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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!


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!


A classic wedding masterclass: Jodie & Scott

A classic wedding masterclass: Jodie & Scott

When we get our Martha Stewart on, the whole house usually suffers as we’re consumed by one DIY project after another. This time it was salt dough shapes, inspired by Jodie – a friend as gorgeous as she is hilarious and her classically styled wedding in Mosman Bay, Western Australia.

Being a self-confessed control freak – totally necessary in her job as marketing manager for a major newspaper, Jodie’s wedding to Scotty was planned with military precision right down to every last detail. Surrounded by her gang of trusty bride-slaves, Jodie was walked down the aisle by her father who’d stopped cracking jokes for long enough to beam with pride at his beautiful daughter who was dressed in a stunning ivory lace gown and finger curls. She also wins top marks for dressing her bridesmaids Oscar-worthy gowns from Sana Boutique.

A classic wedding packed with vintage touches and a nod to Great Gatsby deco styling, pretty touches were evident everywhere here. A tree adorned with long ribbons that fluttered in the breeze, birdcages and galvanized buckets loaded with baby’s breath set the scene for a simply sweet ceremony. Inside, the place settings were simple and stylish – yours truly dug out the calligraphy pen from years ago and wrote the name cards, which were then placed in gorgeous frames the bride’s mum had painstakingly painted gold. The Miss Bunting Flash Card Table Numbers were used for the table settings and my favourite detail of all – the salt dough tags were handmade by the bride’s mother-in-law and tied with twine around the napkins. It’s these small touches that really add to the personality of an event – you can really see the love involved when friends and family all pitch in to help.

You can see Jodie & Scott’s wedding here, photographed by Teneil Kable.


Dress from Brides by Design

Styling & Flowers by WED on Beaufort

Hair by Chilli Couture

Makeup by Yvette Grey



Here’s how you can make your own Salt Dough Tags.

1 cup of salt

2 cups of flour

1 cup of warm water

Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl, roll out between 2 sheets of baking paper and cut into shapes using a cookie cutter if needed. If you want to get fancy, use lace or foliage to create an impression in the dough like we’ve done here. If you intend on tying it to something, be sure to create a hole with a skewer for your twine. Bake in a preheated oven at 120 for 2 ½ hours or until dry and firm.