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Do you ever feel as though Instagram has opened up whole new worlds for you? I love being part of a tribe of wedding creatives, and following some amazing floral designers, seeing their beautiful creations and daily inspiration.

Wonderfully creative Wild Bunch flower workshops, image Lisa Webb Photography (31)

One of my favourite things is seeing craft workshops, and when I saw images from a recent class by Wild Bunch I was hooked. If there’s one thing I’d urge you to do while planning your wedding, it’s to attend a workshop and learn something creative and wonderful – anything! I asked lovely photographer Lisa Webb if I could share these images with you, and I was thrilled when she said yes. I hope they inspire and brighten your day as they have mine!

Wonderfully creative Wild Bunch flower workshops, image Lisa Webb Photography (25)

Images: Lisa Webb Photography | Words: Tammy, Wild Bunch

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For the glittery-fingered gals and guys amongst you, the event of the year is nearly here! Wedding shows are fine for sourcing suppliers but when it comes to wedding DIY and craft inspiration we all need something a little bit more… hands on. Join me and hundreds of other more talented people at this year’s Handmade Fair! Here’s lovely Kirstie to tell you more (oh! and spot the calligraphy workshops and a little bit of me!)

This year there will be a whole area for wedding DIY! I’ll be in the wedding tent at the UK’s best craft event, teaching 300 or so of you the basics of modern calligraphy. Plus there are so many wonderful shops to explore and discover – you’ll need a full day to get the most from the Handmade Fair this year.

The Handmade Fair 2015

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Hello beautiful 🙂 If you’ve been following June’s little series of wedding craft projects I have another treat for you today. These gorgeous little boxes with just a dash of DIY will look fabulous on wedding tables: use them as favours if you’re super crafty or have lots of help, or make them up to give little gifts to your best girls on the day… the choice is yours!

Gold leaf gift boxes for your English wedding

What you need:

  • Plain gift boxes
  • Paint
  • Gold leaf sheets
  • Gilding paste
  • Brushes
  • Washi tape
  • Sprigs of flowers

How it’s done:

1. You can either leave the boxes plain or paint them in a colour of your choosing. Paint the lid and leave to dry.

2. Apply gilding paste in a diagonal on one half of the top of your lids. Leave this to dry for 15 minutes.

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Morning lovelies! Are you feeling the pressure to get your craft on in the run up to your wedding? I have the perfect thing for you – Kirstie Allsopp’s three-day craft fair, the biggest in the UK by a mile, with tutorials and ideas from dozens of wonderfully talented people.

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Learn how to make paper poms and garlands with the fabulous PaperPoms!

The Handmade Fair is perfect for creative brides and grooms whether you’re looking for inspiration, help or supplies. You can learn how to make perfect tissue paper garlands, paper poms, streamers and more….

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Image credit http://howlingbasset.com/ from Claudia and Peter’s wedding

There are cake decorating lessons, or you could attend a demonstration of flower arranging with sought-after wedding florist Kitten Grayson.

I’ll even bring some calligraphy pens for you to play with, and we can practice writing names in my calligraphy skills workshop every day at 2pm. After the workshops I’ll be around to answer any wedding craft questions you might have, or share calligraphy tips for your place names and invitations!

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Most of the weddings I share on the blog have an element of DIY to them these days: invites, flowers, cakes or reception stationery being top choices for a bit of home made wedding crafting.

But equally, most of my lovely readers will buy some of these things from established wedding suppliers. And that’s fine! It makes perfect sense to balance your time so you’re not spending every weekend in the months before your wedding covered in glitter and glue.

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Marrianne and David’s gloriously colourful DIY wedding – image credit Steve Fuller Photography

Sometimes it seems as though wedding blogs focus on DIY a little too much, especially when it comes to invitations and stationery. Home made is fine, and if you know what you’re doing it can look great… but it’s not always as easy as it first seems.

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Hello everyone! I hope the weather is treating you kindly… for a moment there I thought February was going to be spring-like – but no. It’s freezing here! My crafting fingers are safely tucked away in fingerless gloves so it’s lucky I have Katie from Artyard Handmade to bring you a bit of genius wedding DIY on the blog today – and I know you’ll love her guest post. Glue and scissors at the ready everyone (or bookmark the page for later!) Enjoy. Claire xxx

wedding place card craft ideas by Artyard

Wedding place card craft ideas by Artyard

Wedding place cards with a handmade touch

Anything handmade takes time. That’s part of the charm. When it comes time to do the place cards for your reception, using plain place cards is an easy way to set the table but if you’re after something special with a handmade touch get your girlfriends together for an evening of crafting. You’ll need scissors, glue and some pretty papers to match your theme or even just pages from old books. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

A Monday Makerie

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Inspired by Ribbons via Brides Cafe wedding blog
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I’ve seen so many bits of pretty wedding craft online this week I have to write a Monday Makerie for you to enjoy.

The Monday Makerie is all about making things for your wedding – I share my best finds from the internet of things you can make for your wedding, or things other people have made that you can buy!

Cardstock flower tutorial by Christie Bryant

Cardstock flower tutorial by Christie Bryant

Pretty paper flowers tutorial – cute, curvy and easier than you’d think! From Pretty Paper Book

Colourful books from Made With Love stationery blog

Colourful books from Made With Love stationery blog

Colourful books for all your wedding plans via Made With Love blog talk about a pretty filing system – you could have one for guests, one for diy projects, one for venue research, one for things to remember, one as a little diary…

Sweetie bar idea via All Things DIY Bride

Sweetie bar idea via All Things DIY Bride

What could possibly be more fun to make than a sweetie buffet for your wedding reception? Finding jars and decorating them, sourcing pretty sweets (and eating them), making labels, stamping and colouring them… bliss! from All Things DIY Bride

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This week’s Monday Makerie is dedicated to I Am Staggered. Hello fellas!

This week I want to share ideas for all of you creatively minded brides- and grooms-to-be. Whether you want to make your own wedding crafty bits or buy handmade treats for your wedding, you’ll find something to inspire you here!

Table decorations, wedding favours, or just something to make on a dull Monday: Moroccan inspired mini lanterns from Design Sponge

Aren’t they gorgeous? There’s a full how-to blog post over at Design Sponge, and they’re easy to make from sauce or jam jars – it’s just glass paint on the inside and gold paint on the outside (the stuff you get in a little tube that’s quite chunky).

How about some air plant wedding favours to decorate your offices? I found these on the Project Wedding Blog, they’re by Mary Swenson and they’re just mad enough to be gorgeous!

Our very own Star Bride Sally blogged a little how-to feature for origami fortune teller wedding favours. These are so much fun… I followed her instructions and made one in minutes.