As you begin to slide into the second half of your twenties, your friends all seem to get married all at once which can leave you with a fair few hen parties to attend, not to mention all of the weddings. You can end up having some very expensive summer months if you don’t plan ahead, but creating a budget can help with this.
The Monzo app has some handy ‘savings pots’ which I have found to be SO useful when putting money aside for hen parties and weddings this year. (If you don’t already have a Monzo card, you can sign up using this referral link and get £5 for free towards your summer fund!)
You can be sure that your best friends would never want you to get into debt over gift-giving and attending these special events, but a thoughtful gift goes a long way, especially when love is in the air.
I was asked by my best friend to be her maid of honour, and last weekend was her hen party- I’d been planning everything for weeks and wanted to make sure that the venue was decorated perfectly, with lots of fun thrown in. I know she loves a good doughnut, and so when I saw Lisa from Living Thrifty showing how to make a doughnut wall on Instagram, I knew I had to give one a go myself.
They are pretty easy to make once you get the hang of it (but not going to lie, I had a lot of help from my mum!)
You will need:
- Wooden frame with backing
- Spray paint
- Wooden rods
- Tape measure
- Sand paper
- Chalk pens
Find the frame
I was very lucky that my mum had an unloved wooden frame in our shed that I could use for this project, but I know that she had previously found this in a charity shop for a few pounds. It originally had some clear shelves inside but we just slid those out. Check out my post about the best charity shops in West London to give you some idea of where you could head to find something similar yourself.
Make sure that the frame is strong and can securely be propped up against a wall, once the doughnuts are hung on the frame it will be fairly weighty so this is important.
If you’ve managed to find something second hand, give the frame a good wipe down before you move onto the next step.
If you can’t find a suitable frame in a charity shop, head to your local hardware shop and purchase a piece of wood which will do a very similar job.
Get your measurements right
Decide how many doughnuts you want to display, and then divide the board up into sections using a tape measure and pencil and decide where you want to place the wooden rods- it’s important to get this right, so you might want to buy some doughnuts (or bagels in my case!) to make sure you have enough space between each rod.
You will also need to consider how long you want the rods to be- think about how many doughnuts you would ideally like to hang on each rod. I only hung one doughnut on each rod, but you could hang two if you have more guests attending your party.
Mark the rods with a pencil and then you can either chop or saw the rods to the desired length. After they have been chopped, go over the ends with some fine sandpaper to get a smooth finish.
Secure the rods
This is perhaps the trickiest part of all- and the part I was completely useless at (did I already mention my mum helped me loads on this project?!). You need to hammer in the nails from the back of the board, making sure that the nail goes through the center of the rod. This will secure it in place, but you might have a few failed attempts so make sure you have some extra rods on hand!
Once you have all of the rods in place, it’s time for the fun part. Spray painting! For this project I used a glittery pink spray paint from my local B&Q which cost £10 (it is not sold online unfortunately but here is something similar).
You’ll need around 3 coats to ensure a good coverage, but luckily spray paints usually dry quickly which means you could do all 3 coats in one day.
(Optional) Create a sign
This step is completely optional, but you might want to create a sign with a pun to add some more fun to your doughnut wall. I went with ‘we a-dough you!’ but there are plenty of doughnut puns that you could use instead.
My mum found this chalkboard for me for 50p from a charity shop, and already had these chalk board pens at home which worked a treat.
You could use a piece of slate or paint a photo frame with chalkboard paint to get a similar look. My top tip for writing on a chalkboard (if you don’t have chalk board pens already) is something which I picked up in my waitressing days. If you soak a piece of chalk in water and then write with it, it will come out much thicker and clearer than if you used dry chalk- yep! That’s what restaurants are usually using to write and draw all those pretty specials boards.
The last step of all is to add doughnuts to the wall and surprise your friends with them! It’s a ‘hole’ lot of fun 😉