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Free Printable DIY Advent Calendar

So I just checked my calendar and it’s DECEMBER TOMORROW!!! How has that happened?! If you, like me, are also terrible at reading a calendar and have completely forgotten to get an advent calendar, don’t worry I’ve got you covered! This free printable DIY advent calendar is so easy to make and is perfect for giving a loved one to brighten their days in the run up to Christmas.

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DIY Love Filled Baubles

These DIY love filled baubles could not be easier to make! You can fill them with whatever you like which makes the possibilities pretty much infinite. I’ve filled mine with pom poms, feathers and love hearts. If you can’t face making them you can also buy them in my shop.

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8 Essential Wedding Cake Tips for the DIY Bride

As Julia Childs once said, ‘A party without cake is just a meeting’ so what’s a wedding without a wedding cake?! When you start thinking about your wedding cake and contact suppliers for quotes the most common reaction is ‘How much?! For a cake?!’ If you don’t have a single baking bone in your body or have your heart set on the a certain designer then a price of £500+ can be justified but for the budget savvy bride, a DIY wedding cake can save you mega bucks if you’re willing to put in the time. There are lots of options for a DIY wedding cake ranging from buying budget cakes from COSTCO and glamming them up to making your entire cake from the hand carved topper to the red velvet bottom layer. What’s important is to go with the option that best suits your ability and time frame. Here I have shared some of my top tips I have learnt first hand from DIYing wedding cakes.

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Why we didn’t DIY our wedding photography

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Image – Jessica Raphael

If there is one thing the majority of wedding bloggers can agree on it’s a professional wedding photographer is worth their weight in gold. Wedding photographers might be expensive but, in my experience, you get what you pay for. Of course you have to consider budget, we’re not made of money, and sometimes just because a photographer is expensive doesn’t necessarily mean they are any good. However, to get the level of experience and expertise needed to take photos you will cherish forever you are looking at £1000 plus. For a lot of couples this is at least 10% of their wedding budget, if not more, so it can be tempting to DIY your photos instead. Here’s my 2 cents on why I think a professional is worth the investment.

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DIY Bunting Cake Topper

Washi tape is one of the most useful crafting materials you can get. My collection is insane and I still don’t think I have enough! I will be posting lots of ideas of how to use this wonder tape but for today let’s make a cake topper. I’ve already spoken about how much love I have for getting creative with your cake toppers so I won’t bore you with another rant. This cake topper could not be more simple to make and even DIY novices should be able to master this.

As with all DIY projects it is completely adaptable and such a cheap way of creating something truly bespoke for your wedding. For this post I have created a three tier cake topper but it is completely up to you how many tiers you want. One or a hundred – have a play and see what feels right.

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10 lessons learned from my DIY Wedding

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From the moment I got engaged I always knew I wanted a DIY wedding. For me it, a DIY wedding meant we could create a wedding completely personal to us. Doing it DIY though is no easy feat. There is so much I learnt along the way and some things I wish someone had told me when I started. Having said that, I’m so stubborn that I doubt I would have listened! But anyway, here goes…

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DIY Watercolour Wash Sign

I am in the middle of a love affair with watercolour washes. I absolutely love them. They’re so versatile and always add so much class and beauty to any project. Couple watercolours with typography and you’re always going to be on to a winner. I don’t know what it is about putting watercolour washes behind glass but something about it just makes me so happy. If you’re going for an ombre look or subtle colour scheme this DIY project is perfect! Here I cover the basics you need to create this sign. Once you know how you can write whatever you want and mix up the colours to suit your wedding.

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DIY Circle Garlands

Paper is by far one of the cheapest materials you can use to create decorations for your wedding. I saw so many circle garlands on Pinterest and immediately fell in love with them but refused to pay an average of £3 a meter. The process could not be simpler and is adaptable to any design you like. For our wedding we made about 3km of these bad boys and it was so easy even my husband could do it. The only tricky bit is preventing the garlands from tangling when storing them – I have never been more frustrated than when trying to untangle 5m of garland!

So let’s get to it….

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Our DIY Wedding

Consider this my DIY resume. I wanted to show you what qualifies me as a “DIY Bride” by sharing some of the details we DIYed for our wedding. There was no way I could possibly fit everything into one post so here’s the highlights. I will be posting tutorials for some of these very soon but if anyone has any questions feel free to ask!

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DIY Ribbon Wands

I am completely obsessed with ribbon. When I first saw ribbon wands on Pinterest as an alternative to confetti I instantly knew I HAD to have them at our wedding. I had a quick look online and they seemed simple enough to make so I just got the bits I thought I needed and had a play. This tutorial is the method I found worked best and quickest. As I have mentioned before, sometime’s it’s not cheaper to DIY something for your wedding. With these ribbon wands I found they worked out about the same price as buying them pre-made. However, by making them yourself, you can create something that is exactly how you want it. You can use ribbon, fabric, lace, string, bells, pom poms, sequins or whatever your heart desires! You can even paint the sticks or add flags or whatever takes your fancy. So get creative! Once you know how you’ll be surprised how easy (and fun!) they are to make.

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