Paper Doily Makes: My Personalised Greetings Card Range

DSC_3662

bridesmaid12

Happy Friday all! How has your week been? I thought I’d post a little update on the greetings cards I’ve been working on this week, available in my NOTHS and Etsy shops. I’ve designed two brand new cards, featuring my favourite colours. If you can’t get creative with your favourite colours when you’re busy designing, then when can you? I’ve decided to run a trial on personalised cards to see how much my lovely customers like them. After offering non personalised greetings cards before, with some success (but admittedly not as much as I’d hoped) I am feeling positive about these ones! What do you think?

bridesmaid2

I love the idea that personalised cards can potentially be treasured as keepsakes for some time. I always feel special when I’m given a lovely card, as I really appreciate the time that lovely person has spent choosing and sending it, particularly when social media and email is so prevalent now! Imagine how special the recipient would feel to know they have had a card designed especially for them?

I figured Personalised ‘Bridesmaid Thank you Cards’ and personalised ‘Happy Birthday Cards’ were a good place to start, but I hope to roll more designs out very soon. In the mean time, I hope you have a lovely weekend wherever you are in the world. Thank you so much for reading and I hope I’ve inspired you!

My Craft Swap with RubyRedcrafts

I recently had the pleasure of taking part in a craft swap with the lovely RubyRedcrafts. It was the first craft swap I’ve ever participated in and it was so much fun. I’ve been following Rachel from RubyRedcrafts on Instagram for some time and after seeing all of her beautiful makes, I was able to gain a real sense of what kind of things she liked. Here’s what I made:

craft-swap-2

Anybody who knows me well, knows that I absolutely love crochet. I taught myself to crochet several years ago and have been happily ‘hooking’ ever since! I just find it so incredibly therapeutic (unless of course I’m following a very tricky pattern) and I love how easy it is to add colour. I run a local, fortnightly crochet group in a cafe, so a lot of tasty cake and warm hot chocolate was consumed whilst this was made. As Easter is coming up, I thought it would make the perfect garland. I’ve made quite a few crocheted party decorations similar to this and I always have so much fun with them.

craft-swap-3

Pastel felt flower gift tags with pink twine, need I say any more? Rachel spends a lot of time in her craft room and plans to use these as organisational tags for all of her crafty bits. The felt flowers were all cut by hand by myself. I drew a brief outline of each flower on thin paper to start with to use as templates. After choosing the felt and cutting out each shape, I used a mixture of hand sewing and hot glue gun, with some added embellishments. The brown gift tags came from my local craft store and were the perfect colour, as the pastel colours really shine through against the background colour.

craft-swap-1

Rachel and I agreed on three items, the third being these tall, patterned heart cake toppers, perfect for decorating beautiful cakes with at special parties and events.

craft-swap4

This wrapping paper I used to wrap the gifts in was perfect, as it felt so seasonal. The Spring like colours and delicate flowers stood out to me whilst choosing the wrapping paper and the pink twine was the perfect addition!

craft swap e

These fabulous handmade gifts were Rachel’s craft swap to me. How stunning are they? I love each and every one item Rachel sent and was so overwhelmed that they were created with love especially for me. I’ve now placed the gorgeous padded heart garland in my kitchen. The patchwork needle case is displayed proudly in my craft room next to my sewing machine. It will definitely be used as I’ve been thinking about teaching myself to make patchwork quilts and accessories for some time now. Rachel also included a beautiful handmade coaster for all of my lovely mugs and look at that little rosette!

craft-swap-5

Last but not least, Rachel has an adorable dog named Wilson, so I couldn’t leave him out. I have two miniature poodles named Felix and Mabel, and they both love Lily’s Kitchen bedtime biscuits. They are the perfect treat for lucky pooches!

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading and do get in touch if I’ve inspired you! Have a lovely week.

 

Paper Doily Makes: Paper Heart Cupcake Toppers Tutorial

Cupcake toppers can be purchased pretty much anywhere now, but can sometimes become an unnecessary expense, particularly if you have a large number of cupcakes to decorate. Cupcake toppers can easily be made at home to suit any party theme, and only require a few relatively cheap materials. You’ll be pleased to know that you should be able to find most, if not all of these materials in your local supermarket and craft store. If you have any cake to hand, go and find yourself a beautiful plate, some pretty napkins and make yourself a tea. All of which are the perfect accompaniments to any craft project of course.

Materials: 

Decorative Paper/Wrapping Paper

Double Sided Selotape

Large Heart Paper Cutter

Small Cocktail Sticks

Paper Scissors

Method: 

4

1. First of all, decide on how many cupcake toppers you require. For 12 cupcake toppers, you will require 24 paper hearts, to ensure the hearts are all double sided. Take your paper cutter and cut out all of your hearts, placing them in pairs. There is a very wide selection of paper cutters, available in most craft stores. They come in all shapes and sizes, so you can definitely adjust the tutorial to your taste and theme.

1

2. Take a pair of sharp scissors and cut 3 strips of double sided selotape for your first cupcake topper. The reverse side of 12 of your paper hearts will contain 3 strips of double sided selotape. There will be one long strip in the centre of the heart, which the cocktail stick will be placed on top of, and 2 smaller strips either side of that, to stick the paper hearts together. Repeat this process for half of your paper hearts.

2

3. You should now have 24 paper hearts. The reverse side of 12 of them should contain double sided selotape and a cocktail stick, and the other 12 paper hearts should be plain. These plain paper hearts can now be placed on top of those with cocktail sticks, ensuring the pattern is visible on both sides of the cupcake topper. You should now have something beautiful which looks like this.

3

When finished, they will definitely impress your guests and give any dessert table that extra special touch! Enjoy!

A polite reminder: This tutorial is for personal use only and should not be reproduced or sold. 

Paper Doily Makes: Decorative Wooden Pegs

Paper Doily Pegs 3 pegs 5 final Paper Doily pegs 2 final

We’ve been very busy making lots of adorable pegs for our Etsy shop recently and we thought we would share! They are absolutely perfect for prettifying wedding favour bags or wrapped gifts. They would also look lovely in the home, perhaps hanging from a lovely piece of twine with your favourite photographs or artwork attached.

These pegs are just standard clothes pegs and are very easy to find in most hardware stores or supermarkets. I purchased a large pack of these from my local supermarket. I searched online for patterned washi tape and came across such an amazing selection, mainly on Etsy. The great thing about these pegs, is that you only need a very small amount of washi tape to cover them. This means that you will have lots of tape left for coordinating party crafts, should you be having a big DIY session.

I have decided to sell these in lovely packs of 10 here but if you decide to get creative yourself, then let me know. I would love to see!

A very kind reminder: Paper Doily tutorials are for personal use only. Please do not reproduce the above content for resale. 

Paper Doily Makes: Washi Tape Crafts

10684154_293276514199060_1670056626_n10683782_1477056755895251_545106741_n-110598746_555093994591730_314223237_n10661274_1479867252297158_1324390803_n10666005_1485913501695360_449783743_n10249135_696845210400454_1402012217_n-1 10447877_10152736622749588_1202326610105573218_n10661221_1629414440618455_2030144982_n

This is Paper Doily’s very first craft tutorial so we decided to begin with something simple but oh so beautiful. We absolutely adore washi tape. There are countless designs available, which is super convenient if you have a specific party theme to work towards. Store bought cupcake flags can be quite dear if you need a large amount. It seems far more economical to buy the perfect roll of washi tape, along with some cocktail sticks and have a lovely old DIY session. The washi tape can be used for countless party crafts such as favour bags, gift tags, table decorations, invitations, gift wrapping and even beautiful little thank you cards after your party. You cannot always purchase matching items from shops, so a good DIY job gives you great flexibility.

The construction of the cupcake flags really couldn’t be simpler. Follow these four easy steps below and most importantly, have fun!

  • Use a ruler to measure 8 centimetres of washi tape. Cut the tape to size and place sticky side up. You can make these as small or as large as you desire, this is just a guide.
  • Take your cocktail stick and place it in the centre of the tape. I measured 4 centimetres before sticking the cocktail stick to the tape, to ensure all flags were an equal size, but it is fairly easy to judge by eye.
  • Fold the tape over, holding the cocktail stick at the same time to avoid movement.
  • Take a small pair of scissors and cut a small triangle to make your flags look adorable.

After we finished our cupcake flags, we decided to prettify some chevron drinking straws with some glittery hearts. You can stick your washi tape to paper or card and use a paper cutter to achieve your desired shape. We then used clear double sided selotape to attach the hearts to the straws.

The straws and the cupcake flags will add that extra special touch to any party table and are two easy party crafts you must try. If you follow our tutorial, do let us know how you get on and please send us your photographs, we love to hear from you. Happy crafting!

A very kind reminder: Paper Doily tutorials are for personal use only. Please do not reproduce the above content without full credit.

Styling Inspiration: Whimsical First Birthday Party

whimsical-first-birthday-party pinwheel-cupcake-toppers first-birthday-party pinwheel-decorations drink-station1 button-monogram-decor tissue-paper-pom 524e9efa40c48957bfda310875fe7e87 princess-crown

We absolutely love everything about this party styling courtesy of Hostess with the Mostess which has all been lovingly made by Jennifer, the hostess. The theme drew inspiration from windmills, birdcages and elephants. The colours are absolutely beautiful. The pinwheel cupcake toppers are a fabulous idea and so easy to make (with a little practice). The illustrations on display compliment the food, drinks and decorations so perfectly. Whimsical is definitely the best word to describe this party. We are hugely inspired as always and have an urge to make pinwheel cupcake toppers. Keep your eyes peeled as we are currently working on lots of beautiful party decorations (including toppers) which we cannot wait to share with you. Are you currently planning a party and feeling overwhelmed or in need of some crafting inspiration? If so, do get in touch and let us know if there are any craft tutorials which you would like to see.