Remember the tutorial about making fabric flowers? Wondering what to do with 'em? Well here it is! I used my fabric flowers to make boutonnieres and corsages for the groomsmen, dads, moms, grandparents, and other important people in the wedding. Here's how to do it!
-Flower (the ones you made already!)- for the tutorial on these, click here!
-Needle nose pliers/Wire cutter
-Greenery (two small sprigs- I actually separated these from a larger bunch- more bang for the buck)
-Beaded wire (pre-made), or other little pretty thing (hair clips work well, or buttons... get creative!)
Step One: Add Greenery
I left a long wire on the flowers, because I didn't know how much wire I would need in the end. To add the greenery, I pulled little sections off of my bigger sprig. The leaf sections of my fake greenery have a hole in between the leaves- perfect to string onto the wire! I used two leaf sections for each boutonniere. Push up the greenery to meet the flower, so it looks like this:
Step Two: Add Beaded Wire (Or whatever you've decided to add)
I then took two of the pre-made wires and lined them up on either side of the flower, making sure to keep the greenery pushed up towards the flower.
Continue to wind floral tape around wires about an inch and a half. This keeps everything more secure, and also makes your finished "stem" a little thicker.
Step Three: Trim extra wire
You'll end up with quite a bit of extra wire at this point. I liked having lots of extra because I think it made wrapping the floral tape that much easier- more to hold on to! But I didn't like the look of the super-long stems.
Then, I bent the remaining wire up toward the flower, making the "stem" the length I wanted.
Step Five: Prettify Beaded Wires
By this point, with all the taping going on, my beaded wires were pretty squished together. Using my fingers, I spread them out to each side of the flower again.
Then, I twisted each wire into a curl around my finger and pulled them gently to spread out the curl.
All Done! You can wrap the stems in ribbons, adorn them with sparkles... it's up to you! Be creative- they'll look beautiful and everyone will be impressed.