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Etsy Roundup – Kimonos for Weddings

by | Etsy Roundup, Made

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  1. Black silk 1970’s kimono from LamingtonAvenue 2. Shawl made from embroidered kimono fabric from Shantique 3. Halter neck dress made from white and gold kimono from Shantique 4. Kimono with flying cranes from kyoto kimono 5. Clutch made from a vintage kimono obi from Leina Aonuma 6. 1970’s peach and pink silk kimono from LamingtonAvenue

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Cocktail Friday – Spiked Elderflower Lemonade

by | Cocktail Friday, Made

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When the weather gets warm, there is nothing like refreshing lemonade to toast to the season and the Polka Dot team devised this special Elderflower Lemonade cocktail just for those balmy nights! The cucumber and mint give it such a delicious freshness that we adored.

Ingredients:

45 ml vodka
20 ml Elderflower liqueur
60 ml lemonade
4 tablespoons of lemon juice

Garnish of cucumber slices and fresh mint.

Method:

Add vodka, Elderflower liqueur and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker and combine. Pour into a tall glass with plenty of ice.
Fill with ice cold lemonade and top with cucumber slices and mint leaves.

Recipe and image by the Polka Dot Bride team.

Ethereal Geraldton Wax Flower Crown Tutorial

by | DIY Tutorials, Made

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How we adore a flower crown! From bright, bold Frida-inspired crowns to soft romantic clustered headpieces, all the way to delicate baby’s breath halos. While the flower crown trend is burning as hot as ever in wedding terms, this floral headdress is anything but a flash in the pan trend, and has been gracing heads since medieval times.

Your flower crown also the perfect vehicle for expressing your own personal style – whether you opt for a ring of thistles and darkly romantic roses, loosely styled bohemian wildflowers or bold tropical blooms interspersed with berries and foliage. The possibilities are truly endless!

In this DIY tutorial, we get in touch with our romantic side with a flower halo styled simply with tiny, perfect Geraldton wax flowers. It’s a nod to beautiful Australian native flowers and makes for a deliciously fragrant crown that will sit in your memory for years to come.

This simple but abundant flower crown is anything but boring, with masses upon masses of tiny delicate blossoms clustered in an undulating halo that would look perfect nestled into a softly textured bohemian updo. Just the right amount of detail, this halo lets your beauty shine without feeling top heavy or childish.

Because wax flowers are pretty hardy (as long as they are kept cool), you can easily whip this beauty up the day before your wedding – or even make them with your bridesmaids! Once they’re made, pop them in a cool dark spot (not in the fridge as they tend to dry out in the low humidity) and wait for your magic day to begin!

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What you’ll need:

  • One bunch of Geraldton Waxflower (we used hot pink, but it’s also available in a range of colours from pale pink to magenta, pastel lemon yellow to an ethereal creamy white)
  • Scissors
  • Firm craft wire, or a couple of pieces of florist wire
  • Floral tape
  • Fine craft wire

What to do:
Step 1. Make your wire base. Start with a length of firm wire, long enough to go around your head. If you don’t have firm wire you can also use floral tape to secure pieces of floral wire. Shape into a rough circle and measure around your head – leaving it looser for a more bohemian halo, or tighter for a crown you’d like to wear higher on your head.

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Wrap the overlapping ends with floral tape to ensure there are no sharp ends exposed. Smooth out the ring with your hands until it is as even and circular as possible.

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Step 2. Create flower clusters. Cut clusters of wax flower blossoms from your bunch, leaving a stem length of about four centimetres. Strip the lower stems of their spear like leaves to make wrapping with floral tape easier.

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Using two to three stems, create clusters by wrapping tightly with floral tape. Wrap and pull your floral tape taut, ensuring you wrap and seal the ends of the stems which stops the flowers from drying out prematurely. Repeat until you have a nice pile of wrapped clusters in a mixture of sizes.

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Step 3. Wire flowers to halo. Starting with one cluster, align the stem with the wire halo and wrap tightly with craft wire. Add additional clusters using the blossoms of one cluster to cover the previously wired stems.

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Continue adding clusters until your halo is complete. With your final cluster nestle the stem into the first and secure with wire. Beautiful!

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Ms Chinoiserie Says: So pretty – I’m a big fan of flower crowns; they always look lovely – and are just perfect for upcoming Summer garden party weddings!

About Bloombox Co: Hi, I’m Phil! I’m a DIY addict and I love to help women explore their creativity through flowers. I’m the co-founder of Bloombox Co, a flower delivery service that makes having flowers in your home or at your event (without a florist!) fun and easy.

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