Save The Shoe!

by | DIY Celebrations, Made


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Originally posted on Polka Dot Bride 14th April 2009

Lovely Polka Dot Bride reader Jaime shared the first DIY stationery project her and her fiance Ben have ever done together- their magnet save the dates!

Jaime shared with me the thoughts and process behind the photos of their creations!

“The decision to DIY our wedding stationery came naturally as we’re on a tight budget and both love the personalised touch. I’m a multimedia design graduate and thought I’d put some of what I learned in school to good use and what better time to do so than

for your own wedding? We initially thought we’d get right to the wedding invites but as most of our guests are overseas, a save-the-date would be perfect to help them with their travel itineraries and plans.

The magnet idea came about when I was looking for something that people won’t just open, read, and chuck aside only to be lost in piles and piles of clutter. I also grew up

in a kitchen with the family fridge covered by magnets from trips around the world. Some of them have been stuck there for years and hold a lot of memories so I thought it would be great if every time our guests were looking for food, they would see a reminder of our wedding right at “the door”.

Ben and I both love shoes and having recently won a shoe design competition, I was inspired to use that as a concept for the design. I took a photo of his and my shoe on my white Ikea bathroom mat on a rainy day.

The original idea was to take a picture of the shoes on lovely green grass seeing that our wedding will be in Spring this year. But the weather had been pretty gloomy and time was ticking so I played around with a few different backgrounds – my kitchen tiles, the carpet in my living room, and the Ikea bathmat that worked out real well in bringing out the colours of the text (our wedding colours).

I purchased the A4 adhesive magnet sheets from Print Magic Paper and also the non-toxic waterproof solution that would help protect the print especially if it was gonna be stuck on a fridge in the kitchen (you never know what goes flying in a food fight!). We printed the design on the white A4 sheets, applied the solution, stuck them onto the magnets and cut them up into individual sizes. We then made the pouches out of leftover DL envelopes I had bought years ago from Paperpoint, found in my stationery drawer, sliced into three, and stitched the sides on my sewing machine for a leather journal effect. The final touch was cutting circles of our monograms and sticking them on.

Our monogram is a very simple two tone design – J for Jaime, B for Ben, and surrounded by the letter P representing both our family names. Ben says the bottom two Ps look like a b and a J, and I never noticed it before! He didn’t think he’d be much help but it was definitely a team effort getting the magnets done.

We invested in a second hand archival inkjet printer that I got off Ebay about a year ago because I wanted to start working on making products for Etsy and it has been one of the best investments ever. Making our wedding stationery together by hand has been an absolute joy and a great way to spend time with each other leading up to the wedding. As we walk down the same path on this journey to the aisle, it’s kinda nice to look back and remember the days of sticking and cutting magnets together.”

Originally posted on Polka Dot Bride March 11, 2010


I love ribbon wands! They’re always such a fun touch at a wedding and I love how Mel made them her own! Here’s her tutorial for making your own ribbon wands!

What you need:
Dowel cut into 30cm lengths
Acrylic paint
Glue gun
24mm wide stain backed ribbon in 3 different colours (I used 27 metres of each colour for 65 wands)


What to do:


Cut your dowel into 30cm lengths and sand the edges, then paint the dowels or just leave them as is. I painted mine ivory using kaisercraft acrylic paint.


Cut the ribbon into 40cm lengths and using the glue gun, attach three colours together at one end.




Apply glue to the dowel and wrap the ribbons around and secure with more glue.



To finish, heat-seal the edges of the ribbon so they don’t fray. To do this, carefully wave the edge near a candle flame so that the heat of the flame slightly melts, but doesn’t burn the ribbon.



Flatten with your fingers if it curls up.

For a touch of glam, add a little rhinestone to the top of the wand.


We’ll have even more of Mel’s fantastic Australian DIY projects in a few weeks, but in the meantime you can find our brilliant DIY’er at The Crafty DIY Bride and Paper & Ribbons! Thank you for sharing your brilliant projects with us Mel!

Originally posted on Polka Dot Bride March 11, 2010


The lovely and talented Mel from The Crafty DIY Bride and Paper & Ribbons is back today with two more fantastic DIY projects she’s written herself. First up this morning is something that fits right into Mel’s quirky theme- her DIY Bird’s Nest Cake topper!

What you need:
Bird’s nest, or nest makings
Little birdies
Tiny paper flowers
A small piece of felt
PVA glue or glue gun
Dried moss

What to do:
Start by shaping the nest so that it is the right size for your cake and has enough space for your birdies to sit comfortably.


Start filling the nest with some dried moss and secure using PVA glue. Note: You can use a glue gun here, but I find the “glue strings” hard to avoid.


Once dried, sit your birdies in the nest. It’s up to you whether you glue them in or not.


Pretty the nest up with some tiny paper flowers and finish by gluing a piece of felt on the bottom of the nest to avoid sneaky bits of nest ending up on mum and dad’s piece of cake!

Mel will be back this afternoon with another of her DIY tutorials- this is one she tells me she’s already had requests for so I can’t wait to share it!