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DIY ikat inspired plates: Miss Bunting for Party with Lenzo

DIY ikat inspired plates: Miss Bunting for Party with Lenzo

One of our favourite ever DIY’s was one we created for our shoot for the Lenzo edit. These plates are a simple and chic way to create a stylish tablescape for your next function – all you need are a few plates and some special ceramic paint from the craft shop! To create this look, head on over to the Lenzo edit now for your step-by-step here. Happy dining! Close-up stacked


Mothers Day brunch

Mothers Day brunch

A few weeks ago, we got together with a few of our favourites to style up a gorgeous Mother’s Day brunch. Inspired by new and young mum’s, we wanted bright pinks that would pop against a crisp autumn setting for a feminine, but fresh feel. With the most insanely gorgeous florals by the uber talented Nadia over at Studio Botanic, delicious catering by Stirring the Pot catering, menus by French Navy, and props by Lily & Bramwell, pop on over to the Lenzo edit for the full story, including our tutorial on how to create the Dip Dye Ombre tablecloth.




A simple Easter place setting

A simple Easter place setting

We’d barely put the Christmas decorations away and before you know it, Easter is upon us. The giveaway surely should have been the hot cross buns in the shops by January 1, but hey – we’ve been busy, right?

If you’re having people over for an Easter brunch, we’ve got the simplest idea to take you from hero to zero. Egg name cards! Simply use a Sharpie pen or artline and use your best cursive writing on hardboiled eggs. We found our cute egg cups from Ikea and sprayed them gold (if you can spray it gold – why wouldn’t you?) To make it more autumnal, we simply raided the backyard for fallen leaves in shades of orange and rust, offset by some beautiful ruby red pomegranates we picked off the tree for a simple and really organic table runner. Using our library cards for menus and kraft scallop tags with our alphabet stamps adds a sweet and stylish touch. Make sure you check out the Miss Bunting Pinterest page for more Easter ideas!


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!