In exactly 42 days, 11 hours, 24 minutes and 29 seconds, I will be waking up to one of the most exciting days of my life. That is because in 42 days, 11 hours, 24 minutes and 29 seconds (well, 19 seconds now!) I’ll be waking up on my wedding day!
As you might imagine, soon after he ‘popped the question’ I began thinking about what kind of day would really suit us and capture both our personalities. This was spurred on when my best friend arrived at my front door struggling to balance the sky-high pile of bridal magazines that she’d bought for us to look through! Like two excited little girls, we spent hours admiring the beautiful dresses, breathtaking venues and stunning floral bouquets.
Beautiful as everything was in the magazines, I've never really pictured our wedding day having that polished, formal feel, and I felt myself drawn to the more handmade, DIY ideas that I stumbled across on various wedding blogs and Pinterest pinboards. I was really inspired by the beautiful, original ideas that people had come up with and my list of ‘things-to-make’ just kept getting longer!
I have to say I think my partner was a little anxious when our flat turned into a buzzing craft hub, but he soon came around when he saw just how much I was enjoying making each little item, and he was even more encouraged by the fact that making so much by hand meant that costs for the big day were steadily being driven down.
I've now made a whole range of things including tissue paper pompoms to hang from the beams in the venue, origami buttonholes made from old maps, bunting, invitations and I've just started working on making the table decorations.
Looking for ideas in the office, I came across a great template for a milk carton style box in the book 'Perfect Papercraft Cards and Gifts'. Filled with my favourite sweet treat - strawberry bonbons - I thought these would make lovely little table settings!
Below is a step-by step-guide on how to make the milk carton style box, taken from the book Perfect Papercraft Cards and Gifts.
1) Glue the two halves
Pre-crease all folds before gluing anything together. Lay the two sides on a flat surface in the positions shown. Then glue the two halves together.
2) Fold and glue panels
Turn the box over and fold the two outer panels inwards, to meet each other. Glue the tab to the panel.
3) Fold over the lid flaps
Stand the box on its end with the shaped flaps facing upwards. Now carefully push the box into a square tube shape. Fold over Flap 1 first. Then fold over Flaps 2 and 3 and tuck the little curved ends under Flap 1.
4) Finish the box
Close the end by folding over flap 4 and tucking it inside flap 1. Now turn the box the right way up.
5) Tie the ribbon round
Push the sides inwards until the two flaps with the holes meet each other. Finish by securing the top with the ribbon.