DIY Bauble Garland - The finished product!

Image by Stephanie at Stelloberry Designs

These garlands are a beautiful and simple way to decorate your wedding venue. They also provide a way for you to incorporate the colours of your wedding into your venue decorations. They don’t take long to make, and the visual impact is well worth the effort. Materials:

  • Good quality patterned paper (scrapbook paper works well)
  • Split pins (also known as brads)
  • String (strong cotton or beading thread)
  • Cutting mat
  • Craft knife
  • Scissors

Step 1 Using your cutting mat and craft knife, cut your patterned paper into 9 strips each measuring 1.5cm x 10cm

DIY Bauble Garland Step 1

Image courtesy of Pictura Studio

Step 2 Stack the strips on top of one another and fasten together at each end with a split pin. Then fan strips out in the middle to create a bauble.

Bauble Garland Step 2

Image courtesy of Pictura Studio

Step 3 Make around 8-10 baubles. Attach each of the baubles to a long piece of string by tying the string around the head of the split pin in each bauble. The number of baubles and the length of string you use will determine how long your garland will be.

DIY Bauble Garland Step 3

Image courtesy of Pictura Studio

Step 4 Hang your garland in the perfect spot to add that whimsical touch to your wedding!

Image by Stephanie at Stelloberry Designs


  • Once your wedding is over, you can re-use these garlands for decorating your home or at your next party.
  • Experiment with different patterned and coloured papers for interesting effects.

Ms Gingham says: This is much easier than I thought it would be. The garland would suit a variety of uses … just change the paper to suit the mood. Thank you goes to Stephanie from Stelloberry Designs for sharing this with us! About Stephanie: “Hi, I’m Stephanie from Stelloberry Designs. I own a Sydney-based stationery boutique that specialises in designing and handcrafting invitations for special events. I love paper, pretty bits and pieces, and innovative design. I hope you’ll come and visit me at my website – I’d love to see you there!”

cocktail party 7

Have we got any bridesmaids lurking on Polka Dot Bride? I thought so. This one’s for you.

Today’s post is a step-by-step guide to throwing a gorgeous cocktail-themed hen’s night for your bestie. This is a hen’s party with class though, no male genital shaped straws here.

The invitations

It’s a special occasion so forget the Facebook invitation and go for a proper announcement. I designed this glam foiled invitation with just this kind of celebration in mind.

The veil

Pink & black veil

Every hen needs something special to identify her as the guest of honour. Try this bold birdcage veil for a twist on the traditional.

Atypical Type A - Pink & black veil materials

You will need:

  • Coloured netting
  • Hair slide comb
  • Scissors
  • Nylon thread
  • Needle
  • Embellishments such as beads and feathers

Atypical Type A - Pink & black veil tutorial 1

1. Bunch up one side of the netting and sew onto the comb.

2. Sew on the feathers.

Atypical Type A - Pink & black veil tutorial 2

3 & 4. Sew on the beads or other embellishments of your choice.

The decorations

Dress up the room with these cheap-but-effective garlands.

How to make pink metallic garland: Take a packet of metallic crepe paper (available from newsagents) and cut along the folds into wide strips. Take a strip and cut 3/4 of the way through the side; turn around and do the same on the other side. Repeat for the full length of the strip. Pull one end out to untwist into a zig-zagged garland. Blu-tack onto ceiling.

How to make silver circle garland: Take a sheet of silver metallic cardboard (available from Officeworks and some newsagents) and trace circles onto the back using round household objects such as cups or lids. Cut out circles. Punch a small hole at the top and bottom of each circle. Tie circles together using thread; repeat until you have garlands of desired length. Hang from curtain rod.

The game

What hen’s party is complete without an icebreaker game or two? Think of a dozen classic cocktails and find out their ingredients ahead of time. At the party, hand out answer sheets and pens to guests and have the girls identify each cocktail based on the ingredients that you read out.

Download the free game sheets Akimbo Martini cocktail game.

The favours

Martini rim sugar label

Cocktail rimming sugar is the perfect favour or prize for a cocktail hen’s party.

Make your own by mixing sugar with your choice of colouring and flavouring. Put it in round CD tins topped with this free label.


Ms Gingham says: We are big fans of cocktails here at Polka Dot Bride. Some very nice ideas to celebrate a hen’s night or to get the night started! Just one question … if we name the cocktail correctly do we get to drink it as a reward? Yum!

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.

Visit Alicia’s blog where she writes about all things creative and cute ATypical Type A

Engagement Cork Shadowbox

by | DIY Tutorials, Made


Cinderella at Brindabella

The ring has been slipped onto the finger, all of your family and friends have been notified and the champagne has popped. The few days, weeks or even months after getting engaged can be a bubble of love, adoration, excitement and just plain living on cloud nine.

Remembering this time is important – it’s a special time in your lives, momentous and worth savouring every detail. A very quick and beautiful way to pay homage to your engagement or proposal story is to save the cork from that bottle of champagne and display it in a plain shadow box with a favourite fabric as the background.

You will need the following:

– 5 x 5 inch raw pine shadowbox frame (I got mine from Bunnings but you can also get them from craft supply stores)

– paint

– paintbrush

– small nail or tack

– fabric (I chose a rustic burlap but you could use a vibrant print or solid colour to suit your wedding theme or home decor)

– scissors

– staple gun

– hammer

– your cork!

DIY cork shadowbox 1

Step 1 Measure and mark with a dot or ‘x’ the centre of your shadowbox frame’s backing board. This will be your guide for where your nail or tack will go later to hold the cork in place.

Step 2 Cut the fabric to suit your shadowbox frame’s backing board. I cut mine with about a 1 inch overlap at each side. Using your staple gun attach the fabric to the back of the backing board, tucking and folding the edges to make neat corners.

DIY cork shadowbox 2

Step 3 Using the mark you made earlier in the centre of your backing board, hammer through your small nail or tack from back to front of the backing board. You should now have your shadowbox backing board covered in fabric with a small spike in the centre to attach the cork.

DIY cork shadowbox 3

Step 4 Gently push the cork onto the nail and adjust to get the best angle, using a nail pushed through from the back will create the illusion that your cork is ‘floating’ in your shadowbox frame. This method (rather than glueing) also means you can easily remove the cork if you should ever want to display it another way, the cork will have just a tiny hole from the nail.

DIY cork shadowbox

DIY cork shadowbox 4

Step 5 Paint your shadowbox frame a colour which will compliment your fabric choice. I chose a simple white as our wedding theme and colours are all white with rustic touches like burlap, twine, kraft paper and wood. I also chose white as I’d like to eventually display the cork shadowbox in a little white frame gallery of our’s and our loved one’s weddings in our hallway. Using all the same colour but different style frames is a great way to link them all together.

DIY cork shadowbox 5

All done After you’ve given your shadowbox frame a few coats of paint you are ready to pop the backing board, with cork attached, back into place. A simple, yet effective, way of displaying an otherwise discarded piece of your history!

DIY cork shadowbox 6

You could also add other items to the shadow box likes leaves, river pebbles, dried flowers you may have gotten from your fiance, special momentos that have meaning to you both or a gift you got instead of an engagement ring. Other options for the background could be printed scrapbooking paper, photocopied text from a favourite romantic book, sheet music from your favourite song or a vintage map from a special place, which could be glued on to the backing board.

Photos by Emma Durkin Photographics



Ms Gingham says: “We are so excited to be following Emma on her wedding journey and what better way to start than the popping of a champagne cork! This is an easy project to complete and would look fantastic in amidst other wedding memories. Stay tuned for more of Emma’s fantastic wedding planning stories!”

Emma says: I am a 24 year old country girl who lives on a sheep and potato farm in the beautiful green Gippsland hills, Victoria. My hubby-to-be and I are high school sweet hearts and are planning an early summer 2011 wedding on our farm, full of rustic elegant touches, hay bales, lace, kraft paper and logistical nightmares of having a marquee wedding in the middle of a paddock! I share all our adventures on my blog Cinderella at Brindabella.