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June 24, 2012#

DIY Boutonniere

Whether you have a DIY wedding, are looking to save some money here and there or just like easy craft projects, today’s blog post is for you!  Any budget can be stretched by flowers but you can cut a few corners by making the boutonnieres for the men in your party…especially if they aren’t flowers!

With the summer here, why not try dried flowers (which last longer and you can certainly make ahead of time).  These are perfect for a rustic, garden or outdoor wedding.  Dried flowers are cost effective and depending on the flower or plant, can last a really long time.  Dried twigs or branches (like beautiful white birch) are beautiful too.  Think about your wedding season and the plants that are abundant during that time.

Photo Credit: FayeMarie 

Feathers are also a great alternative and may even be more masculine than flowers.  Feathers in matching or accenting/contrasting colors from your theme is a good place to start.  Feathers don’t have to be ultra feminine or delicate.  What about pheasant feathers or another feather that’s been dyed or bleached?  The men in your party will appreciate you keeping them in mind here and thinking about their likes/dislikes and what best compliments their suits or tuxes instead of something that distracts from their overall look.

Photo Credit: SwipeLife

 

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Anne Designs

Berries or herbs are also fantastic and fragrant!  A sprig of rosemary looks great and the aroma of basil or mint are delightful!  You can add fun accents to add another layer of color: mini acorns, pine cones or seashells and sprigs of blades of wheat grass.  How about wheat or another harvest grain?  What a beautiful neutral color that adds such great texture too!

Photo Credit: Sarah Postma Photography

Photo Credit: Flower Arrangement Advisor 

For the peacock inspired boutonnieres I made, I chose the best feathers and trimmed them up a bit so the edges were a neat rounded shape.  I also complimented the purple tones with a purple-dyed dried wildflower accent.  I simply wrapped the two together with floral tape and then covered that with a matching satin ribbon.  I had fun making these and it was so easy.  An afternoon in front of the TV and I made all 8!

Photo Credit: Amie Schroeder Photography

What about paper flowers and accents or try your hand at fabric flowers if you’re good with a needle and thread or a sewing machine.  Whatever your fancy, remember: there are plenty of options besides real flowers.  The trends are endless but remember to keep things simple and classic.  Less is more.  And remember the wedding theme, location and colors.  Here are some photos to give you inspiration!

Photo Credit: Elizabeth Anne Designs

Photo Credit: My DIY Wedding Day

Photo Credit: Luulla

Get your friends & bridesmaids involved & happy DIY crafting! =)

~Kiran

 

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