- 6 years ago
- Wedding: April 2012
The first thing you do is stack buttons into patterns you like. Honestly this is the most fun and the most time consuming part.
Then you make “flower stems” by running a piece of floral wire (I prefer cutting the long straight pieces into shorter lengths rather than unwinding and cutting the rolls of floral wire.) up one set of holes and down the other. You then wrap a tail of wire at the base of the wire and snip off any access.
I cut a piece of foam (block 2.50 at walmart in floral section – not actual floral foam because I didn’t think floral foam would be that durable and that it would shed). It was a big block that I cut into quarters using a kitchen knife. Then I shaved the sides (again with the kitchen knife) to make a handle that would be comfortable for my hand.
Then I just started jabbing in my pre-made stems. I started at the top and circled my way around and down. I tried not to put too similar of colors near each other. I went through all my stems and realized I needed A LOT more!
So more fun, more stacks, more stems, more jabbing. I cut the wire of some stems as I jabbed them in because as I worked down the side there was less foam to jab through.
When I was all done and looking down at my bouquet, I thought it was bright and colorful, but I was unsure of the size. It looked huge in my hands. Mr. 10 didn’t know either. So we staged a quick photo trial run. Luckily I had a white dress in my closet and a green sash. In the photos, I think my bouquet size looks about right.
It’s not quite done. I might fill in a few gaps with small stems and I want to drizzle some hot glue down it to stabilize some of the stems (I that will work, I am not sure). I will wrap the bottom in the same material as my real sash.
What do ya’ll think?