Originally posted on Polka Dot Bride February 18th 2010

I’ve loved reading Mel’s blog The Crafty DIY Bride – firstly she’s Australian (and runs her own lovely Etsy shop Paper & Ribbons) and secondly, she is so very talented with her crafting she’s been doing for her upcoming wedding!

I’ve wanted more DIY projects on Polka Dot Bride but haven’t had a moment to create them, so I asked Mel if she’d like to share her DIY projects on Polka Dot Bride and am thrilled to share with you Mel’s DIY Moss Letters (which are really easy but look great!)! Mel is planning to hang the letters over her and her groom’s chairs at their reception. So now it’s over to Mel!

After looking for months for this moss, I found some at a dried flower shop. So, using my glue gun, kaisercraft wooden letters and the moss, I got to work.

What you’ll need:
Wooden Letters (available from Kaisercraft)
Dried moss (available from dried flower stockists and some craft shops)
Glue gun
Wide ribbon to hang
Dust buster to clean up all the bits of moss (trust me, you’ll need it)

What to do:



Working one small section at a time, carefully apply hot glue to the letters and press in small clumps of dried moss.



Once each letter is covered, allow to dry. Brush the letter with your hand to allow the loose clumps to fall free and touch up any blank spots and edges with more glue and moss.


Glue ribbon to the back of each letter to hang and tie a big bow at the top – lovely.

On a side note, I bought 5 packets of 30g moss each and only used a little more than one packet on both these letters. A little goes a long, long way!

Thanks Mel for sharing your gorgeous DIY Moss letters! So looking forward to seeing them “in use”! Mel is sharing another of her lovely DIY projects this afternoon, so check back soon!

Beautiful DIY Projects

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Polka Dot Bride

Originally posted on Polka Dot Bride 2nd February 2010

One of the biggest myths around weddings is that DIY is cheaper – it isn’t. It can be more stressful, take up oodles of time and resources. But it can also be incredibly fun, a chance to personalise something and a chance to get really creative. If you just want something fun, there are stacks of down-loadable freebies created by amazingly talented designers available around the blog world.

This week is lacking pretty pictures, because when talking dollars, they don’t tend to come out. So here’s a little light relief, a little beauty and hopefully a little inspiration of some of my favourite recent DIY projects around the web.

paper flower garden

Recycled Paper Flowers from Maya Made


Printable Wedding Fans from Color Me Inspired


DIY Lighted Paper Pennant Garland from Once Wed


DIY Fortune Cookies from Benign Objects


Vintage Hankies Save The Dates from The Wedding Chicks


DIY Moss Letter from Ruffled


DIY ‘La Dolce Vita’ Party Candy Cup with Carry Handle from Eat, Drink, Chic


Hot Cocoa Vials From The Inspired Bride


DIY Cupcake Liner Garland from 100 Layer Cake

What are your favourites? Do you have any to share?

Originally posted on Polka Dot Bride January 28th 2010


One of the things I love most as a blogger is interacting with brides and hearing about your projects and plans. (clearly so much, that this post may have popped up a little earlier than we meant it to!)

We’ll be featuring Yolanda and Ben’s gorgeous wedding on Polka Dot Bride soon (remember their stunning engagement photos?), but first, I wanted to share with you their gorgeous DIY projects they they created for their wedding day.

Above Yolanda’s work desk sits a canvas of two birds and trees, created by friend Daniel Yegorov of Design Collision , it was an engagement gift and used on the couple’s engagement party invitations.



Yolanda and Ben were inspired by a Hallmark card they received for their engagement. They adapted the idea of a red heart with a dictionary style definition of love and designed the invitations themselves (with the help of good friend Daniel Yegorov of Design Collision. They were printed and then cut by Yolanda using a paper trimmer and corner punk. Each envelope was printed with a bird from a stamp Yolanda found on Stamp-It.







Printed lolly bags from Poppies For Grace








Yolanda found the idea to use matchboxes as wedding favors on a wedding site. She designed them herself using “Perfect Pair” stickers from Prior Engagement and covering the boxes in paper from Fiskars.




Thank you to Yolanda for sharing your gorgeous DIY invitations with us here on Polka Dot Bride! Please do email your DIY projects to mspolka (at) polkadotbride (dot) com We’d love to see what you’ve come up with!