Alicia & Ryan aisle decor 2

Today I have a double tutorial for you… or perhaps since both items can be used two ways I should even say quadruple?

Alicia & Ryan aisle decor

At our ceremony I was looking for a non-traditional altarpiece (OK so there was technically no ‘altar’ but you know what I mean!) and wanted to add some texture and natural materials without using fresh flowers. I couldn’t find anything that fit the bill so, as with many of our decorations, I set about making them myself.

First up, here’s how I created the twig balls:

Atypical Type A - twig ball tutorial materials

You will need:

  • Grapevine balls
  • Moss wire
  • Dried or rubber flowers (I used dried orchids)
  • Wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Round-nosed pliers

I purchased these materials here but you can try craft shops, floristry wholesalers and eBay.

Atypical Type A - twig ball tutorial

1. Cut the wire into lengths approx 12cm. Curl one end around using the pliers and feed the straight end through the centre of the flower.

2. Repeat with remaining flowers.

3. Thread the moss wire randomly through the grapevine ball.

4. Twist the wired flowers onto the ball.

And for the potted branches…

Atypical Type A - altarpiece tutorial materials

You will need:

  • Pots
  • Branches (I collected mine from a local park after a storm)
  • Round cake decorating foam in various sizes
  • Plaster mix
  • Paint in a similar colour to the pot
  • Paintbrush
  • Small piece of cardboard (I used a cereal box) and duct tape
  • Moss

Atypical Type A - altarpiece tutorial materials

1. If your pot has a drainage hole, you will need to block it. Start by placing a piece of cardboard over the hole.

2. Seal the cardboard over the hole using duct tape.

Atypical Type A - altarpiece tutorial materials

3. Place the smallest foam circle in the base of the pot.

4. Continue with larger pieces of foam until it reaches about 15cm from the rim.

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5. Arrange the branches into the foam.

6. Fill the pot with prepared plaster and allow to set. Paint surface of plaster and allow to dry.

Finish by filling the top of the pot with moss wiring on flowers to the branches using method above.

Alicia & Ryan reception decor 2

This project certainly took a little time, but it was well worth the effort. Not only were we able to re-use them at the reception, I’ve since used them as party decorations and currently as my Christmas tree!

Alicia & Ryan reception decor

Wedding photos by Luke Simon Photography

Tutorial photos by Alicia Parsons

Ms Gingham says: I really, really love these tutorials! I’m imagining those twig balls with fairy lights strung through them too! Gorgeous!!!

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.

Get more fantastic DIY inspiration from Alicia here.

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Today I’m sharing with you some sweet little FREE printable tags for your bridal party. Click here to download your FREE printable tags …

So you have the tags sorted but what do you attach them to? There’s an abundance of different ideas out there from customised stamps, slippers and robes and customised hangers to name a few. Here are five of my favourites … just a little something to say thank you and make them feel super special!

1. Customised clutch

Image and clutch by Mademoiselle Bagatelle

2. Mongram Candles

3. Bridal party fan. These ones were custom designed by the Bride’s maid of honour who is a graphic designer.

Image via Heavenly Blooms, Photographer Erin Hearts Court

4. Bridal party survival kits. Fill them with all the essentials like tic tacs, band aids, lip gloss and don’t forget Panadol!


Image via 100 Layer Cake

5. Handmade customised flasks for groomsmen and bridesmaids. This is a really good one for the whole bridal party. You can customise colours to match your theme too.

Flasks and Images via Whimsy & Ink

Ms Gingham says: Which one to choose??? Mind you, some of these would make brilliant Christmas pressies too! At least we have some beautiful tags to attach so thanks to The Little Paper Pantry for the download.

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Atypical Type A - DIY boutonniere

Image by Luke Simon Photography

Today I’m excited to finally share the first of several projects from my own wedding! I had very few flowers at my wedding and my handsome groom’s lapel was no exception. Here’s how I created the fabric boutonniere for him …

You will need:

  • Wire
  • Fabric scraps
  • Thin satin ribbon
  • Button
  • Pliers or wire cutter
  • Craft glue
  • Sticky tape
  • Scissors
  • Pin

Atypical Type A - boutonniere tutorial

1. Cut leaf shapes out of fabric and cut wire at least twice the length of leaves.

2. Glue wire onto back of fabric (be careful not to use an excessive amount or it will show through some fabrics). Allow to dry.

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3. Meanwhile, feed a longer piece of wire through the buttonhole.

4. Loop wire around and twist back on itself to secure.

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5. Tape around the wires of the fabric leaves to secure together.

6. Repeat with wired button. Trim wires to desired length (try a third of the total length as a rough guide).

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7. Feed a length of ribbon through the buttonhole.

8. Wrap one end of the ribbon down the length of the wire, then back up again. Tie a knot with the other end of the ribon.

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9. Loop the ribbon through the buttonhole three times, tying a knot after each to secure.

10. Trim the excess ribbon. On the day, secure to lapel with a pin.

The options for this are endless. Try experimenting with different fabrics, ribbons and buttons, or even more quirky bits and pieces like typewriter keys. You’ll end up with something that suits your man’s style and best of all, he gets to keep it long after the day.

Tutorial photography Alicia Parsons

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Ms Gingham says: A nice touch for the groom. Thanks to Alicia for this fab tutorial.

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.

Read more fantastic DIY projects from Alicia here.