Did you see the Semaphore Wedding Inspiration Shoot that Ms Polka was kind enough to share yesterday? Today I’m going to present the first in a series of tutorials to show you how to recreate some of the lovely details, starting with this sisal-covered vase with free printable table number flag.

Atypical Type A - Rope vase materials

For the vase, you will need:

  • A plain cylinder vase (I bought mine at Baldock’s, a floristry wholesaler)
  • Sisal rope (available at any hardware store)
  • Craft glue

Atypical Type A - Rope vase materials

For the table number flags, you will need:

  • Table numbers (download here)
  • Iron-on transfer paper
  • Calico
  • Dowel
  • Hacksaw
  • Ruler
  • Craft glue
  • Scissors
  • Fabric pen

Atypical Type A - Rope vase tutorial 1

1. Apply a line of glue along about a quarter of the vase’s circumference.

2. Press one end of the rope into the glue. Allow to dry. (If the rope slips as it’s drying, secure it temporarily to the vase with a bulldog clip.)

3. Apply glue to the rest of the vase and wrap rope around it.

4. When the entire vase is covered, cut off excess rope. Allow to dry.

Atypical Type A - Rope vase tutorial 3

5. Meanwhile, cut the dowel to length with the hacksaw. If the edges are rough, give them a quick sand.

6. Print the table numbers onto the iron-on transfer sheet. Cut out individual numbers.

Atypical Type A - Rope vase tutorial 4

7. Mark out a long triangle shape in the calico.

8. Cut out triangle and snip off the two end points to create a flap shape.

9. Iron number onto fabric as per packet instructions.

10. Gently peel off backing.

Atypical Type A - Rope vase tutorial 4

11. Apply two lines of glue on the reverse of the fabric, one along the fold and another along the flap.

12. Lay dowel along glue strip. Fold over flap and press down. Allow to dry.

Then add your choice of flowers or foliage (I used artificial succulents stuck into florists’ foam) to the vase and insert the flag.

Tutorial photography: Alicia Parsons
Location photography: Luke Simon Photography
Styling: Mary & Gabrielle Events
Additional props: Poppies Flowers


Ms Gingham says: Another fabulous project from Alicia. Customize for your theme using different flowers and colours.

I am Alicia Parsons, the Atypical Type A. I live in Adelaide, South Australia in a modest townhouse with my new hubby Ryan (aka The Man). I am the owner and graphic designer behind Akimbo, which specialises in quirky invitations, announcements and greetings.

Check out more projects from Alicia here.

Straw Flags

I love candy stripe paper straws and for a recent celebration we created some sweet little straw flags. These were featured on my blog and are really fun and so simple to create. Use them at your engagement, wedding, bridal shower or anywhere else really! You can personalise flags with guest names, personal messages … whatever you can think of really.

You only need a few bits and pieces to create your own personalised straw flags and they look so cute when you are finished.

You will need:

  • Printer
  • Plain, coloured or patterned A4 paper to suit your style
  • Scissors and/or craft knife. Ruler and cutting mat
  • Double sided tape

Step one:

Fill in your template with whatever you want on both sides of each flag.

Go with whatever best suits your celebration … your names, your wedding date, “Celebrate”, “Love”, your favourite places, artists or even leave one side blank. The sky’s the limit!

Printed A4 Sheet

Step two:

Print it onto your chosen paper.

Step three:

Cut the paper along the template lines using your scissors or craft knife, ruler and cutting mat combo.

Cut Flags

Step four:

If you have decided to use card stock rather than paper you will need to roll each flag around a pencil or one of your straws, similar to how you would curl a ribbon. This will help get a nice round edge around the straw rather than having a pointed part.

Step five:

Now attach your double sided tape down one side on the inside of the flag.

Cut straw flag

Step six:

Wrap your cute little flag around the straw, line up the ends and then press together. Press to crease the flag so it is attached to the straw (you can use your fingernails to get the crease right).

Step seven:

Neaten up the end by cutting a small triangle and viola! A gorgeous straw flag to be enjoyed by all!

DIY Straw Flags

Photography by Little Flamingo Stationery and Events

Ms Gingham says: Love these super cute straw flags!!! Thanks so much to Shannon from Little Flamingo for the idea and the template!

Shannon says: “Hi I’m Shannon from the stationery side at Little Flamingo Stationery and Events. I love creating gorgeous invitations and wedding day stationery. Helping to plan and bring your wedding day to life is Ilka who looks after the finer details in the lead up to and on the day of your celebration!”

Read Shannon’s recent Vendor of the Week interview here.

wishing tree 1

I made these cut-out paper leaves to decorate some potted branches for my brother’s Autumn engagement party. I was setting it up before the party when my sister-in-law-to-be suggested that guests could write messages on them. What a great way to make your decor functional!

You will need:

  • Potted tree or branches
  • Coloured cardstock (use two or three colours for best effect)
  • Cardboard (from a cereal box is fine)
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Small hole punch
  • Thread

wishing tree tutorial 1

1. Draw three different sized paisley shape (or a more traditional leaf shape if you prefer) onto the cardboard. Cut out.

2. Using the cardboard template, draw as many shapes as you can on each sheet of cardstock and cut out.

wishing tree tutorial 2

3. Punch a small hole and tie a loop with thread.

lolly buffet 1

This is great if you’re looking for a guest book alternative that doubles as decor for your wedding or engagement party.

It’s a really versatile project: just tweak the pots, paper colour and shapes to suit the season and style you’re after. Place one on a table at your wedding entrance and you could even use it as an escort card display.

Photography by Alicia Parsons (The Atypical Type A)


Ms Gingham says: And also good for hen’s parties … just keep the shapes tasteful please!!

I am Alicia Parsons, the Atypical Type A. I live in Adelaide, South Australia in a modest townhouse with my new hubby Ryan (aka The Man). I am the owner and graphic designer behind Akimbo, which specialises in quirky invitations, announcements and greetings.

Check our more of Alicia’s inspired ideas here.