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DIY Vintage Wedding – Place Cards

Hello again!

I have another DIY project for you!

How CUTE are these place cards!!  They were in keeping with our vintage theme but also tied in the personal touch of the park bench. They were really cute and I loved that I could bring a part of our story into the detail of the day. They were a little fiddly but were so worth it.

I will list each item you will need (for 80 place cards) along with the listing for where I found them and other places to find similar items if you’re not local to Perth. First here’s what we will be wording towards:



  • 100 Brown kraft place cards (get extras for mistakes) The Etsy Listing or Cute Amazon Options
  • A roll of twine which you can find at your local hardware, newsagency or at Amazon
  • 80 park bench charms, unfortunately the Etsy shop I used has closed but these are very cute at Amazon, look around for charms that match your theme. Get say 10 extra if you feel you might need back ups for craft mistakes.
  • Very mild strength clear craft glue Link to purchase
  • Embossing label maker (think old school!) my exact one pictured was from our local awesome store Studio Bomba so if you’re in Perth definitely check these guys out. Otherwise there is an exact one here and a more ergonomically designed one on Amazon
  • Tape – the label makers do come with one roll of tape but you will need more. Amazon UK
  • Fiskar round circle punch (to make hole for twine & charm) find here at Amazon, check the size first!

One big mistake I made was gluing the label to the place card. The sticky on the tape was not strong enough to adhere to the place card, so I glued the entire label and then stuck it on. Unfortunately the glue sunk into the embossing and ruined it. So what I did to fix that was to glue small dots on either side of the name with some craft glue. When you’re punching the names out keep this in mind and leave space either side of the name.

Once again set up a little production line, get friends and family to help you if possible or dive into the project yourself, put on some good TV have a cup of tea (or glass of wine!!) and get crafty!

  1. Punch the card in the top left hand corner
  2. Feed the twine through the hole (long enough to tie into a bow)
  3. Feed the charm onto the twine
  4. Tie into a bow
  5. Punch all your names out on the label maker
  6. Peel the backing off the label, dot some glue either side of the name and place onto the card holding down the ends where the glue is.
  7. Sort place card names by table and organise into glad sandwich bags. I wrote in permanent marker on each bag what table number they belonged too and boxed ready to hand over to our Reception organiser. They kindly placed our cards out for us. If you need to do it yourself bagging these up per table will save you a lot of time.

I hope you enjoyed this post, please feel free to ask any questions in the comments section.

My next post will be table numbers!

N x


DIY Vintage Wedding – Cupcake favours / Gifts

Hello again,

I hope you all liked my first crafty type post. I really enjoyed putting it together. This one is pretty simple, once you have all your supplies its just a matter of setting up a production line and you’re good to go! Its great to have your Fiancé or Bridesmaids help out with this project too!

I doubled up our cake and favours for our guests, it was a great way to save money but still add a personal touch. My Husband and I had a small cutting cake for the traditional cutting of the cake and then the 80+ cupcakes were boxed up nicely and placed at the exit for people to take as they left.


The supplies you will need (and where you can find them) for 80 complete boxes are as follows:



  • Make sure you set yourself up on a firm surface like a dining table to do the stamping
  • Ensure the craft glue you purchase isn’t too strong for paper, start light with the glue and ensure your stamps have completely dried before going ahead with the gluing
  • The cupcake boxes will more than likely be delivered to you flat packed, I assembled all of mine before starting the rest of the project
  • Allow materials to do some testers and for any mistakes you might make along they way, we all do! 🙂

I loved how personalised these were and the vintage feel of the presentation. You could use any theme and again this project would be great for a baby shower or party of any kind!

Enjoy, please ask any questions you might have in the comments section.

N x

A Handmade {Vintage} Wedding – DIY Favours / Gifts

Hi all,

Welcome to my first DIY wedding project.

Firstly let me preface these projects with a little disclaimer. Handmade is a lovely romantic idea, the process of hand crafting items for your big day can be wonderful and very fulfilling. However, it is very time consuming, involves at least one guaranteed realisation of “gee, that didn’t work out how I thought it would”. And the obligatory “Ohh shi*! I need more {insert craft item here}” moments.

All that aside I was so proud of my creations and ideas, seeing it come together on the day was wonderful. And hopefully these tutorials will help! Pictures are below to give you a clear idea of the materials required and what the finished product looked like. This project would be great for baby showers too!

If you are budget conscious you can do some research on how much the combined materials will cost you and the divide the total by the number of items you are making. To find a per gift total you can compare with other kinds of gifts and items that are around. There’s plenty of wedding favours on Etsy and other websites. The good news is this project turned out to be the easiest and cheapest of them all for me and I didn’t have to pay shipping!

There are some variables with this project, how much fabric and lollies you need will depend on the size of the jars you get, please keep this in mind.

What you will need to make 20 gifts:

* 1 roll of brown twine or string, mine was a box of 70 meters and have loads left over
* 1 metre of fabric – I used a vintage floral pattern, gingham would also be great!
* sweets of your choice – I bought 15 x 100 gram Jelly Belly packets (see pic) from Woolworths
* cute jars that will hold your sweets of choice, my jars held about 80 grams of the jelly beans Similar jars online

Once you have all your materials together and the glass jars have been washed you can cut your fabric up into 4 inch squares, the size will vary on the jars you have chosen. Fill each jar, tie the twine around the fabric at the top of the jar and repeat! So simple! As an added touch you can include tags with notes for each recipient, I did this for our bridal party.

If you have any questions you’re welcome to ask in the comments section. Happy crafting!

N x

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Craft & my heart.

Have you ever noticed how therapeutic crafting can be? Tinkering or concentrating on a hobby can be good work for an idle or weary mind. I personally find great enjoyment from craft, however, more importantly I find peace in the quiet of stitching. It’s as though with every pull of a needle and newly created stitch I am figuring life out.

With this love of craft combined with my photography I’ve decided to create a category on the blog called Gwen’s Corner. I will be posting tutorials on DIY crafts, craft photo shoots and of course musings on my current projects and what they are bringing to my heart. To start there will be a series on handmade wedding how to’s! All coming soon.

For now here’s a pic I took of one of my wedding flowers (taken the day after), my parents house was FULL of these beautiful blooms! It was so beautiful.

N x