A Hens party is an obligatory rite of passage for any blushing bride, but if a wild night of drinking, topless waiters, stomach-lurching shots and penis-shaped straws isn’t your idea of fun, then get together with your girls for a fun afternoon of crafting!
Not only will you have a precious keepsake to take home, but the bride will have a beautiful, personalised memento to remember the night long after the hangover has worn off.
The best bit? Fabric flowers are so easy to make, that even the most craft inept will enjoy this activity; even if they’ve never picked up a needle and thread before.
What You Need :
• Fabric: The fabric you choose can reflect the overall colour scheme of the wedding, or you can pick bright, fun and eye-catching colours. Remnants from fabric and craft stores are cheap, and you can pick up a mix of different textures. We used mint green mesh, linen, silver taffeta, white satin and cottons.
• Craft glue
• Needles and thread
• Stencil You could make your own stencil, but you can pick up a wooden stencil from craft stores for about $2.
• Sequins, ribbons, rosettes, buttons, lace, pearls and glitter glue to decorate.
1. First, pre-cut out all the ‘petals’. You’ll need about 7 – 10 petals per flower.
2. Then, starting with a base (a light-coloured cotton petal is best so you can write a short message to the bride so she knows who made what flower), sew the petals on one at a time. One or two stitches in the middle should be enough to hold them together.
3. Every few petals, sew some ribbon or lace if desired.
4. You can also give your petals ‘dimension’ by slightly ruching the petals as you sew.
5. Once you have sewn together your flowers, it’s time to decorate! Sew or glue on sequins, ribbon, lace, glitter, puff paint – anything you like to make it uniquely yours. Sew a clip or safety pin onto the back.
6. Repeat the process – make one flower for to wear as a broach or hair piece on the night, and one for the bride.
7. Once the glue has dried, sew or glue the flowers onto a sash or veil. Our bride loved her flowers so much, she decided that she would frame them in a shadow box so she’ll always remember the night!
8. When it comes to planning a crafty Hen’s celebration, the sky is the limit. You might choose to decorate a veil with ribbon, paint and diamantes, make hair pieces or some cute satin totes, or jewellery, depending on the craft inclinations of your fellow hens!
9. Top the afternoon off with a high tea complete with sandwiches and scones, or some pretty cocktails, and you have Hens night your bride will remember forever.
By Penelope Quinn from darnsexysecondhand.com.au