A little Friday fun in the way of an easy DIY tutorial that can be adapted for a multiple of uses – oh how we like those! Brought to you by talented paper artist and illustrator Helen from Frances and Francis this cute little mini paper bunting tutorial let’s you spell out a message whether it is for gifts for your guests, favours, place cards or even as a cake topper you can get a bit crafty and adapt this DIY!
All you need is // Coloured paper, scissors, twine, glue gun/glue and a pencil and if you are having a go at paper cutting a scalpel (careful now!)
STEP 1 // Draw out a triangular shape onto card that you can then use as a template and trace around to create your bunting. Write your message by drawing each individual letter on to separate triangles.
STEP 2 // You can stick to the drawn message if you like or you can scalpel out the message allowing for the wrapping paper to peep through.
STEP 3 // Using a hot melt glue gun, stick one side of the triangles on to the twine in the right order of the message. If wrapping for a gift, you may want to stick the twine down with some tape to insure it stays in place and doesn’t twist.
STEP 4 // Wrap the twine with the message facing upright around the present and tie with a bow to keep it all nicely wrapped together.
Photos and Tutorial by Frances and Francis
Instead of wrapping the twine around the gift you could tie it to wooden skewers for a mini bunting display for a cake.
If you are interested in more paper crafting Helen runs workshops for brides in St Albans, just outside London to create these super cute paper flower favours! The next workshop is on Saturday 8th June so if you fancy joining see below for details!
To see more paper pretty such as paper flower bouquets take a look at more of Helen’s crafty work at Frances and Francis. I’m off to a few weddings (as a guest can you believe!) this year so will be making full use of this sweet wrapping for gifts!
A while ago I was lucky enough to be introduced to Charlotte White from Restoration Cake, a very glamorous all round cakey lady who is utterly charming and so very good at what she does. She has now decided to share this talent of hers with brides to be, by launching the ‘Wedding Cake 101′ class for brides to DIY their own wedding cake for their big day.
I would assume any brides out there who are looking to DIY their own cake it’s not only to learn, or have the sense of achievement and to have fun with it but also to save on costs. This class unlike many others is under £100 and as well as being kind to the purse it’s also kind with your time at just 3 hours!
The class is taught by Charlotte (above), who is genuinely passionate about helping DIY brides create something special and professional for their own wedding. She will be there to provide you with friendly guidance and advice on making your cake with her knowledge and experience she will share with you tips so you can avoid any mishaps in the kitchen – you even get given a special hotline number afterwards just in case! I like that Charlotte’s first hand experience means she can appreciate the pressure and emotions brides go through with this process as has been one herself!
Students will have the confidence to create a gorgeous and professional looking wedding cake, with a few insider tips on how to decorate their cake beautifully. Charlotte says “Most of the Brides who tell me that they plan to make their own Wedding Cake say that they are confident of their baking ability but that their cake design won’t be as professional looking as mine – I want to demystify the tricks that I use to create beautiful tiered cakes.”
In Wedding Cake 101 brides will learn how to achieve a perfect finish when covering cakes in fondant icing, how to ‘dowel’ the lower tiers to ensure that the cake can be stacked safely, and how to create decoration with basic piping techniques, fondant flowers, and ribbons. At the end of the class, each student will leave with their own beautiful two-tiered cake and a factsheet containing each technique covered in the class.
The class is held at The Edward Woods Community Centre in Shepherd’s Bush (less than 5 minutes walk from Westfield Shopping Centre) and is £90 per person (including all materials and equipment.
The dates for the classes are Tuesday 8th January
(starting at 6pm so no need to take time off work!) and also on Saturday 23rd February
(2pm). For more information and to book your place on the course visit the Restoration Cake website: www.restorationcake.co.uk
With all the ‘why don’t you bake more’ quotes I’ve been receiving lately, I think Mr London Bride would rather like me to go on this course…!