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Dyeing fabric to use as ribbon for your wedding adds such a sweet touch, I am as keen as mustard to show you how! Bind your invitations together with customised strips of linen or wrap small bunches of blooms for your guests, the options are limitless!

For a stable colour, there is no doubt using a store bought dye is an excellent option. However, if you’re looking for some variables and love a less uniform outcome, natural dyeing is the way to go. Have a look online for the best way to achieve the colour you’re after. For this gorgeous mustard, avocado pits and rose petals have been used. I am deeply suspicious the rose petals have had little effect with the pit doing all the hard work, but we shall never know for sure!

What You Will Need:

  • As many avocado pits as you can collect (this will affect the depth of colour). For this tutorial, one pit was used. You can also use the skins – ensure they are clean.
  • Petals! One bunch of pink roses was used for this tutorial. There is a huge array of items that can be used for natural dyeing, it’s worth experimenting!
  • A natural fabric – linen, cotton or silk work well. Ensure the fabric has been washed, and doesn’t have any fabric softener on it
  • A large, heavy based saucepan
  • Water, tongs, a hotplate

Step 1. Gently remove the petals from the rose heads. Roughly tear the petals as you place them into the saucepan, and pop the avocado pit (and skins) in too. Cut or tear the fabric into strips.

Step 2. Once all of the petals and pits are in the saucepan, fill the pan with water, and bring to the boil. When the water is boiling, reduce it to a simmer and, with the lid on, allow it to simmer for up to 4 hours (longer still, if you have the time!).

Step 3. Remove the pan from the heat, and allow it to cool. Strain the liquid, discarding all the petals and pits. Return the liquid to the pan. Pop in the fabric strips, mixing them thoroughly in the dye mix. Bring the mix to the boil once again. Once it has reached a boil, turn the heat back down to a simmer, and leave it for another 2 hours (or longer again, if you have time).

Step 4. Remove the pan from heat, and leave the fabric in the pan, letting it cool. Once it has completely cooled, remove the fabric and hang to dry. When the strips are dry, you can use them for all manner of beautiful wedding DIY items! Wrapping invitations, tying guest favours or for bouquets of freshly cut flowers, naturally dyed linen ribbons add a gorgeously rustic touch to your styling.

Ms Zebra Says: What a fun way to experiment with natural dye! Well done Ms Honeycomb on another fab tutorial! Love it.

About Ms Honeycomb: My heart and home in Scotland and Australia, I am a florist, flower lover, writer, baker, stylist and sew-er of lovely things, with my darling toddler forever keeping me on my toes!

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It was a tough gig finding cocktails that honoured all things Invitation Issue this month, but we think we nailed it with today’s offering.

The Paper Plane Cocktail is somewhat of a classic – well, a modern classic at least, imagined and created by Australian born, Milk & Honey bartender Sam Ross while listening to you guessed it “Paper Planes” by M.I.A.

It’s got a beautiful fresh flavour, with that delicious kick of bourbon and depth of Aperol and Amaro. This one is for the most sophisticated of celebrations, and we’re big fans!

Ingredients

  • 20mL Bourbon
  • 20mL Amaro Nonino Quintessentia
  • 20mL Aperol
  • 20mL Lemon Juice
  • Lemon peel for a lemon twist
  • Ice

Method

  1. Add Aperol, Amaro, bourbon and lemon juice to a cocktail shaker.
  2. Fill shaker with ice and shake well until cocktail is chilled.
  3. Strain into cocktail glasses
  4. Garnish with a lemon twist (or our favourite, a tiny paper plane).

Photography by Jacinta Moore

Looking for a sweet (and easy!) DIY project that will leave a big impression on your wedding guests We’ve seen acrylic cake toppers, drink stirrers and backdrop displays – but how about a little something more personalised for your family and friends? An acrylic coaster with your wedding guest’s name on it, that doubles as a place card and a party favour they can take home long after the confetti has settled and they’ve taken off their dancing shoes. It’s a double win for you!

So, if you’re looking to add a personal touch to your wedding stationery, here’s how to create your own DIY acrylic coasters and menus… and all it takes is 10 minutes of your time!

You will need:

  • Perspex sheets (we got ours from Foote and Flame)
  • Printed written menu and names in your chosen font
  • Fine paint marker (black or white ink)
  • Dried petals / confetti / glitter

Step by step:

1. Grab your printed sheet, and place it exactly where you want the words to go on the acrylic coaster

2. Trace the words through the acrylic coaster

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for the acrylic menu

Final Step

Now, style the tables and put your personalised artwork on show! Et voila – you’re done! (See, we told you there was nothing to it!)

TIP: You can place dried flowers under the acrylic coaster for a little extra wow factor! But feel free to incorporate confetti, gold leaves or anything else to make your DIY work of art pop!

Photography by Jacinta Moore

Ms Zebra Says: I LOVE this idea! What a cool feature on your tablescape and something guests can take home and use! Thank you Lenzo for sharing this wonderful DIY wedding coaster!

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