Little Paper Vee
Illustration & Paper Craft


DIY Hen Do - Night at the Races!

I recently had the honour of helping to organise a Hen Do for a very close friend. There were 14 girls who needed accommodation and food and drink for 2 nights, so the budget was tight and some DIY-ing was needed! Luckily I love a challenge and had some great helpers on hand. We did some really fun simple and cheap DIY's and I thought I'd share them here.


The bride to be was keen on a girly day out at the races, but with it being November, it wasn't possible to do. We decided instead to use this as a theme and I created decorations to fit it. Each lady got a 'races ticket' when she arrived with an itinerary of the activities and timings on the back, and I made some paper pinwheels rosettes for the walls to go alongside out other decorations.


We wanted a few simple and cheap group activities for the hen do, and as we were staying altogether in a large converted farmhouse building, we had a perfect space for organising our own. I was charged with leading a 'creative DIY', and I wanted it to be something simple but worthwhile. I settled on fascinator making to fit in with out 'Night at the Races' theme and it was a hit! 

We did the activity over a breakfast of bucks fizz and croissants. To make things simple I made individual packs for each person in advance so they had all they needed to complete the fascinator including thread, a needle, pencil and a piece of card for measuring, as well as a headband and feather and sinamay fabric.

You can buy packs like this online, but I put it all together myself to save some money. It took a bit of time but I would recommend it as a cost effective way of entertaining a group of ladies on a budget. The results were fab and we wore the fascinators out on our night out in the evening where we dressed up, and played some 'Races' games including a wind up toy race, before heading out to the local cocktail bar.

Although we had a mix of creative experience and abilities in the group, everyone was surprised at the result of their endeavours, and how easy it was to make such a fab looking headpiece. Altogether a pretty classy and crafty hen do! 

You can find fabulous paper pinwheel/rosette tutorials all over you tube and online, and I discovered the fantastic fascinator making tutorial (found here) through London based shop Petershams where I also bought all the fascinator making bits and bobs. Highly recommended!