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5 DIY crafts for a summer wedding

With a bit of imagination you can make sure your special day is a memorable occasion

5 DIY crafts for a summer wedding

For those looking forward to a summer wedding, the current heatwave couldn't be more of a godsend. The usual fears of unpredictable British weather ruining outdoor events can be put aside, and celebrations can go ahead in the glorious sunshine.

1 Glitter tea light holders

One of the joys of summer weddings is that the warm weather allows you to stay outdoors into the night. When it gets dark, these gorgeous glitter tea light holders will make any outdoor space look magical. To make them, use jam jars which are large enough to hold a tea light each. Simply brush some glue onto each holder, then carefully shake glitter onto it.

You can glue in a design if you wish, such as a heart or star symbol, or cover halfway up for a dip-dye effect. Try using Debbi Moore Stardust Glitter (442874).

2. Handmade paper fans

Even though we love the sunshine, in this hot weather you might need something to beat the heat. Paper fans are not just great for cooling down – they also make great photo props, and can even be personalised with guests' names so they double up as favours! To make a simple fan, take two sheets of A4 paper and cut them in half lengthways (we recommend The Paper Boutique Blooming Lovely paper pad – 440741).

Concertina-fold each piece along the shorter side, then glue 3 pieces together along horizontal edges. Glue lolly sticks at either end and, once the glue is dry, use them to open and close the fan!

3. Fabric bunting

Bunting has made a serious comeback in the past few years, to the extent that almost no outdoor celebration is complete without it! Making bunting yourself allows you to add a personal touch, so why not try upcycling some worn and well-loved fabric, like a cherished tablecloth?

To make it, you'll simply need some bias binding – such as this cream one (375739) – and fabric of your choice. If you're buying new fabric, try using a combination of patterns, such as these spring flowers fat quarters (321257), for a really homespun feel.

4. Die-cut place cards

When it comes to wedding papercrafts, a die-cutting machine will be a massive time saver. Make simple place card by creating small tent-fold blanks in the card of your choice, then adding a die-cut embellishment, such as these cut bride and groom die-cuts (375916 and 375917).

Use calligraphy to write the name of each guest, then get creative with embellishments like glitter, brads, ribbon and washi tape.

5. Cupcake toppers

With many couples opting for individual cupcakes instead of a traditional wedding cake, making cute paper toppers is a great way to add a personal touch. Try stamping different sentiments onto die-cut circles, using stamps such as these (446746). Then simply affix each circle to a toothpick using glue or tape, and stick them into your cupcakes!