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DIY Plaster Flower Tealight Holder

DIY Plaster Flower Tealight Holder

Stuck for a stylish but super cheap table decorating idea this Christmas? Look no further than the fake flower aisle at your local $2 dollar shop. Say what, you say? Fake flowers are usually on our no-go zone, but if you happen to have a bunch to hand, or want to create a gorgeous romantic inspired table setting on the cheap, then this is the DIY for you. We can imagine one per person scattered down the table with tendrils of ivy or greenery intertwined for an enchanting evening setting. This DIY is so inexpensive and highly effective, but also very messy! You are best to work over some plastic or newspapers and on the benchtop near the sink. Be warned, but it’s totally worth it!

You’ll need:

-       Fake flower head, preferably a light colour – we used a peach rose

-       Pottery Plaster

-       Tealights – you’ll need 2 per flower tealight

-       Cup or bowl you can mix your plaster in. We used a disposable cup for the first layer and a plastic takeout container for the second as it needs to be wider that the first. You’ll see!

-       Washi tape

-       Peg

-       Disposable spoon or ice cream stick for mixing

-       Water

-       Optional, peg and paintbrush


DIY Plaster tealight

Prep your flower by removing the green stem flower base and taking out the plastic inserts that might be in there to prop the petals up in place. Pop the plastic green base back on, but you might find your flower might be a little floppy now.

Pop one of the tealights out of the silver base and remove the wick, but pop the tealight back into it’s silver casing.

Mix some pottery plaster up in a cup, a thicker consistency than usual is required for the first layer. Per flower we used ¼ cup water to ½ cup plaster.

Pop your flower into the plaster mixture, completely submerging it in the plaster until it’s covered.

Take it out so it can set. At this point, you can pop a peg around the base to support it, or push it into the wax tealight where the wick was. Some of the petals may clump together, so have a play with them and unfurl them out, making sure there is space at the top for the tealight to sit in comfortably. This is the messy bit and it can start to get a little claggy, so move fast, but don’t stress – you’ll be applying another layer of plaster, just make sure you’re happy with the shape of the flower.

Leave to set. When dry, mix another batch of plaster, this time a bit runnier, similar to clay slip. Try ¼ plaster to ¼ water per flower. Again, dip the tealight flower back in – this is why you’ll need a bigger container as the flower is generally bigger and now solid and stiff!

Alternatively, you can try painting additional plaster over each petal, smoothing it out and covering any exposed petal or colour coming through.

Leave to set again using the peg or pushing into the tealight as before.

Once dry, as an additional touch, wrap the tealight in washi tape to it looks more like a base and less like a tealight.

Pop the second tealight in the top and set the table – you’re ready to go!


FREE downloadable watermelon bunting!

FREE downloadable watermelon bunting!

Hello September! It’s been a long, cold  winter down under – so we’re super excited that spring has sprung and summer is all but a few months away. To celebrate what will bea summer of parties, fiestas, weddings and birthdays, we’ve created this super cute watermelon bunting! Simply print on a standard colour printer, fold the flap over some twin and HEY PRESTO, you are ready to party. Perfect for bbq’s to garden parties, nothing says summer sun than wedges of juicy watermelon. photoEnjoy! x

FREE Printable Watermelon Bunting



Fairy Crown DIY!

We recently helped the lovely Lucy from Little Letter Lights Co. decorate her beautiful daughter Willow’s Third birthday party.

The theme was Fairy so to make the day extra special we made some wands and crowns!



- Glitter Cupcake Wrappers

- Packet of Plastic Crystals

- Feathers of your choice. (I have used a Marabou Tuft & Spike Feather)

- Elastic string

- Hole punch

- Hot Glue Gun


 A fun way to fill a crafternoon or a great activity to get the kids involved in on the day! Either way this DIY really is so simple it’s stupid, and how adorable. The kids will love it!

STEP 1. Secure each end of the Cupcake holder together to create the base of the Crown.

STEP 2. Using the hole punch put two holes directly on opposite sides of the crown.

STEP 3. Using a hot glue gun I secured  feather and diamante to the outside of the crown (glitter side).

Step 5. To finish, thread the elastic string through both holes and tie off, making sure you leave enough to place under the children’s chins.


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Party Photos by Natalie Jane (@peachesanddreams)

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The fairy wands are very straight forward. I used pink paint, glitter glue and the Love Heart Doilies available online now!

Hope this inspires you to get creative for your next function XX


D.I.Y Himmeli Ornament Mobile

D.I.Y Himmeli Ornament Mobile


- Paper straws (an even 6 for each object)

- Yarn

- Scissors

Be creative! mix and match the prints of your straws or pick a colour scheme.

I have gone for classic Monochrome.


STEP 1. Cut 6 even paper straws. I went straight in half

but it all depends how big you want your mobile to be.


STEP 2. Cut yourself off an arms length of Yarn (more if you’re straws are bigger) and

tie a knot in one end remembering to leave yourself some excess yarn to tie it off with later.

Now thread 3 straws onto the yarn.


STEP 3. To make your first triangle meet the ends of the first and the third straw

and twist/knot the yarn to secure.


STEP 4. Thread two more straws and secure.


STEP 5. Repeat step 4 until you have 1 straw left.


STEP 6. Thread the last straw onto the yarn and then secure the two separate pieces of yarn together.

This will create half of your shape.


STEP 7. Cut yourself off a small bit of yarn to secure the final point of your hexagonal shape. You will be left with your shape and a long bit of yarn attached to one corner , leave this as you will need it to secure to your ‘base’.


STEP 8.  For the base I used two rods of dowel which I painted white, but you could get creative here! Just make sure it’s sturdy enough to hold the weight of your shapes. Attach with the remainder of the long piece of yarn still left on your shape.

There you have it! Make as many as you like and try mixing and matching your colours. Vary the length of each so it’s more eye catching.


DIY Sharpie Eggs!

DIY Sharpie Eggs!

This really is so simple it’s stupid. If you want to keep these eggs as decorations around the house after Easter I would suggest you ‘blow out’ the eggs (tutorial here), but if you’re holding Easter lunch and need a last minute something to finish the table off, just hard boil the eggs like we did! Pick white eggs for a modern monochrome look or brown eggs for a rustic finish. Once the eggs have boiled get your trusty sharpie pen and draw away…. Voila! there you have it. Try displaying in glass vases or small bowls around the table. Suggestion: use a couple different thicknesses of Sharpies to create contrasting patterns for each egg. Explore in using a different technique and weight for each egg. Don’t worry about being a stickler for neatness either, they’re not supposed to be perfect!


Easter bunny cupcakes

Easter bunny cupcakes

Last Easter, we went overboard on the chocolate, making this easter egg covered chocolate cake and these super simple and super cute chocolate easter nests. After a stint in chocoholics anonymous, we thought we’d try something vanilla based, meaning there’s plenty of room for chocolate Easter eggs – and how darling are these bunny ear cupcakes? The best thing, they’re a show-stopper and a complete cinch to make. Now I don’t know about you, but sometimes – there just ain’t enough hours in the day, so don’t be feeling bad about grabbing a packet mix of cupcakes. Seriously, don’t. Guilt is a wasted emotion, so bear that in mind when you’ve scoffed three of these with afternoon tea!

Read these instructions well ahead, as these are best made in stages.

You need:

1 packet of cupcake mix

500g white Pettinice

Red or pink food colouring

4 egg whites

2 cups caster sugar

Cold water

Piping bag

Bunny ear template

The night before you want to present your cupcakes, grab yourself some ready to roll Pettinice fondant icing from your local cake supply shop and channel your inner toddler – this stuff is to adults what playdough is for kids.  Grab about 500g of the white stuff and if you have a little red food colouring, use a droplet to turn 200g of it pink (literally just knead and massage the fondant, a little bit of colour at time until you get your desired shade). Otherwise, grab another pack of pink Pettinice. This is enough for about 6 -8 sets of bunny ears. Print out a bunny ear template – we found ours here. You want your ears to be around 10 – 12cm long, bearing in mind you need to push them right into the cupcake and you don’t want them too thick or they become top heavy and fall over. Roll out one layer of fondant about 2mm thick and using your template and a sharp knife, cut out your sets of bunny ears – the bigger section in white, and repeat the process for the inner ear, using the pink fondant. Using just a finger dipped in water or a paintbrush, moisten the back of the pink ear and place directly where you want it to go on the big white ear shape. Once it’s there, don’t move it or the pink colour will smudge along the white fondant. Bend one of your ears over and slightly outward to create one floppy ear. Leave these out overnight to dry out hard. Hint, if your fondant sticks to your work surface, use a really light dusting of icing suger. Not too much or you’ll change the consistency of the fondant!

Bunny ears

These are best assembled close to serving, so make your cupcakes ahead and leave to cool. When they are baking, make your meringue icing using the double boiler method like this recipe. Place in your piping bag and pop in the fridge to keep cool. Essentially you want super thick and glossy icing to help support your ears. Hint: make sure you use caster sugar – this is really refined and dissolves so you have smooth icing.

Pipe your icing onto your cupcakes and place in the fridge until you are ready to serve and simple push your ears right into the cupcake. The ears should have dried out and hold straight.

To create our setting shown, shop our cupcake wrappers, lace placemats, placecards, spoons and tissue poms here. Try using tissue paper poms as a table runner instead, and hide easter eggs throughout for a cute take on a classic!




Valentines Day DIY

Valentines Day DIY

This is so embarrassingly simple, it’s barely a DIY – but combine our love of doilies and fairy lights for this super-sweet Valentines Day decoration. Using our new pink and metallic gold doilies, cut a small slit through the patterned edge in which you simply push the fairy light bulb through. Repeat, angling the hearts at different directions for a whimsical effect. Perfect about the bed, or around your favourite print – just remember never to leave your lights unattended!


DIY easy-peasy advent calendar

DIY easy-peasy advent calendar

So it’s official – the countdown to Christmas is really on, and what better way to get into the spirit with an easy peasy DIY advent calendar. The simplest way to get your household into the festive mood and get you in the spirit of planning that all-important Christmas lunch. We love all manner of creative advent calendars – think outside the box and you can come up with something super-creative that fits in with your Christmas theming. For a no-fuss option, this year we’ve gone with a simple pegged bag countdown, using our glassine bags with a candy cane tucked in for each date. To create this, all you need is some glue and the following from the Miss Bunting shop – easy as 1,2, 3!

- Medium Glassine Bags

- Alphabet Stamp Kit

- Twine (we used our gold glitter twine)

- Mini Pegs

- Red Love Heart Doilies (or the silver or gold metallic medallion doilies, depending on your theme!)



DIY giant rosettes

DIY giant rosettes

As soon as the faint scent of spring hits the Australian air, it seems you can’t turn the page of a magazine or walk through a department store without getting poked in the face with a feathered fascinator. Springtime down-under is truly synonymous with the spring racing carnival, and with the race that stops a nation kicking off at Flemington this Tuesday, we’ve got the sweetest and easiest DIY for you to try.

Rosettes & ribbons are the language of equestrian carnivals the world over, so using our tissue paper fans we created these giant rosettes – the perfect backdrop for your Melbourne Cup party.

You’ll need:

  • Tissue paper – one for each rosette you plan on making
  • Scissors
  • String & hole puncher
  • PVA or Glue dots or the really sticky gummy double sided tape
  • Stapler
  • Ribbon – around 1m, the widest you can find (we used 5cm satin) in a matching colour to your fan
  • Pictures of horses – we liked the vintage, antique horse style, so just google until you find one that suits 

We trimmed our paper fans down so they were rounded at the edges (our paper fans are a little more pointed, like stars). If you are, make sure you punch another hole at the top and affix some string for hanging as it’s likely you will have trimmed this off.

Print your coloured horse picture – cropping it into a circle approx 15 cm diameter, and cut it out.

Unfurl your tissue paper fan, securing it so it stays assembled. Affix your horse image to the centre. If using PVA, leave to dry overnight.

Trim your ribbon to the desired length  – 2 lengths around 30 – 40 cm, trimming the ends into triangles.

Turn over your rosette and position your ribbon so it hangs out from under the rosette on a slight angle. Staple it into position on the back pleats of the tissue paper fan.

Hang and enjoy – or hand out for best dressed on ground!



DIY paper doily tealight holders

DIY paper doily tealight holders

These tealight holders are an absolute cinch to make, but they look so gorgeously whimsy – we’ll be making them en masse for a special someone’s wedding coming up in January.

We used doilies from the Miss Bunting shop in silver to match our bride’s colour scheme. Other than that, you’ll also need:

  • PVA – the clear drying stuff
  • Paintbrush
  • Cling film
  • Cooking oil spray
  • Water
  • Rubber gloves – optional

You’ll also need several bowls: one to place upside down as a mould – think larger than a coffee mug, smaller than a cereal bowl. Grab another shallow bowl you won’t mind mixing PVA and water in.

Wrap cling film around the outside of your bowl, place upside-down mould and spray with a little oil. This is simply to make sure nothing gets stuck and you can pull the doily tealight vessel away from the mould easily.

Mix a little water in with the PVA – a ratio of around 3 parts PVA to 1 part water. Immerse a doily completely in the mixture and then mould around your upside down bowl. You’ll need to make folds in the doily in order for it to mould flush against the bowl. Repeat as necessary until the outside bowl is covered, overlapping each doily as you go. Depending on the size of your bowl, we used 3 doilies per tealight holder.

Leave to dry overnight, then the next day, brush with a generous layer of PVA (straight from the bottle, not the diluted version). Dry overnight again and for the best result, repeat this last step once more to create a rigid shell. Leave to dry compleltely.

To remove from the mould, gently pull the cling film away from the bowl, and pull the cling film from the lining of the tealight holder.

Make sure you don’t make yours too small if you intend on placing tealights in them as the heat from the tealight can make them curl up!

And remember never to leave any candle or naked flame unattended.