Hi! I’m Mel.

Today I’m sharing with you the flowergirl basket I made for my recent wedding. It’s super easy, and perfect for those of you who are having a rustic or country-themed wedding.

Here’s what you need:

  • Basket (I found mine at the op [goodwill] shop for $2)
  • Glue gun
  • Dried moss
  • Ribbon
  • Rose petals (fresh or dried)

DIY project - Flowergirl Basket

DIY project - Flowergirl Basket

When choosing your basket, take into account how small your flower princess is. She might not be able to carry a big heavy one. A small wicker one without a metal frame would be a better way to go.

First, heat up your glue gun and start sticking small sections of moss onto the outer and inner rim of the basket. Make sure you only do small sections at a time so that the moss has the best chance of sticking. As you add moss, push it into the glue.

Once dry, lightly rub your hand over the rim to release any loose moss and touch up sections where the moss didn’t stick.

DIY project - Flowergirl Basket

Finish the basket by adding bows to the sides. You can stop ribbon from fraying by lightly running the edge near a candle flame so that it melts slightly.

DIY project - Flowergirl Basket

DIY project - Flowergirl Basket

Then, fill with rose petals and it’s ready to go!

DIY Flowergirl Basket - the finished product

Photograph by Darin Collison

Ms Polka Dot says: Remember Mel who made the ribbon wands here and bird’s nest cake topper here? We welcome her back with this simple and utterly gorgeous flowergirl basket. So pretty and just perfect for your little person as part of a spring or summer wedding!

You can check out Mel’s gorgeous wedding here.

Mel says: I’m a crazy scientist by day, crafter/blogger by night. I love pastel colours, things that sparkle and anything rustic/country. I am the designer behind Paper and Ribbons, a store packed with vintage style jewellery for weddings and everyday and write The Crafty DiY Bride, a blog full of inspiration and projects for DiY brides. Favourite cocktail? A lychee martini!

All photographs taken by Mel herself except the credited photograph by Darin Collison.

I was recently asked by Pronovias via Brides if I would like to create a DIY project for their readers! You can check out my button cookie favor and box tutorial here.

Akimbo - Mortlock 1

To add an extra little surprise to my Victorian library theme wedding invitations, I made some envelope liners from old book pages. Here are the step-by-step instructions:


You will need:

  • envelopes
  • old book pages
  • piece of card
  • pencil
  • ruler
  • cutting mat
  • scalpel
  • glue roller

1. Open your envelope flat and trace around it with a pencil onto card.

2. Measure and mark out another line 1cm inside the first one. Cut out.

3. Trace around your template on the book pages.

4. Cut out as many liners as required.

5. Roll glue around inner edge of liner. Slip inside envelope, 1cm from edge. Press down firmly. (Note: The glue roller ripped the fragile old paper I was working with. It is ideal for use on thick, new paper but I would recommend using a glue stick, double-sided tape or spray adhesive if you are using delicate paper.)

I won’t lie, this was quite time consuming! But if you’re after a budget-friendly addition to your envelopes, DIY liners could be for you.

Ms Polka Dot says: Here we welcome back again, the talented Alicia from Akimbo with a simple but effective project to make. It just shows that a little extra effort will make any envelope a pleasure to open!

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.