Festival Brides DIY: Beachy Boho Bottles + an Awesome Giveaway!

29 Jan

IMG_5859_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 So here it is, you guys!

We’re so psyched to show you this gorgeously boho DIY today! Perfect for the gypsy bride on the beach, it’d work equally well in the woods or under canvas, these little bottles can be used to decorate tables, to create a gorgeous guestbook area, or maybe you need just that little extra ‘something’ for your dessert table… Seriously though, you NEED this glassy gorgeousness in your life!

Oh, and did I mention you could be in with a chance of WINNING this little bottle set!?

Yah, simply head over to our instagram feed, twitter or facebook page to enter, or alternatively drop us a quick email at clare@festivalbrides.co.uk with one line as to why you think you should win!

The winner will be announced in a week’s time (midday  Feb 5th) and it’s UK only entrants please! So get sharing, retweeting or emailing!

Or, of course, y’all could do it yo’ fine self!

Props to the gorgeous people over at Old Bear Media for shooting this with us!

IMG_5861_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 IMG_5874_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 IMG_5882_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 IMG_5888_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 IMG_5870_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 I mean! They’re like BEYOND pretty, right?!

So, by now I’m guessing you’re dying to hear what y’all need to buy to get this DIY on the road, it’s pretty straightforward:

  • Glass bottles – we searched ‘Vintage aqua glass bottles’ there are a fair few sellers!
  • Chalk pens – we got ours from Amazon, they’re 3mm round nibs and wipe clean
  • Hairspray – whatever you’ve got lying around will do!
  • Clear acrylic spray varnish – we had this lying around in a matte effect, giving a lovely frosted final effect
  • Twine – embroidery thred works like a charm and is available in every colour you could think of!
  • Shells – again we got ours from ebay, search ‘cowrie sea shell charms’
  • Beads + charms – we used green Chrysoprase beads (again, ebay) and some wooden beads we had lying around, plus these bronze coin charms
  • Super glue
  • Scissors
  • Feathers  (to decorate)
  • Gypsophilia and/or foliage (to decorate)

And you’re ready to go!

IMG_5892_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 IMG_5899_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 IMG_5904_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 So, feathers and Gypsophilia are the PERFECT combination, no?!

Chalky Designs

Ok, so y’all are gonna want to do some serious research beforehand for your design ideas., so go hit up Pinterest before you even touch that chalk pen!

We tried out a little bit of everything. From cute phrases, to mandala style and Aztec patterns, to a bohemian feather design. The key is to try them on paper first with a felt tip pen of a similar width nib, see what’s achievable in the space available and play to your strengths! If you can’t make it work on paper, chances are you’re gonna find it tricky on bubbled, antique glass with a chalk pen!

That said, don’t be scared of some of the more intricate designs, so often they’re just a repeating pattern, built up of dots, lines and triangles, but they can produce the most stunning final piece!

A few tips for using chalk pens:

  • Get the ink flowing before you go anywhere near your bottles, a combination of pushing the nib down into paper and vigorous shaking should get your ink flowing pretty well!
  • You’ll need to shake intermittently throughout the drawing process, but try and make sure you’ve completed your current line, as the flow of ink will be heavier once you’ve shaken, it can make for a slightly disjointed design
  • It’s tedious, but put the pen lid on when you shake (she says, sat here, face and hair splattered in white ink!)
  • If you want your design a little bolder and whiter, go over your first line or dot immediately after having drawn it, if you leave it to dry a little before going over, you’ll find the dried chalk drags… Yah, talking from experience here!

…And if all else fails, keep a damp piece of kitchen towel close by, that’s the joy of wipe clean!

IMG_5907_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 IMG_5909_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 IMG_5911_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 Guys, we just love the font designs!

Add your names, your wedding date, your favourite quote, your wedding hashtag… Anything goes and they’re SO FRIGGIN’ CUTE.

Next up, if you’re doing your bottles well in advance of the big day (totally advisable) you’ll wanna seal the chalk designs onto the glass so they’re leaft water and scratch proof.

Once your chalk designs have dried and you’re definitely happy with them (there’s no going back after this, guys!) go ahead and spray the chalked side of each bottle with a good dose of hairspray from about 10cm away.

The hairspray simply provides a protective layer before you add the acrylic varnish, the chalk and varnish would otherwise react!

Note that at this point your chalk designs are still delicate, they’d still wipe off, or scratch off, so careful not to catch them with your nails (yup, I totally did that too!)

IMG_5918_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 IMG_5922_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 Once you’re happy the hairspray is dry (we left them 30 mins just to be safe!) find yourself a well-ventilated area, a surface you don’t mind getting a little varnished and go ahead and spray each design, again from about 10cm away and be sparing, it’s pretty effective stuff!

It’s worth noting that the matte spray varnish we used gave the bottle a frosted effect, which we adore, but a clear, gloss finish would leave the glass a little clearer. Take a look at the image below, the left bottle has been varnished.

IMG_5915_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 Cute hey?!

That ‘Washed-ashore’ Look

So the last stage is to add the super pretty, bohemian touches to the necks of each bottle.

When it comes to the neck of each bottle, although we love the look of leaving a few bottles naked, just for the sake of variation, as far as those that you decide to decorate are concerned, more definitely is more!

You’re aiming to achieve that ‘oh, you know, I just foraged these from the beach earlier today’ look, a washed-ashore vibe. Translated into practical terms, that means don’t tuck the ends of your string in, don’t worry if your string frays a little and don’t worry if your beads aren’t threaded symmetrically (in fact, actively try to avoid this!).

Just go to town with it. Mix and match your beads, layer up your charms and play around with different string tensions.

IMG_5895_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 IMG_5926_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 Two little tips: firstly, always pre-thread your string before beginning to wrap the bottle neck… It’s WAY easier, and secondly, always overestimate on twine, nobody likes running out of thread and loose ends are the new black, gals!

IMG_5927_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 IMG_5928_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 IMG_5929_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 IMG_5932_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 IMG_5933_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 IMG_5935_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 When you’re done, simply knot the string in place, and chop the loose ends to the desired length and dab a little super glue onto the knots to make sure they stay put (don’t worry if the glue appears dark/wet it’ll dry clear and string will return to its original colour!)

IMG_5936_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 IMG_5940_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 And all that remains is to arrange these pretty little delights however you see fit!

We added real authentic bird feathers, because hello, FEATHERS!

IMG_5890_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 IMG_5863_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 Or you could add a single sprig of Gypsophilia, accessorising with dried coral, grey boulders, simple white sea shells and the odd plain clear bottle as a lovely contrast.

IMG_5858_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 IMG_5871_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 IMG_5885_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 IMG_5875_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 IMG_5865_FB_BOTTLES_DIY_1800 Seriously though, we love them!

If you guys love them as much as us, then be sure to enter the aforementioned giveaway by heading over to our instagram feed, twitter or facebook page to enter, or alternatively drop us a quick email at clare@festivalbrides.co.uk with one line as to why you think you should win!

The winner will be announced in a week’s time (midday Feb 4th) and we’re looking for UK entrants only.

Any questions about the tutorial, please do give us a shout, we’re always here to help a sister out!

Peace + Love

Clare X

Three Totally Swoon-Worthy Gypsy Jewel Brands, Perfect for the Festival Bride

28 Jan

J14 Because, well just because every damn hump day needs a little sparkle to lift you up, a little fairy dust to push you closer to the weekend and well, we like ours in the form of seriously boho jewels.

Whether is super sultry gemstones from west coast America, boheme tassels from Barcelona or barely there pieces for the girl who doesn’t wear jewellery, we’ve got you, your bridesmaids and your honeymoon collection totally sorted, doll!

Just a little warning: PREPARE. TO. SWOON.

Jacquie Aiche

OMGSH.

Like, I don’t know whether to sit and stare, fist pump into thin air or lie down for fear of fainting; this must be THE sexiest jewellery line.

I can’t even… Y’all just need to just take a look before I lose my sh!

J5 J13 J1 j2a J2    J3  Right?! And how awesome is that twist on a crescent moon pendant? We just adore that shape, however it comes!

Tourmalines, rubies, moonstones, aquamarines, sapphires, chrysoprase… Whichever stone you choose to adorn yourself with, Jacquie’s pieces are exquisite, empowering their wearers and leaving them wanting more of this sublime beauty.

Jacqui herself writes:

A woman’s natural beauty can be illuminated with the right piece of jewelry, and that is my mission. To create jewelry that will make every woman look and feel uniquely beautiful

Um, mission well and truly accomplished, honey!

J4 copy J11 J6 For real, though.

They’re just so exotic! It’s no wonder really, raised in a multi-cultural home with both Egyptian and American parents, Jacquie’s signature style is the unlikely combination of these two rich heritages. Merging Native American turquoise relics, fossils and, of course, precious gemstones, with Middle Eastern vibes: amulets, goddess imagery and hammered gold… This is the drive behind Jacquie’s design philosophy.

It’s ceremony perfect, wedding night perfect (like seriously, he’s gonna lose it!) and of course, it’s THE perfect honeymoon wear.

J7 J8 J9 J10 J12 UH-MAZING.  This was my favourite find this month – for sure!

Described as: ‘The sartorial embodiment of ethereal ease’ Jacquie’s work really couldn’t be any more Festival Bride perfect!

Can’t wait to see you brides rocking this brand!

Mimi Scholer

Oh. My. Heavens.

(Apologies for the overly punctuated statements throughout this write up, but COME ON, these collections deserve all the drama!)

Mimi: a German designer who’s lived and worked in Barcelona for the past 8 years and, quite frankly, has NAILED IT.

If you’re looking for exuberant, supremely beautiful understated statements, you needn’t look any further, sweetie.

M1 M2 M5 M3 Each piece tells a deep, thoughtful story; every precious stone, agate, quartz, amethyst, amazonite, every strand of silk and bar of gold sings a vibrant and organic yet, at the the same time, sober and elegant song.

It really is poetry. An heirloom piece, for sure.

M4 M6 M7 M8 M9 You can view a vast collection of Mimi’s creations on her pinterest board and order by dropping her an email via her website. Every piece is crafted by hand in Mimi’s boutique, located close to the ancient Santa Catarina Market in Barcelona.

One word, SWOON.

Sehti Na

A pioneering spirit, Sehti draws on both tradition and imagination to create something unique and, BOY, do we love her for it!

So, I don’t know about you brides, but I find a bit of a paradox in myself when it comes to jewellery, a.k.a. I’m obsessed with it (no really, ask my husband!), yet I barely and rarely wear it (aside from my wedding rings!).

A jewel-less jewel lover.

Enter: Sehti.

It’s jewelry for women who don’t wear jewelry… Pieces become keepsakes and rarely see the bottom of a jewelry box… Her range of reference is eclectic… All of this is charmingly unobtrusive; a stellar mix of youthful spirit and adult elan  

- VOGUE

Subtle, stylish yet unobtrusive? Naturally, we love it.

S1 S2 S5 S3 S7 S4 S6a Now, if that hasn’t added a little sparkle to your grump hump day, really, nothing will!

Be sure to stop by our place tomorrow by the way, we’ve the most incredible beachy boho DIY for our crafty brides! It’s super-easy and SUPER-gorge!

Peace + Love

Clare X

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