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Oh gosh, I’ve been dying to get some beautiful DIY projects onto this blog myself ever since we came  up with the idea for Polka Dot Made and every single week I am floored by the amazing projects of our contributors! Today though, you get plain old me – Ms Polka Dot with a tutorial I did last year for Brides. Buttons have long been a favourite of mine and for weddings they’re simple and sweet and can carry the romantic theme of the day (the whole sense of a button and the buttonhole working so perfectly is kind of a romantic notion).

My mission with Polka Dot Made was to give you projects, ideas and inspiration available in Australia (because as much as I drool over Paper Source and JoAnn’s, the products are simply not available here!) This was a pretty quick and easy project, plus it was fun! All the supplies were bought from Spotlight, which, when you find a good one can be a crafter’s heaven!

What you’ll need:

For The Box

– Assorted buttons in the colours of your choice. (I chose black and white but you can choose whatever you wish. Spotlight sells big bags of mixed coloured buttons in all different assortments).

– Flat, pre folded boxes. (I also bought these already made up as I figured making 100 of these out of plain card for your guests might turn your hair grey. These come in packs of 10 and you just fold them up and push the tabs together, too easy!)

– Ribbon in your colour choice

– Tissue paper in your colour choice

– Double sided tape (you could also use a hot glue gun)

– A bone folder (mine is my trusty Martha Stewart bone folder, but you could also use a metal ruler)

For The Cookies

– Basic ingredients for butter cookies

– White (pre-packaged) fondant

– Long strands of black liquorice

– Rolling pin

– Skewer

– Round cookie cutter

1. Start by folding together your pre made favor box (I use my bone folder or a ruler to make sure the folds are really crisp and tight) and placing your buttons on the lid. It takes a little fiddling to get different sizes to work well so have a bit of a play to see what you like the best before gluing anything down.

2. Cut enough of your ribbon so you can bring it up the sides of the box and tie it in a bow. Using your first piece as a guide, cut the ribbon for all of your boxes.

3.Place a spot of glue in the centre bottom of your box and stick the middle of your length of ribbon down. Glue or attach with double sided tape your buttons to the top of the lid.

4. Glue your buttons to each lid using double sided tape or a hot glue gun

5. Cut a small square of paper to fit inside each box (this will prevent any grease stains from the cookies appearing on your gift box and gives them a little cushion to help prevent breakage)

6. Make your cookies! These keep for a few days and taste really yummy. I used a simple biscuit dough recipe from Taste. Make sure the cutter you use will allow the cookies to fit inside your boxes!

7. Get out your sweet goodies. I used simple white fondant and bought long rolls of black liquorice for our black and white colour theme. But you could dye your fondant, add silver cachous and really do whatever you want, to make your button cookies your own.

8. Knead your fondant as per the instructions to soften it. Using icing sugar on your workspace to dust it, roll your fondant so it’s about one eighth of an inch thick. Cut the circles for your “buttons” using the same cutter you used for your cookies.

9. Decorate your rounds. I used a smaller circle (a spice jar lid if I’m honest) to make a “button” indent and used skewers to make the button holes (I alternated between two hole and four hole buttons)

I cut long strands of liquorice to create “laces” and thread them through the holes. Each button I made was different, so don’t feel limited to the one design.

10. Attach your fondant buttons to the cookies with a smear of icing sugar mixed with water or jam (jelly) of your choice. Put a little dab of the mixture on your cookie and attach the fondant button. Leave to set.

11. Place your cookie into the box and tie the ribbon into a bow. You could also attach a tag at this step so the favors double as place cards.

Personalising this project:

– Choose buttons that match your wedding colours.

– Colour the fondant to your colour scheme

– Add extra decorations like silver cachous, sugar flowers and even iced designs to personalise each button.

– Decorate with different indentations – for a vintage style wedding, roll lace into the fondant and remove. For a modern wedding consider stripey buttons or a monogram.

– Add tags to match your stationery with your own little message. Consider adding the guest’s name as a place card.

Paper Fan

Just as a bride’s gown proclaims her sense of style and individuality, her choice of wedding stationery sets the mood and tone of her special day. Making beautiful invitations might seem a little daunting at first, but when you realise how simple it can be by learning a few artist secrets and tools of the trade, you will find that paper styling can become a much-loved hobby. It all starts with choosing papers and cards from the myriad of styles, colours and patterns.

The most popular invitations sizes, applicable to most items in the wedding stationery suite, are designed to fit perfectly inside a standard envelope size without folding or distorting the design. To ensure your wedding stationery fits comfortably inside a matching envelope, you’ll first need to be familiar with some very basic dimensions

A4: 210 x 297mm

A4 is the most widely available paper size. Perfect for designs of any shape and size, an A4 sheet of paper is the starting point for almost every item in the wedding stationery suite. The paper size chart on the below illustrates where to fold or trim to create each of the classic sizes.

Without folding or trimming it in some way, an A4 sheet is too large for a traditional invitation. However, you may wish to create a wedding menu, cocktail list, seating chart or sign at this size. An A4 sheet is also perfect for rolling into paper petal cones or antique scrolls.

A5: 148 x 210mm

Fold an A4 sheet in half to create this classic size, perfect for menus, thank you letters or large format invitations. Fold several sheets of A4 paper, nestle together, and tie with ribbon to create a beautiful A5 ceremony program or booklet.

Square: 140 x 140mm

Measure and trim 70mm from the side, and 17mm from the top of an A4 sheet to create two square sized pieces. This perfectly symmetrical format is a classic size for wedding invitations, acceptance cards and menus and fits perfectly into a standard square envelope.

Sq-with-envelop-Paper-Size

Sq invite

DL: 99 x 210mm

Fold an A4 sheet into equal thirds, as you would a formal letter or bill, to create three DL-sized pieces. Either tall or thin, depending on its orientation, this format is a classic size for wedding invitations and acceptance cards and fits perfectly into a standard DL envelope.

 

DL-with-envelop-Paper-Size

dl invite

A6: 105 x 148mm

Fold an A4 sheet in half once and then in half again, to create four A6-sized pieces. This neat, compact format is a classic size for wedding invitations, save-the-date-cards and menus. This size fits neatly into a standard C6 envelope. A6 is the most economical size, as only 25 sheets of A4 paper are required to create 100 A6 invitations.

A6-with-envelop-Paper-Size

A6 invite


All images by Cristina Re Designs

Ms Gingham says: Pretty handy information. Essential if you’re making you’re own invitations. See more of Cristina Re Design’s posts here.

Cristina Re‘s stylish boutique Where a Girl Goes offers a variety of papercraft workshopsThe Brilliant Bride workshop provides expert tuition for participants to be inspired and create the wedding  of their dreams. All participants receive an exquisite cupcake and coffee or tea from the in-store coffee bar and an exclusive Workshop Discount giving access to 15% off purchases in-store!

Bark vase 1

Greetings, Dotettes!

Today’s project is a tad less illustrative as usual (some of my photos went AWOL on me) but I promise it’s still easy to follow.

To make these bark vases you will need:

  • PVC pipe (from the plumbing section of your local hardware store)
  • Caps for the PVC pipe (you will need one for each ‘vase’)
  • Duct tape
  • Hacksaw
  • Hot glue gun
  • Bark sheeting (I bought mine here, but let us know if you find any local sources!)
  • Pebbles or gravel
  • Acrylic paint and brush (optional)
  • Your choice of flowers or foliage (I used artificial grass from Baldocks – I recommend using artificial as the vases may not be watertight)

Bark vase process 1

1. Using the hacksaw, cut the pipe into equal lengths. (If the ends are rough you may need to smooth them with some coarse sandpaper.)

2. Place a cap on one end and secure with duct tape.

3. Cut bark sheets to size, making sure the grain of the bark goes with the height of the vase (otherwise it will be too hard to wrap around). Glue the bark sheets to the pipe.

Bark vase process 2

4. The grass I used left the inside of the pipe visible so I painted it, but if your arrangement is fuller at the base you can skip this step.

5. Place your arrangement in the vase. Fill around it with a handful of pebbles to weight it down.

Bark vase 2

The dark red grass was perfect for this Autumn party, but you can use any type of arrangement to suit the season and style of your event.

Images by Alicia Parsons

Ms Gingham says: How pretty are these? You could use anything to cover the pipe with and achieve all sorts of different looks to match your event. Visit Alicia’s blog to get lots of inspiration on everything from invitations to headpieces!

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.