Image: Dandi

We recently decided to have a DIY challenge amongst the four Dandi ladies, and wanted the challenge to be one that was environmentally friendly, fun and useful! After throwing around a couple of ideas it was decided that each of us would go home and find a pair of old shoes that we no longer wear (everyone has some of those right?), and do them up to make them super cute and irresistible!

Caroline’s pair featured gorgeous polka dot fabric so we decided to share it here on Polka Dot Bride.  The shoes she started with, a nice pair of open toed, wooden heeled, red suede shoes, were well worn – they have seen a few parties! If you look at the before shot you can see a bit of damage to the front left shoe. Caroline sewed up these super stylish polka dot pleated frills to cover the blemish –  and add some sailor girl flair! These are now the cutest pair of pin-up shoes around!

Download the Dandi Pleated Shoe Bows Instruction guide here.

Ms Polka Dot says: We are thrilled to welcome Dandi to our Made blog. And isn’t this the cutest project?

DANDI is a Sydney based design house specialising in the design of modern Australian Fabric and Tableware. The Dandi team is a group of trained industrial designers with a passion for beautiful and functional objects. Our aim is to share this passion through the creation of a range of modern and unique everyday products.

Akimbo Old School invitation

The Man proposed at a dilapidated school, so it seemed only fitting to have a fun school theme for our engagement party. I illustrated a vintage school desk, complete with our initials carved in, with type reminiscent of school book doodling. To prevent it looking too Play School, the bright colours are toned down with the rustic twine, woodgrain pattern and recycled envelopes.

I then made some cute extras, which I’ve made available for you to download free!

Ryan&Alicia lolly table


Akimbo Old School thank you notes


Lolly bag labels
Remember going to parties as a kid and taking home your bag of goodies? We left out some bags, string and pens for guests to pack up their own little bag o’ treats from the lolly table.

Instructions: Print onto adhesive paper, cut out with a circle cutter, stick onto cellophane bags.

Download them here

Ryan&Alicia Old School bubbles

Bubble bottle labels
This is a super easy way to dress up generic bottles of bubble mix for a wedding or party.

Instructions: Print onto adhesive paper, cut to size, stick onto store-bought bottles.

Download them here

Ryan&Alicia food flags

Food flags
We used these as a mess-free way for guests to pick up savoury nibbles, but they would look even more adorable as a cupcake topper.

Instructions: Print onto adhesive paper, cut out, wrap around toothpicks.
Download them here

Find out more about the invitations or see all of the retro fun here.

Ms Polka Dot says: This is the first of Alicia’s fun DIY posts to inspire you to get creative and have some fun with adding these to your wedding or engagement decorations! Welcome Alicia! And thank you for the generous free downloads!

Hi, my name is Alicia and I am a paper addict.
I love designing quirky invitations through my business Akimbo. I’m also the ‘Atypical Type A’, my blog where I share projects and inspiration for home, parties and weddings.

A very sweet “Love & Thanks” card free download from Amy at Eat Drink Chic. Just the ticket for a thank you card for your bridesmaids don’t you think? Download the “Love & Thanks” Card freebie here