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Trying your hand at any DIY element can be daunting – however, our resident DIY Queen, Ms Honeycomb makes it easy! We couldn’t help but sift through some of the amazing and creative ideas that you can follow and do at home. We also have a few of our favourite cocktails and Etsy round-ups thrown in for good measure!

FRAGRANT MINI HERB WREATH TUTORIAL

If you’re keen to incorporate your setting decorations and bonbonniere gifts together, these fragrant handmade mini herb wreaths tick all the boxes. Simple enough to weave together just before the big event and adding rustic garden appeal to your table, scented foliage twisted into a sweet knot is the perfect way to show your beloved guests just how special they are!

MINI FLOWER POSIES FOR WEDDING FAVOURS TUTORIAL

A lot of love and care goes into planning gifts for guests at weddings or bridal showers. If you’re adorning your event with lush flowers, why not add to the theme and gift a small posy to each guest? A small bouquet can be made in your chosen theme colours and personal favourite blooms and is a gorgeous gift to take home and beautify a space.

ETSY ROUNDUP – FLORAL GETTING READY ROBES

ETSY ROUNDUP – ORGANIC WEDDING GOWNS

DRIED FLOWER & FOLIAGE BUTTONHOLE TUTORIAL

Buttonholes can range from simple and classic to wild and colourful, whichever design you choose, making a statement on the grooms lapel. Dried buttonholes are perfect for a DIY bride who is looking to tick things off a to-do list in advance of the big day! Lasting and textural, these beauties will add an organic feel to any bridal outfit!

RUSTIC BRANCH TABLE SEATING DISPLAY TUTORIAL

If you’re a details person, how you display the seating arrangements for your wedding reception will likely be one of the many small elements you’d like to make beautiful. This rustic branch display is quick to make and can easily be made in advance to be set up on the day.

ETSY ROUNDUP – BOUQUET MEMENTO IDEAS

COCKTAIL FRIDAY – THE AGRARIAN KITCHEN EATERY’S ‘BRIDGEWATER JERRY’

Based in New Norfolk, Tasmania, The Agrarian Kitchen Eatery can host wedding or engagement feasts for 15 up to 98 people made from the freshest local produce. They partner with nearby producers for just about everything that ends up on the plate – or in the glass – and they have their own farm nearby from which to source ingredients. There’s a cooking school at the farm too. Taking a class is a lovely, bonding thing to do together while on honeymoon! The two-hatted, naturally lit eatery itself is just the place in which to celebrate for bridal couples who are seriously serious about good food.

COCKTAIL FRIDAY – GIN LANE’S HIBISCUS & ROSE PETAL FIZZ

Love their blooming beauty or hate their ubiquitous-ness, roses are a classic symbol of love and romance! So we couldn’t let ‘The Bouquet Issue’ go by without a cocktail ode to a good old fashioned posy of roses. Master mixologist Grant Collins of Sydney bar Gin Lane comes to the party with this at-home version of his perfectly pink Hibiscus & Rose Petal Fizz cocktail.

EASY LOVE STORY WALL HANGING AND FOLIAGE CHANDELIER TUTORIAL

Proposal stories are some of our favourite stories! If you can’t stop sharing how your beloved asked you to be their’s forever, why not add your story to your decor? I love an easy DIY, and this is exceptionally easy! A beautiful way to spread the love, with a sneaky wee DIY for a foliage chandelier thrown in!

 

It’s that time of year – when we take a look back and round up our favourites! Today, sharing our favourite DIY Christmas tutorials to really help you get in the Christmas spirit! Happy DIY’ing.

CHOC-COCONUT CHRISTMAS PUDDING BALLS TUTORIAL

These delicate little Christmas pudding balls are great as a treat with your cup of tea or coffee. Combined with chocolate chips and luscious soaked fruit (which has all been done for you!) and then rolled in toasted and desiccated coconut, they are just the icing on the cake ! Try and stop at just one.

HOME MADE TREATS FOR CHRISTMAS GIFTS TUTORIAL

‘As a young apprentice chef I was taught that the food was always the carrier for the “sauce”. I truly believe that to be correct. If you get the sauce right then the dish is usually spectacular! I still make many sauces, dressings, pesto and gravies from my little black book of recipes from those days.’

RUSTIC DIY CHRISTMAS TREE TUTORIAL

I am a big fan of the appearance of natural shapes and objects appearing in home décor, and as a result I thought I would design and create my own DIY Christmas Tree this year using local native bushland as inspiration. This tree is also great for those not wanting a fake plastic tree, or those with limited ground space or wanting to keep precious ornaments away from little hands or paws (I’m of the latter!).

NORTH POLE CHRISTMAS CUPCAKES

‘I was first inspired to make these adorable North Pole cupcakes when I saw a picture on Pinterest posted from Kara’s Party Ideas. As host of a looming party, I thought these would be a nice touch.’ 

Try not to devour these delicious cupcakes one by one as they sit on your bench!

DIY PROJECT RUSTIC CHRISTMAS BUNTING TUTORIAL

There are so many ways to decorate with bunting – and these are no exception! A little messy perhaps, but worth it as you can individualise to your hearts content!

Ms Zebra Says: These DIY Christmas inspired projects will keep you busy – and also brighten up your home! From cooking to getting your hands dirty, each of these tutorials offer something unique!

If you’ve planned an epic feast for your wedding you’ll need drinks to complement, not overpower, the food. Think spritely and refreshing cocktails with enough punch to hold their own. That’s why, for “The Feast Issue“, we asked Pontoon to share the secrets to their ‘Kiwi Sour’. The fruit in this uncomplicated tipple provides a necessary, palate-cleansing acid while the frothy foam provides lightness (so you can go back for more of that banquet). Have a little nibble on the cucumber garnish and pretend that you’re balancing out all of that heady, reception-feast related indulgence.

Located in prime position – right beside the sea! – on St Kilda’s foreshore in Melbourne, Pontoon can host private events with a beach luxe style. Situated underneath the famed Stokehouse (which also makes for a luxurious foodie-focused wedding venue, itself), Pontoon’s sunsets and bay views provide the ultimate golden hour for those treasured memories…and photos!

Kiwi Sour by Pontoon
● 45ml Tanqueray No. 10
● 20ml lime juice
● 30ml egg white
● 35ml kiwi syrup
● ice
● Cucumber, to garnish

Combine all ingredients – except garnish – and dry shake without ice in a cocktail shaker. Add ice to the mixture and shake again. Double strain over ice into a short glass. Garnish glass with two slices of cucumber. Cocktail photography by Simon Shiff.

About Ms Fleur De Lys: Aside from being Ms Polka’s Editorial Assistant, Ms Fleur de Lys is also Polka Dot Bride’s Melbourne correspondent so you’ll see her running all over town finding wedding inspiration. As both a lifestyle journalist and cocktail aficionado, Fleur appreciates the power of words whipped up as deftly as a good martini.