My wedding is coming up in less than a month, and I've been busy busy crafting many different unique personalized elements to make the big day beautiful. my latest project is the boutonnieres for the groomsmen. we have no floral elements in the wedding My wedding bouquet is made of antique brooches (pictures to come) and my bridesmaids are caring handbags not flowers. so it did'nt make much sense to have floral boutonnieres for the groomsmen, so i decided I would have to make them. they needed to be untraditional yet still elegant, I found the perfect solution.
When he proposed my Fiance surprised me with a two week trip to Disney World. While we were there one of our favorite activities was pin trading (http://disney.go.com/eventservices/whatispintrading.html
) we managed to collect almost two entire sets of these beautiful character silhouette pins. we decided these pins would be a great way subtly incorporate our mutual eat of Disney and our engagement trip into our wedding. each of our wedding party was assigned a character from the set and their boutonnieres were designed around the pin (the bridesmaids will have fascinators made in the same style)
I am really happy with the way they've turned out and wanted to share the process with all of you.
here is a list of supplies that you will need
first you will want to assemble all the pieces you are going to need to build the boutonniere
1. Cut a rough leaf shape from the page of an old book
2. Hot glue a piece of 19 gauge wire (roughly 3-4 inches long) to the bottom of the "leaf" and curl/crumple the "leaf" to give it some texture
3. Next wrap a piece of 19 gauge wire (roughly 3-4 inches long) around your contrasting feathers, use needle-nose plyers and squeeze the wire tight to ensure the feathers wont fall out. make two of these
4. to Create a branch of beads begin by stringing one bead onto a length of thin jewelry wire (roughly 16ish inches long) leave about 3-4 inches on one side for the "stem"
5. Use the remaining wire to twist around the bead to form "branches" continue to add more branches until you are happy with the shape of your bead branch.
6. Create a bead stick by stringing a small bead onto the top of a piece of 19 gauge wire (roughly 3-4 inches long). use your needle nose plyers to bend the top end of the wire (roughly .5 inches) over the bead and back down to meet the rest of the wire stick (this secures the small bead) then thread a larger bead onto the wire. push it up against the small bead so the hole in the bead goes over both the original stick and the top end you've just bent down, if you have small tail from the top end you've bent down, use your needle nose plyers to bend it up over the big bead a little bit to ensure the big bead doesn't fall off. (sorry sounds complicated it really isn't)
7. next wrap the stem of the bead branch around the stem of the bead stick to form one unit
8. now onto the pin (or whatever centerpiece you choose to use) hot glue a small part of the lace to the top back of the pin
9. Give the lace a small "dart" or "pucker" to allow it to bend around the pin, hot glue it into place on one side
10. Continue dart/puckering and gluing to each edge until you've wrapped the lace all the way around the pin. Trim the edges of the lace and glue any loose ends into place, try to make the two edges blend as seamlessly as possible
11. glue the decorative metal piece to the back of the finished lace pin
12. arrange the elements. start by arranging the bead branches and the book leaf tap the stems together
13. then add the feather sticks and tap them into place
14. arrange your group of stemmed elements on top of the feather, hot glue the feather in place on the back of the stemmed elements
15. hot glue your laced pin in the center of the boutonniere
16. lay your boutonniere over the fluffy feather so just the tips of the fluff peek out at one side. (ignore the fluff at the bottom it will get covered in the next steps
17. tape the fluffy feather in place
18. use the wire snips to cut the stems down to the desired length
19. hot glue one edge of the ribbon to the back of the boutonniere stem, wrap the ribbon several times around the stem
20. to finish the ribbon twist it and wrap it once more around the stem
21. bring the twisted end around to the back of the stem and hot glue into place.
22. trim any remaining ribbon and tweek the elements to your likinghttp://www.craftster.org/pictures/showphoto.php?photo=551011&ppuser=49951
and TADA! a beautiful unique personalized boutonniere
please let me know what you think. Questions, comments and suggestions are always welcome. If you find this tutorial helpful in making your own boutonnieres please post pictures i'd eat to see your creations as well!