Silk boutonnieres

I wasn't sure until just the other day what we were going to do for boutonnieres.  I helped my friend make her very cool burlap ones a few months ago, but I didn't put much thought into ours.

I loved these when I saw them on a wedding blog, and was so excited when they showed up in the Adventures in Dressmaking DIY Weddings Flickr group--one of you talented readers made them!

They gave me the idea of making something out of the fabrics I've been using for all the other DIY accessories.  My mom assumed the boutonnieres should be real flowers, but I somehow feel better about doing fabric ones.  Sounds a little easier on the day of, care etc, easier for me to make ahead of time, and goes with the DIY/homespun vibe of the wedding.

So I threw these together with some fabric scraps and a glue gun, and some sturdy cardboard for backing.  I made them up as I went along.  But I figured out a new way to make flower buds in the process, which was nice.

I had a few extra dupioni silk flower buds and put them on a slightly smaller boutonniere for our little ring bearer.

Slightly different from the other three, but all with the seersucker (with pinked edges) and ricrac-wrapped stem, purple silk, and yellow polished cotton.

The colors are so bright and saturated, at least on the white table there.  They should look a little less gaudy on the grey suits and in the natural sunlight.  But hey, they do go with the purple/yellow/grey color scheme!  The bouquets will be in similar colors but of fresh flowers, too, so hopefully they'll all go together.

And they cost me exactly $0 to make (had all the stuff already and the pin backs were like $1 for a pack of 25 or something, years ago), so I'm not too invested in them.

Here they are at the wedding!
Photo by Studio 623 Photography

(If you did any DIYs for your wedding or the wedding of a friend or loved one, I'd love for you to share them in the Adventures in Dressmaking DIY Weddings Flickr group!!)

2 comments

  1. What a great idea! I love all of them...I think I'm gonna do something like this when my husband and I renew our vows! Thanks for sharing!

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  2. I really love the smaller purple one, such a great idea!

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