- 3 years ago
- Wedding: March 2011
Alright… wedding is over so I finally have time for a tutorial. I tried to take a few pictures while making the bridesmaids bouquets, but a lot of this is just working with the feathers and getting creative.
To make the “flowers”:
1. I used silver thin craft wire for the center and either hot glued a rhinestone button (form etsy http://www.etsy.com/transaction/40911474) onto a long wrapped piece, or strung on a pearl
2- If using the pearl, I used three and twisted them together
3- This is what you will glue your feathers to. I learned that you want to “prune” the bottom downy part of the feather to give a cleaner looking flower. From this:to this:4- Hot glue the feather to the wire base(sorry, that feather was “pre-pruned” but you get the idea)
5- I usually attached four feather on all quadrants of the wire, then attached four more in-between them. Some feathers were not as pretty or as full as others, so add more if necessary.
6- Depending on the feather quality this can give you a rough lookin flower, so I trimmed the ends of the feathers to make it look a little cleaner.
And there is your flower. The quality of the feathers can really determine how pretty these turn out. The white ones I got from etsy (http://www.etsy.com/transaction/40901994) were much better than the bulk purple ones I bought from www.SmileyMe.Com
Once you have your flowers, start sticking them into a bouquet holder (can find these online or at Michale’s, Hobby Lobby, etc.). You need to fill in the gaps. This is where you need to get creative. For the bridal bouquet I used a white marabou boa and just wrapped it in between the flowers and along the edges. For the bridesmaids, I couldn’t find a purple boa I liked so I made loops out of purple ribbon and stuck those in between the flowers. You want these to be a little shorter than the flower height.
Also for the bridal bouquet I used some bouquet bling (http://www.etsy.com/transaction/40911475) and stripped coque feathers (http://www.etsy.com/transaction/38578429) scattered throughout. However I found you can “strip” the other feathers and it works just as well. I did that for the groomsmen boutonnieres.
My MOH wanted some lime green in hers so I put in some biot feathers (http://www.etsy.com/transaction/42552470). You can curl these with scissors like you would ribbon
There is no wrong way to make these, and you can use lots of different types of materials. Just look around the house or at other projects you have put together for the wedding already. The one thing I realized was that nobody even notices what the girls (or you) are carrying down the aisle. With all the time and effort I put into those things, that was slightly disappointing