Little gem of a twist on DIY wedding decorations

Earlier this week, I had the pleasure of meeting the talented and creative Mindy from Twig & Arrow. She has a fantastic and original decorating idea for your DIY wedding (or other event), and I get to share it with you!

What I love about this idea, aside from it's originality, is the delicate sculptural quality. I love the versatility. I love how, when suspended, the gentle movement creates such a satisfying feel, as the light hits the petals or foliage.

Gem shaped frame - How to:
You will need:
12 bamboo skewers - 8 full length, 3 skewers cut in halves (giving you 8 halves).
12 legnths of 18 gauge florist wire.
Florist tape, floral snips, and needle nose pliers.

This project takes about a half hour to 45 minutes.
Cut your wires 10cm longer that your skewers. The small cut skewers should have wire cut 10cm longer than they are.
Now place your skewers in the approximate center to the wire giving you 5 even centimetres on either side of the bamboo.
Tape the wire to the skewers covering it completely.
Once all the skewers are covered you will now make your squares.
Take four large pieces and connect (intersecting them at the point where the skewer ends and the wire begins. Twist the wires firmly 4 or 5 times. Do not trim the excess wire yet, that comes last.
Once you have made a large square repeat this method for the small square (which will form the top of the gem) .
Now to connect the small and large squares, using your four spare half wired skewers connect the small square corner to the large corner using the tight twisting method. Remember to intersect at the point where the skewer ends and the wire starts.  Now you can take your needle nose pliers and use the wire cutting portion to trim the wires leaving about 2 cm length then fold tightly in.  tape over all the corners once trimmed.
The last 4 long lengths of wired skewer get attached to each corner of the largest square. Make sure to connect the skewer to corner using the excess wire to wind around the corner 4 or 5 times then trim excess.
Tape over these corners covering the wire completely.
Pull all four to a point twist tightly trim down leaving a 2 cm selvage of wire.  Use needle nose pliers to fold in wire and tape.

Voila! Attach a lovely poesy and hang.

Thank You Mindy! Any questions on this project and supplies feel free to contact Mindy at Twig & Arrow. You can also follow her on Facebook for more inspiration.

Styling your wedding.

Unsure how to approach your wedding decorations? 

I have some useful advice for you to get started with. 

A huge thank you to Summer of  The Vintage Party for taking some time out to share:

"Unsure how to approach your wedding decorations? Think of them as the icing on the cake that will give your wedding its unique flavour and reflect your personality. They need to blend in seamlessly with the venue and overall theme of your wedding, to bring it all together as a cohesive whole."

"Your decorations should be memorable and leave a favourable impression on your guests, but that doesn’t mean they need to be expensive, or complicated. Just as you don’t want to over-accessorize and detract from your dress (or yourself!).

The aim for your styling is to embellish the venue and surroundings, enhancing the feel of the occasion.
In terms of table decorations, flowers will feature strongly at most weddings, so this is a good place to start and will lead you to think about the types of vases that will suit your flowers.
Your style of wedding may lean towards simple modern glass vases, delicate crystal vases, vintage preserving jars, milk bottles or even decanters.  You might prefer the idea of using china teacups, silver coffee pots, or even small vintage tins. Add one or two more complimentary elements (eg: candles, sweets, old books, pebbles, driftwood, etc) that blend in with your theme to create interesting table centrepieces. 

The place settings are also a chance for you to express your personality. Don’t be afraid to step out of tradition and show a little creativity here."

"You’re limited only by your imagination, and there is endless online inspiration at your fingertips. Pinterest is a fantastic place to start. You can simply set up a board (keep it ‘secret’ if you wish) and build a collection of your favourite images. Your preferred aesthetic will quickly become apparent. Choose a few key pieces or ideas that you LOVE and definitely want to incorporate and start with those. (Sometimes less is more, so resist the temptation to go overboard!)
It’s a good idea to begin this process once your venue has been decided so that you have plenty of time to discuss and agree on the look you both want to achieve, and to gather/make/source your decorations. You may have crafty friends or family who will jump at the chance to help with these if things are getting a bit overwhelming (this could even be their present to you). Check out your local secondhand stores – you might find exactly what you’re looking for, or if you don’t fancy the legwork, another option is to go online to see what’s available for hire in your area.
Don’t forget to ask your photographer to get a few shots of the set-up and finishing touches that you put so much time and effort into – this is probably best done before the action gets underway.
While your guests will definitely appreciate the thought and effort you put into the styling, it’s important to try to keep the process fun."

"Don’t get too bogged down in the detail, because at the end of the day…you know what I’m going to say… yes, it’s all about the two of you…GETTING MARRIED!"

For more inspiration and ideas you might like to follow Summer on Pinterest  or Twitter or find her on Facebook.

Wanting more on wedding planning? Have a look at some of my other blog posts on wedding tips.