Five Creative Hen Do Ideas for Crafty Brides

30 Nov 2015

Calling all creative hens…whether you’d love to test out your floristry skills by designing floral wedding crowns, or become a fashionista by shoe customising, garter making or knicker customising, there’s bound to be a crafty idea to suit you with these options 

We know you don’t need much encouragement to craft given that DIY weddings are huge right now, but how about treating the hen party to a girls’ day with a difference?

Dust off your secateurs, needle and thread, or grab your favourite pair of heels and get creative with one of these hen do workshops that guarantee lots of laughs, memories and ample picture opportunities for the bride-to-be.

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Create your own floral crowns

Flower headdresses are stylish, a little bohemian and can be the perfect whimsical finishing touch to a wedding look, so why not make your own? Get bridesmaids involved and use either faux or real flowers to style crowns for the big day. A tutorial workshop with a florist will be a huge help, as materials will be provided and a professional florist will be able to guide you on flower choices.

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Leanne Dixon Photography
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Leanne Dixon Photography

London based? Try Blue Sky Flowers Real Flower Crown Workshop, £50, for expert tuition.

2. Knicker customising

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Ever wanted to design your own pair of panties? Well, now you can. Gather the girls and set your creativity alight by hosting a knicker customising party. If budget and location are an issue, it could be an idea to order an online DIY kit and pimp your pants at home. The Crafty Hen offers a kit with step-by-step instructions on a variety of techniques including appliqué (layering fabrics), and basic hand sewing.

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Attach bows, ribbons, lace and other decorative flourishes. They provide a personalised presentation bag for everyone to keep their pants in, as well as the basic pants themselves. Choose from three themes: Animal Magic, Bright and Fruity, or Cute Kitsch Florals. £21 per person.

3. Shoe decorating

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Bling up your boots or shoes at a footwear decorating workshop if the bride loves her heels. Rock My Shoes offers fun-packed creative options from decorating a pair with crystals (perfect if the bride loves sparkle), comic book shoe customising with Batgirl, Supergirl or Wonder Woman comic strips, or crystal Converse decorating for those who’d rather be in flats.

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Prices start from £39 per person.

4. Make a garter

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Honour wedding traditions and create something made from vintage materials (something old) and something blue by crafting a garter during a workshop. The bride-to-be will be able to sew her own, while the other hens make one for fun. At the Crafty Hen, the team covers the breadth of the UK, and will teach you how to make the garter and add trims, providing a selection of lace, ribbons and buttons. Choose from a standard or vintage session. From £32 per person.


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5. Design and create a fabric bouquet

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The downside of a floral bouquet is that fresh blooms don’t last, but fabric flowers do. Huddle your hoard of hens and have fun using textile flowers to create a unique bouquet for the bride. But why stop at the bouquet? If you’re adept with a needle and thread, make fabric flowers for wedding buttonholes, corsages and table decorations too.

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A creative and productive way to help with a DIY wedding. Try any of these options from the Crafty Hen
, where they match fabrics, buttons, lace and ribbons to your chosen wedding theme so they fit in perfectly on the day. £32 per person.