I’d always planned on using marquee letters at my wedding. A few months ago I’d picked up some miniature wooden letters with the view to drilling the holes myself, filling them with some fairy lights and finishing them off with a bit of paint. That was until I discovered Marquee Love by Heidi Swapp, and it made my life a whole lot simpler. These white cardboard letters come with the holes already drilled, the LED lights already supplied and all I have to do is decorate them to my heart’s content. The letters come with a template that can be used to trace and cut out different card and paper in the specific shape to fit, and this will be perfect for after the wedding when I want to use the letters in my house and can use paper more suited to the room’s colour scheme. For now I have chosen to decorate them using shimmer paint to fit with the pink, lilac and baby blue theme. Here’s how I got on.
Heidi Swapp Marquee Love Lettering set
Thin white cardboard
Plate for the paint
Start by drawing around the shape template provided in the set of your chosen letter/number/shape on to thin white card, and cut it out.
Paint the shape in your chosen colour.
Once dry, push the clear bulb caps provided through the holes in your cardboard cut-out, then place the cut-out into your shape and push the bulb caps through the holes in the letter/number/shape.
Next, turn your shape over and thread the lights as instructed in your set.
I’ve taken a leaf out of Lucy’s book and started making my own natural confetti ready for my wedding using dried flower petals. It’s an easy way to provide your guests with a pretty alternative to the artificial stuff that some venues are no longer allowing you to use. The throwing of confetti can be a brilliant photo opportunity so it’s a tradition I definitely want to include in my big day, and it should be a fairly cheap idea as I’m making it out of flowers I would have bought anyway, so it’s a great way to recycle. The making of the confetti is a fairly simple process, it’s just a case of gently pulling the petals off the centre, and drying them out in a warm place, such as a conservatory, so the DIY I’m posting about is the cones that will hold it. It’s a super simple idea that will your guests will appreciate, especially if they’ve forgotten to bring their own confetti to throw.
Thick decorative paper
Confetti to fill
From your piece of paper create equal size rectangles so that your cones will all be a similar size and shape. Mine measured approximately 20cm by 30cm, and I was able to create 8.
Fold the rectangle so that the two shortest sides meet, but only create a small 1cm crease at the bottom.
Add a length of double-sided tape along the bottom right of the rectangle, from the crease to the right edge. Remove the backing of the tape to expose the sticky side.
Using the crease as the bottom tip of the cone, roll the rectangle from the left, lightly pressing down as the double-sided tape sticks to the cone. Once rolled into the cone shape, carefully press down the sticky-taped edge.
Add your confetti, using as little or as much as needed.
This is such a simple DIY, but is still sure to be treasured by the recipient, as it’ll contain their treasured memories packaged up in the prettiest way. I love receiving photo gifts and I also love giving them to others, so this crafty DIY is right up my street. I printed these images using Polagram, which I reviewed here, just to give you an idea about the quality of these prints I’m using. Here you go on the simple steps.
Fill your box with the shredded paper, enough so that the prints sit will sit nicely on top.
Decorate the lid of your box with lots of nice pretty things. I used gold detail washi tape, some gold glitter dots and some gold sticky letters. All were a couple of pound and were things I had around the house in my craft box.
Pop your prints inside, close the box up and hand to the recipient.
I recently purchased some mason jars that I plan to use as centerpieces on the tables at my wedding next year, and as the jars came in packs of 4 or 6, I bought 12 of each size. As we will not be having that many tables, I have found myself with a few jars left-over so it got me thinking about what I might do with the spares, as I would hate for them to go to waste. I quickly discovered there is a huge amount of DIY ideas on Pinterest that would make great use of the jars, so I’ve posted a few of my favourites below. I just have to decide whether I want to use them as gifts or keep them for myself!