25 May 2012

Week 21: Jubilee Garden Party - Part 1


So, it's nearly Jubilee time. I'm aware some people may not be that into the Royal family so maybe just re-interpret it as a summer/garden theme if you're not celebrating Liz's 60th?!

I am very much a fan of the Royals so in celebration I've prepared a 2 part, Jubilee extravaganza for you. There will also be a little giveaway coming up this Sunday so keep your eyes peeled for some teeny tiny goodies!

Jubilee Garden Party
Part 1:
Paper pom pom decorations

Part 2:
'Home Made' Victoria sponge

This was really intended as a test run for a project later in the year but I was pretty pleased with it so thought we'd give it a whirl. My Dad was the one that actually built the structure so if the instructions are missing any vital, technical information give me a shout and we'll pick his brains!

What I used:
Rectangular section of wood for the base
Packet of wooden BBQ skewers
Dowel rod
Wood glue
Small hand saw
Grass effect sheet
White paint
White, light weight fabric

What I/ Dad did!:
The beauty of the BBQ skewers is that you can make as many cock ups as you like while experimenting with your building technique as they're super cheap and there's hundreds in a pack.
If you want something a little sturdier you could use a thin dowel.

First decide on the shape and size of your gazebo. We went for a rectangular one, though you could try a square.
Mark out the four corner posts on the base, mark the same for a post either side of the front entrance and two more evenly spaced support posts along the back edge of the tent.
Using a small drill bit, drill a hole onto each post point on the base.
Now would be the moment to lay the grass sheet over the base, just make sure you pierce the sheet over each hole you've drilled! Alternatively lay the grass once the structure is in place, it's fiddly but not impossible. (Yes, I learnt the hard way!)

Next, take your dowel rod and measure the length of the gazebo, end to end. Cut the length x3.

Taking care to match up the measurements between the holes drilled into the base, space out the skewers against one section of the dowel. Mark and either glue the skewers in place or, if you're super confident, using a small drill bit to create pilot holes for the skewers in the dowel.

Repeat this for the front panel of the gazebo, ensuring the skewers are positioned evenly and allowing for the front entrance!

Wait for both sections to dry before gluing them in place on the base.

Decide what pitch you want the roof of the gazebo to be before measuring and marking on the final piece of dowel, this will be the middle 'beam' that runs along the top.
If I'm being totally honest Dad did this part by eye so apologies if it's not very comprehensive!
Starting with the back sections take the skewers (cut them down to length according to what pitch you wish the roof to be) and begin gluing in place. We used five skewers sections along each side of the roof.
It's fiddly but worth it, you will need to be quite patient and leave the glue to dry before adding the top dowel beam.Tidy up any rough edges with sand paper and give the whole thing a coat of white paint. I reccomend a Pimms to pass the drying time!

When your structure is finished and dry your ready to start covering it. I actually chopped up an old blouse of my Mum's. It was lovely and white and floaty and had lacy panels across the front which you can now see either side of the gazebo door way!

I only needed to cut three panels for the whole structure, one for each side of the front entrance, the third was cut to cover the entire length, roof and back section of the structure.

It doesn't matter of there's any wonky bits lurking in the structure as they will mostly now be covered up! I glued the fabric directly onto the dowel and supporting skewers, trimming any uneven edges as a I went. If needed you can seal any rough fabric edges with some tacky glue or fray check if you have it.

I attached the the final, large fabric panel at the front, covering up the raw edges of the front entrance fabric panels, this ensures the appearance of the front of the gazebo will be neat and tidy, I waited to fix the rest of the fabric in place until after adding the decorations.
So, that's it as far as building the gazebo goes! Hope it wasn't too vague!
You've now got the venue for your garden party, next it's onto decorations.

Paper pom-poms

I love the look of these full size, be it for birthdays, weddings whatever. I also love that the process of making them in miniature is exactly the same as the real thing. The key is to find the thinnest paper possible. I used tissue paper, but if there's anything even thinner, maybe origami papers (or even cigarette papers?!) use them! Your pom poms will turn out much 'fluffier' looking.

What I used:
Tissue paper in co-ordinating colours
Cotton or thin ribbon

What I did:
Cut 4-6 squares of tissue to equal size and layer them on top of each other.
Begin folding the the layers into a concertina, the same as if you were making a paper fan.
When you've folded the entire square, tie the cotton/ ribbon and secure firmly around the middle of the paper but not so tight that it cuts through the paper!

Fan out each and and now carefully begin separating the layers of tissue from each other.
When you've finished separating all the layers they should have created a lovely, full globe of tissue papery goodness!
Repeat as many times as you wish and secure in place with some tacky wax.

Ta da! Your gazebo is ready, the decorations are up, next week we'll add some party treats and of course bunting. You can't have a Jubilee party without bunting!

Well, I'm very excited, the sun is out I've a day of sorting, organising and some other top secret stuff that I hope very much to be shouting abut this time next week! eeeeeh!
In the meantime, have a lovely weekend, and if you can tear your self away from the sunshine this Sunday pop back to hear all about the giveaway goodies!!

1 comment:

  1. Ahh!! The jubilee scene is adorable! Nice job. :D