

  • Chosen foliage – I used half a small bunch of magnolia and several small tropical leaves. Consider using eucalyptus for a softer look (and divine scent!), camellia for a similar effect to the magnolia, or even ferns for a vintage feel.
  • Heavy gauge wire
  • Wire snips
  • Flower snips
  • Florist twine (you can substitute this for normal string in a pinch)

What To Do:

Step 1. Decide on the size and shape of your wreath, and use the wire to create your chosen design. Ensure the wire is fastened securely (you may need small pliers for this if the wire is particularly strong) and add a small loop at the top so that it can be easily displayed. Cut short lengths of twine, approximately 5-8cms long.

Step 2. Prepare your chosen foliage. If using longer pieces of foliage (such as eucalyptus), leave them long. If using larger varieties of foliage such as tropical leaves or magnolia, trim the stems and select nice glossy leaves. Leave approximately 10cm of bare stem to make attachment easier.

Step 3. Begin attaching your foliage with the florist’s twine, ensuring every piece is secure. You will need to secure each piece of foliage at two different points on the stem to stop the foliage slipping about.

Step 4. Continue to add foliage, being aware it may look a little messy during the process. Use extra pieces of twine to add pieces in or to adjust leaves as you go. Once you’re finished adding foliage, neaten up loose pieces and trim any oddly hanging leaves. Hang on the wall and hey presto – you’ve just made a gorgeous fresh foliage wreath!

All images by Ms Honeycomb

Ms Zigzag says: These wreaths are so beautiful for any event or for no occasion at all. I’ve always wondered how I could make one myself and now I know. Thanks, Ms Honeycomb! 

Cocktail Friday The Emporium Hotel Gingerbread Man

If you love gingerbread men and can’t wait until the Christmas season to get your fix, we have just the (boozy) solution for you! The Emporium Hotel in Brisbane serves up the most festive-tasting cocktail of them all – The Gingerbread Man. Make it yourself at home using their recipe below or better yet, visit or stay at the hotel and have them make it for you!

Gingerbread Man

Ingredients:

15ml Absolut Vodka

15ml Mozart White

15ml Butterscotch Schnapps

15ml Frangelico

15ml Gingerbread Syrup

5ml Vanilla Syrup

Garnish

Crumble Mix (crushed shortbread)

Cocoa powder

Method:

Combine all of the ingredients into a cocktail shaker and shake over ice. Strain into a brandy glass and top with crumble mix and a light dust of chocolate.

Glass: Brandy

If a trip to Brisbane is in your near future, they have a killer deal for you… The Emporium Hotel in Brisbane has announced the Signature Sips package featuring four cocktails of choice from their specially curated 10th Anniversary Cocktail Menu, seasonal tapas board, a reserved spot in the stunning Cocktail Bar, late checkout and valet parking, all for the special enhancement price of $100 plus room rate. The offer is available until December 31st 2017. Enjoy Dotties!

Recipe and image by The Emporium Hotel in Brisbane. 

DIY gold foil pinata polka dot bride

A wedding is celebration of love with you, your partner and all of your nearest and dearest.  With champagne and music and dancing – it is like the best party you’ll ever host!  Enter: the Wedding Piñata.  The perfect addition to any great party – communal, inclusive and loads of fun. Plus, it looks fantastic!  You can be creative with the shape and colour – imagine how great your initials would look in bright coloured foil? And also don’t be limited in what you fill the piñata with – an explosion of glitter, confetti and Hershey’s Kisses? Fortune cookies? Yours and your partner’s favourite sweets?  Have fun with this project, it’s sure to inject a little of your personality and and a whole lot of playfulness into your big day.

You Will Need:
Cardboard (I used 2 x packing boxes)

1 x sheet of newspaper

Pen

Scissors

2 x rolls strong sticky tape
1 x roll packing tape
2 x packets of gold foil fringing (90cm x 2m)
1 x 20cm cable tie
Ribbon, string or twine to tie
Confetti & assorted sweets to fill

Step One. Draw half a love heart onto the newspaper.  By only creating half this will ensure your love heart is symmetrical.  As a guide, the completed love heart I used was 56cm across at the widest point, 44cm from the central top to bottom and 58cm diagonally from the top tip of one side of the heart to the bottom central point.  Trace the half heart onto the cardboard and then flip over and trace the other side.

Step Two. Cut out love heart and use it to trace another one on another piece of cardboard.  Now with the leftover cardboard, cut 2 x pieces of cardboard approximately 80cm long and 15-20cm wide.  With these two cardboard strips, roll them up to make them a little more pliable.

Step Three. Take your time to attach the side strips to one of the love hearts so it becomes a 3D shape.  I found using small strips of sticky tape initially was easier.  Once you have finished attaching one side, at the top of the heart, use a cable tie to poke through the cardboard and create a ring where the piñata will be able to hang from.  Reinforce the cardboard where the cable tie pokes through with packing tape.  Also, cut a small square flap (approximately 7cm x 7cm) in the top of the love heart so you are able to fill the piñata once complete.

Step Four. Flip the love heart over and attach the other side use the same process of applying small strips of sticky tape around the edge.


Step Five. To create the foil fringing, carefully remove the foil strips from the packaging in an area with a large clean floor or bench. Lay them flat.  Using a large piece of sticky tape place it over the top of the fringing around 20cm from the top of the foil strips.  This piece of sticky tape will form the top of the next fringe so cut above it.  Then pick up the first fringe and if required, flip over stick another piece of tape on the other side to ‘sandwich’ the foil pieces into place.  Repeat as necessary.  I created 28 pieces of fringing approximately 25cm wide and 20cm long.  However the amount of fringing you require will depend on how you decide to overlap the foil and how ‘full’ you want the piñata to appear.

Step Six. Starting at the bottom of one sides of the love heart, attach the first piece of foil fringing with tape.   You could also use a hot glue gun to attach the fringing.  Continue to add pieces of foil fringing, ensuring to overlap a little until the whole side is covered.  Use scissors to neaten and trim where necessary.   Repeat this process to cover the sides and then flip to cover the remaining love heart.


Step Seven. Use ribbon or string to tie the top of the piñata through the cable tie.

Step Eight. Fill the piñata with sweets and confetti or whatever your heart desires!

Ms Zigzag says: Piñatas equal party time; and a personalised piñata made at home is so much more fun than the standard store-bought version. The only problem is they’re so pretty I just might never want to break it open. 

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!