DIY Fringe Streamers and Pinwheels

Hi again,

Yesterday I helped Chris & Debbie celebrate their very exciting wedding at The Great Tythe Barn in the Cotswolds. Hopefully I’ll get to share some images with you soon… but let’s just say there was a barn owl, an ice luge, The Beatles and some pretty incredible fireworks. Excited much?!

But first, I’ve promised to share with you some of the DIY secrets behind my decorations used when I styled the September window for The White Rose Bridal Boutique in Chipping Campden, which happened to coincide with the fabulous one year anniversary celebrations they held there featuring a gorgeous singer and some delicious cupcakes from The Cheltenham Cakery.

Here are some images with thanks to the lovely Danielle who owns the boutique, and has a wealth of knowledge about all things bridal.

Everything in this window is really easy for you to make yourself, yet all the bright colours and attention to detail would make your wedding decor super fabulous.

First up, DIY fringe streamers. Here is what you need:

  • Pack of Crepe Paper – not the ready made streamers
  • Scissors
  • Masking Tape – just to secure the streamers from the ceiling

Take a roll of crepe paper, and cut off a section about two inches wide. Then along each edge, cut the “fringe” leaving space along the middle. Once both sides have been done, twist the whole thing a little and then pull apart. Voila!

Here is a few useful visual from the blog Oh Happy Day which might be handy:

Do these in whatever colour scheme your heart desires, then hang from the ceiling or along walls… Lovely!

The pinwheels take a little more effort, but once you get the hang of them are pretty simple and look really effective. What you’ll need:

  • Thick paper or card in chosen colours
  • Fishing wire/cotton thread
  • Scissors
  • Glue Gun/Double Sided Tape
  • Ruler (optional)
  • Hole puncher (optional)

First you need to take one piece of card paper and fold it accordion style, using your thumb as guidance for the width will save time using a ruler. Once you have folded the whole piece of paper, fold the whole thing in half and glue the inside folds together. This will make one third of your wheel.

Repeat two more times and you should have three parts, which you can then spread out and glue together on each side of the outer accordion fold to make a full wheel.

You can leave it like this, or stick on a different colour circle of card paper (button or brooch if you prefer) for the centre as a bit of extra decor.

In order to hang them you’ll need to either punch a hole at the top of one of the folds to thread wire or cotton through, or like I did, simply hot glue a length of fishing wire to the back.

You could also use them in other inventive ways, such as this gorgeous table runner featured on Green Wedding Shoes:

Here they rounded off the edge of one end of the accordion folds before gluing together, they also punched holes in some of them for added prettiness.

There are other DIY projects to try from my styled window, including the pretty cake topper and mini flower pom poms which make great table decor if you want a burst of colour.

Let me know how you get on!



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