Bunting

I love bunting and want lots of it inside the marquee at my wedding. Unfortunately, it’s really quite expensive. To save money, I thought I’d sew my own. It also meant that I could make the lengths the exact size that I needed.

To start with I found some directions. A blog post on Glorious Treats was the one I decided to go with. It was simple and it looked good.

At first I bought material at my local fabric store, but given the amount I wanted to make, it was going to get expensive quite quickly. Instead, I ended up buying second hand sheets, quilts, pillow cases and table clothes from my local Salvo. This was probably the best thing I did. They were ridiculously cheap, and gave me a whole lot of material to play with. Plus, it was a great way to recycle old stuff. About 90% of my bunting flags are made from second hand material.

I also had my mother-in-law to be, sisters and mum send me some material to include. I thought it was a nice little touch, as I plan to keep most of it.

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Above is a pic of two separate lengths of 15m. I still have a lot more to go, and should end up with about 120m. While it has taken quite some time, it has certainly saved me a whole lot of money. The most expensive part turned out to be the bias tape (at 97c per metre).

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DIY seed packets

Having been to a number of weddings, I’ve found a lot of the favours given are often things that never get used again, or dare I say it, thrown away. Taking that into consideration, we want to give our guests something they’ll actually use.

We considered giving small potted plants to the guests at our wedding. It would have been relatively easy to create ourselves, however we decided against this, as many guests will be coming from interstate. Not everyone loves plants as much as I do, so it would probably be a hassle for them to manage a potted plant in addition to their luggage on their flights home.

Instead we’ve decided to create seed packets and give them seeds.

I love raw/organic materials, so chose to use recycled paper. Unfortunately none of the stores where I live sell it, so I bought it online from BuyEcoGreen. I also bought five images from Can Stock Photo to use, though I only used three (see below).

Our names, the date of our wedding and the location are at the bottom of the seed packets, though I’ve photoshopped these out, so you’ll have to use your imagination.

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By making these myself, it has enabled me to personalise them. As we don’t know who will be attending at this point, we chose to add an individual quote to the back of each packet.

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I found a great Australian company online that sells seed packets – The Seed Collection. Their seeds are not chemically treated or genetically modified, and are not hybrids (this is important to me). They’re also the perfect size for my packets.  See below some lavender I bought from them earlier in the year.

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I’ve used craft glue to glue the packets together, and to finish them off, will add a cute little vintage style sticker to hold the top flap down. These were from an Australian Etsy store called LittleBillieBluebird.

DIY soy candles

I’m getting married at the end of next year, and love crafty stuff, so I’m making a lot of my own things to use on the day. I’ve chosen to go down the DIY path for a couple of different reasons. Firstly, because it’s fun, but also because there are certain things I’d like that I just can’t find anywhere, or they’re way overpriced. It also means I’m generally saving money. To kick off my first DIY post, I’ve decided to show the soy candles I’m making. If you’re trying to save money, these are probably not the way to go, as buying bulk tealight candles would be a whole lot cheaper. I chose soy wax because it burns cleaner than standard parafin wax, and generally burns for longer. I also made sure it contained no GMO material (unfortunately a lot of soy does these days). I chose to exclude colours and fragrances. The raw colour is really nice already, and once you start adding colours and fragrances it gets a lot tricker (if you want to do it properly). Plus, the fresh flowers on the day will already provide enough scents. The first step is to melt your wax. A lot of sites say to just stick it in the microwave until it melts. This is okay if you want okay candles. But if you want better than okay then you need to melt the wax at the right temperature (this varies depending on the wax you use). I bought my wax (and most of the other equipment I used) from Aussie Candle Supplies who advise what temperature each wax is best melted at. If doing it on the stove (as I did), you should do it in a double boiler so you don’t burn the wax. I melted mine in an aluminium pouring pot as you can see below. Soy - melting wax1 As with melting the wax at a certain temperature, the same applies with pouring it. If you pour it too hot or cold it might not set right, or it might not adhere to the glass (soy wax has a low melting temperature so it’s generally contained within glass). Soy - melting wax I chose to use small glass jars that I bought online. I would have prefered to use recycled jars, however in this instance I bought them. I bought the wicks (based on the type of wax I had) at a length suited to the size of the jars, with metal tabs at their base. This holds them in place when the wax is setting. You can also buy lengths of wick which you can trim yourself (I’ll be doing this at a later stage with other bigger jars that I already have). Soy - wicks When your wax is at the right pouring temperature, you simply pour it into each container. From what I’ve read, room temperature plays a part in how successfully they set and adhere to the glass. I’ve also been told to avoid putting them in the fridge to set. Soy - setting As they set they’ll slowly go cloudy (above), then the nice creamy colour below. Soy - drying I’ll be adding some twine around the top of each jar to finish them off. I’ve roughly done this in the below photo. Soy - finished1 So far, I’ve been testing two to see how long they burn for. Both have been used for over a total of eight hours, which is great. When in use, the wax completely melts to a liquid (given its low melt rate), then re-sets when the flame is blown out. Below are the details of where I bought each item. Aussie candle supplies – soy wax (GW 464) – cottonbraid wicks (ACS 3.0) – aluminium pouring pot – glass thermometer – plastic pouring pot Just Jars – 100ml round jar (no lid) They’re really quite easy to make, and lots of fun!