Remember when I said that I had some "out of the ordinary" things coming up this week? Well, here's my first surprise! My new Twitter friend, Alexa, was kind enough to contribute a DIY lesson today that she, herself, used to create the whimsical bouquet for her own wedding coming up! We don't get to see hers, unfortunately...(those things have to stay under wraps until the big day, of course ;), but she does share her own advice for us, having completed the tutorial herself!
I'm really excited and grateful to have Alexa here today, because, let's face it, I'm not all that crafty myself!
DIY Lesson to Whimsical Button Bouquets
I know I'm still relatively young, but it's difficult to think of something more challenging than trying to plan a wedding while still caught in the throes of graduate school. People who have nothing to do go crazy planning weddings. People who plan weddings for a living go crazy planning weddings! I got my first taste of the stress that goes with nuptials when my fiance brought up a simple, but necessary topic: flowers.
I've been to conservatories around the world and taken biology classes, but do you know how many flowers there are in the world? At least a hundred - no, TWO hundred types! With different colors, and smells and allergies associated with them. This was quickly becoming the same nightmare brides have before they become zillas.
In an effort to calm my own nerves I pulled out some fabric and started fiddling around until I had produced a flower. It had taken about 30 minutes and looked great, so I thought, "Why not do the bouquet like this?"
I'm still working on the bouquet, but in doing so, I've become indoctrinated into the world of DIY bouquets. It's a great way to save money and add a bit of charm to your wedding, if you're into that sort of thing. Besides, if it doesn't work out, you could always go "green" and get some fair trade, dirt-grown flowers. I'm still in the process of making the bouquet (graduate school says hi) but here are some tips for doing it yourself:
Determine what your materials will be and look for coupons where you live. I went with felt because it is already cheap (29 cents/8x11 sheet) and, done well, it gives off a beautiful, but cartoony vibe that fits my fiance and I just right. I also already had tons of the stuff lying around from a previous project. One popular (and less time intensive) alternative is the button bouquet! I got this tutorial from the magnificent Dara at M&J Trimming and after trying them out, I can attest to their greatness! You will need:
- 22 gauge floral stem wires
- A pair of pliers to snip and tighten the wire
- 0.25 yard of 1" satin ribbon
- 0.5 yard of 3/8" ribbon of your choice
- Colored 12 pt card stock
- Buttons! (you can choose any style you like, but four-hole and two-hole buttons are the easiest to work with)
- Gem-tac glue
Instructions can found be here.
- Use a color wheel or other visual aid to help determine the color palate of your bouquet.
- Make sure whatever buttons you get, there is a good selection of sizes, you will be stacking small ones on top of little ones.
- Take special care when twisting the stem. A few knots will give a "natural" look but too many will just look sloppy.
Alexa Thomason is a DIY addict who lives and crafts in Chicago. An art history and photography graduate student, she enjoys spending her time going to concerts, traveling, and, of course, creating. Read more on her blog: Art Room Melody or follow her on Twitter: @lexathomason