How To Decorate Wedding Crutches

Hello everyone. Today is my wedding day! And to tide you over in my absence while I’m busy becoming a Mrs and honeymooning, I’ve finally put together this post on how I decorated my old, scuffed grey crutches for my wedding. I promise I’ll post pics of the dress and me n hubby when I get back 🙂

When I did a search on how to do this, I came up with a blank. It’s one of the few times an internet search has failed me. On all the relevant forums, everyone advised you to postpone the wedding until you no longer need crutches. In my case, this would never happen (not without great leaps forward in technology, lol.) And so, the idea for this post was born.

So, here’s how to get from old scuffed crutches to this …

1. Take your old crutches …

2. Take your double-sided sticky tape …

This needs to be strong. I bought mine via ebay.

3. Wind the tape around your crutches …

* Don’t wrap the handle. The material on my handles reacted to the sticky tape, and I ended up with a wet mess. I had to remove the tape and sugar-soap it. The ribbon wraps fine without the tape. (You could wrap the tape straight to the crutches if you wanted. I’m a belt and braces kind of a gal, though, and wanted to make sure it stuck!)

*Once your tape is on, carefully peel off the paper to expose the sticky tape.

4. Now wrap your satin ribbon around the crutch …

I bought this from ebay.
Take care to keep the ribbon straight and don’t twist it or let it crease.

5. Cut the end of the ribbon with a heated ribbon cutter …

The ribbon cutter will stop it from fraying. You don’t want to cut it with scissors as it will leave you with a tattered end.
You can pick up a ribbon cutter in most craft stores or from the likes of Amazon and ebay.

6. Take your organza flowers & superglue …

*Turn the flower wrong side up and apply a small dab of superglue.
* I bought my flowers from … you guessed it(!) … ebay.
*The superglue is general household glue.
*I used a cleanable mat for glueing to protect my work surface. You can pick one up from most craft stores or the likes of Amazon and ebay.

7. Stick your flowers one at a time over the wrapped satin ribbon …

You’ll need to press and hold for about 60 seconds.
**Take care not to glue your fingers to the flower!**
(Apologies for the blurriness of this image.)

8. Stick a flower over the join where your ribbon ends …

This helps to disguise the join.

That’s it! You’re done!

If you’re reading this post because you have an upcoming wedding yourself, then have a wonderful big day!

Please feel free to leave comments, but until I return from honeymoon, you won’t hear from me. I’ll be sure to respond as soon as I’m back. Thanks for all your support, everyone 🙂

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[And, finally, a disclaimer. I take no responsibility for any accidents, injuries, or mishaps which may occur if you try this yourself. In an effort to help other brides-to-be in my position, I have shown how I did it for myself and don’t prescribe what you should do.]

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Hello everyone. Happy Thursday. Today, I’m posting a book review from an ARC read via NetGalley.

The Other Half of Augusta Hope by Joanna Glen

4 Stars

Thanks to Netgalley and Harper Collins for this ARC of The Other Half of Augusta Hope.

Though I have given this book four stars, I have to say that the story itself merits a full five. Unfortunately, poor formatting and elementary mistakes such as not giving each speaker their own paragraph spoiled this read immensely. I realise this is an ARC and that many formatting issues will get taken care of before publishing—I would hope—but the dialogue paragraphing issues shouldn’t be here in the first place.

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I haven’t read Joanna Glen before and will definitely look out for her in the future. Thank you for a great read. 

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NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

5 STARS: IT WAS AMAZING! I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN! — Highly Recommended.

4 STARS: I WOULD PULL AN ALL-NIGHTER — Go read this book.

3 STARS: IT WAS GOOD! — An okay read. Didn’t love it. Didn’t hate it. 

2 STARS: I MAY HAVE LIKED A FEW THINGS —Lacking in some areas: writing, characterisation, and/or problematic plot lines. 

1 STAR: NOT MY CUP OF TEA —Lots of issues with this book.

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1 Star

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I had looked forward to reading this book, given that I love a good murder mystery. Sad to say, it just didn't deliver.

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NOTE ON RATINGS: I consider a 3-star rating a positive review. Picky about which books I give 5 stars to, I reserve this highest rating for the stories I find stunning and which moved me.

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