A beautiful floral crown tutorial

A beautiful floral crown tutorial by Melissa Louise

I had SO much fun making and putting together today’s tutorial.. My high school bestie friend is getting married this year (OMG, how and when did we get so old grown up?) and so, to get the planning started I hosted a “wedding planning party”at my home. We ate too much, spoke alot and set a few very exciting dates. I’m very excited to be her maid of honour and thats exactly how planning parties should be!

I’ll elaborate more about the party soon, and share a few tips on how you can host your own, but I thought Id kick start this series with this beautiful floral crown I made for the bride to be feel special for the day…

This tutorial is fairly simple, so follow the photos and I’ll drop one or two notes in where I think necessary. When attempting your own, tweet me for more advice – @MissNunnerley

A beautiful floral crown tutorial by Melissa Louise

What you will need: Flowers of your choice, masking tape, a section of hose pipe and scissors.

NOTE below: Tape the two ends of the hose together, I used a small piece of news paper stuffed inside the hose to prevent it from pulling apart.

A beautiful floral crown tutorial by Melissa Louise

A beautiful floral crown tutorial by Melissa Louise A beautiful floral crown tutorial by Melissa Louise

NOTE above and below: Then tape your flowers around the hose, I did a base or all white and green with hints of yellow and then added pops of colour.

A beautiful floral crown tutorial by Melissa Louise A beautiful floral crown tutorial by Melissa Louise

Nikita, my bestie and bride to be. 

I simply love how it turned out. YAY!

xxx

All photogrphs by Melissa Louise

 

No sew Mint Chevron Bunting

This is a simply fun DIY, I just love how it turned out… and no sew hem tape, who invented that stuff? I owe them a big fat juicy kiss.

DIY Bunting by Melissa Louise

DIY Bunting by Melissa Louise

What you will need: 

- No sew hem tape.

- Scrap fabric. (I used a Zana scrap pack)

- Rope.

- Scissors.

- Brown paper.

- A ruler.

- Pen.

Step one: Create a template using your brown paper and pen. There are many ways of doing bunting, but I find it easiest to make a diamond shape and fold it in half to get the desired triangle finish.

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Step two: Use your template to draw out a series of diamonds onto the reverse side of your chosen fabric then cut them out.

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Step three: Now to apply the hem tape. Measure out the amount you will need and rest it in place, at this stage it is not sticky. Run the rope through the middle of the diamond so that once set the triangle hangs over the rope.

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Step four: Iron over the parts where the hem tape is place, the heat will activate it and make the two ends stick together, and you are done. Quick and simple.

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NOTE: If you have pinking sheers you can use that to cut out your diamond shapes to prevent fraying.

Happy Wednesday!

xxx

All photographs taken by Melissa Louise

Christmas DIY – How to print your own wrapping paper

Pretty blog Wrapping paper DIY by Melissa Louise

This year has been very exceptionally exciting year for me. So many ups and downs (lets be realistic) but over all I have accomplished so much and I’m feeling pretty proud. Thank you to each and every one of you that make my life richer, more special and help create memories I can forever cherish.

Happy holidays and a very merry Christmas to all my family, friends and blog followers.

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I heart hanging plants, how you can get this look

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I absolutely LOVE hanging plants at the moment. so 60′s i know. But its a trend which is back with a vengeance. We moved into our old Victorian semi in Woodstock a year and a half ago, see our move here. It has plenty of old world charm, character and beautiful features. This includes our three meter (9.8 foot) high ceilings.  As a newer addition to our home, we have a fish pond which extends from outside to inside (under a window), this was the place meant for my hanging plants…

BEFORE:

Hanging plants by Melissa Louise Here’s a quick step by step photograph roundup on how you can also achieve this look…

 

Hanging plants by Melissa Louise

Plants bought at the local nursery. 

Hanging plants by Melissa Louise

Brass pots bought at the Milnerton Market, My thrifting heaven. 

Hanging plants by Melissa Louise

Basic tools you will need. 

Hanging plants by Melissa Louise

Ceiling hooks are essential. 

Hanging plants by Melissa Louise

Carefully knock holes in the bottom of the pots for drainage. 

Hanging plants by Melissa Louise

And in the sides to attach the rope for hanging. 

Hanging plants by Melissa Louise

Knot the ends tightly.

Hanging plants by Melissa Louise

Nearly there. 

AFTER:

Hanging plants by Melissa Louise

Re-pot plants and hang. You are done. 

Soon I will be doing a Home Tour with The Pretty Blog. Stay tuned for more after shots. YAY!!

Happy Monday.

xxx

All Photographs by Melissa Louise.

DIY Christmas Napkin

The Christmas countdown has begun and things are feeling lovely and festive around here… Last weekend I did this really fun DIY that I’ve been wanting to do for sometime. It is so simple but looks so stunning (If I do say so myself). I love the colour gold and I’m thinking that this year I might decorate our table setting with my custom do it yourself napkins.

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What you will need:

- 4 Standard white napkins

- Masking tape

- Gold spray paint (or whichever colour you have themed your table setting)

Zana Christmas gift tags

STEP ONE: Lay out your napkin.

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STEP TWO: Decide on a pattern and mask off what you don’t want to be sprayed. I went with irregular stripes. I imagine polka dots to be pretty too but alot more time consuming. If you do decide to do polka dots I would recommend a stencil.

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STEP THREE: Spray in a well ventilated area. Do two coats, I found the fabric absorbed alot of the first coat.

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STEP FOUR: Once dry, remove the tape.I have only spray painted one side of the napkin as to allow you to still wipe your mouth on the reverse side. The spray painted side is purely decorative.

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AND YOU’RE DONE! What you think? For other fun ways to make use of the Zana gift tags have a look here. Its been one of my best buys this Christmas, endless options…

Buy them in ZAR here & in USD here.

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 xxx

All photos by Melissa Louise