- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2011
I saw a similar bouquet on Etsy for $250 and fell in love, so I made one of my own! The directions themselves are pretty straightforward, and it certainly isn’t difficult. However, it is time-consuming, so this definitely isn’t a last-minute project! It’s super fun though and turns out beautifully 🙂
3-4 yards of fabric, depending on the size of your bouquet
A styrofoam ball (mine was an 8-inch ball)
Needle and thread and/or fabric glue
1. Choose a fabric (muslin or cotton is easiest) and cut it into 1-inch strips. We had fabric of a 36-in width, so we sewed two strips together to create fatter flowers.
2. Create your fabric rosettes! I learned from this tutorial: http://studio5.ksl.com/?nid=61&sid=8120153 Also, I sewed and/or glued every once and a while as I went along to keep it together!
3. Whittle your dowel rod so that it has a sharp point on the end and insert it into the styrofoam ball, making sure it’s even from all angles (mine looked wonky at first so I had to redo it – it was a pain). I also put some hot glue on the end to make sure it stuck in tight!
4. When you have quite a few of your flowers done, begin placing them on the styrofoam ball, inserting a corsage pin down through the center of the flower to hold it tight. Push the flowers in tightly next to one another as well. Continue until the ball is covered.
5. You’ll probably have some gaps. I made small rosettes to stick in the larger gaps, and for the smaller ones I just folded up some extra fabric strips accordian-style and hot glued them in. Just make sure you make the fill-in pieces thick so that your bouquet looks uniform.
6. Wrap the dowel rod with the ribbon, hot gluing as you go along. Add a bow if you like!
And viola! You have a gorgeous and unique bouquet that won’t wilt and die after you say your I-do’s!