A bouquet that lasts a lifetime, I think that will be a good keepsake from your wedding and a nice giveaway to your bridesmaids. In this DIY bouquet tutorial, I will show you how we created practical, beautiful and themed bridal bouquets using non-floral materials.
I know I have left it a bit too long for this next post about our Autumn wedding project. I have been quite busy the last months and creating tutorials takes a bit more of time but I am here now and let us keep it going!…so now that we know how to make paper flowers, we can use those to make a ‘forever’ bouquet like I did for Hazel’s bridesmaids.
Following the same concept and procedures, here is the bridal bouquet I made for Hazel for her rustic-autumn wedding. I painted the pine cones with white water-based latex and inverted them to show the nice patterns. Instead of paper flowers, I used silk flowers that were ready made provided by the bride that matches her dress.
wires 1mm and 0.5mm
floral tape or masking tape
flat and cutting pliers
and any material you like to use for your bouquet like brooches, feathers, buttons etc..as for me I have to stick to the rustic autumn theme.
Step 1: First thing to do is to ‘add a stem’ to all the materials that we will be using for the bouquet. Just like what I did with the pine cones, hazel nuts and pearls. I also extended the other materials to make sure they are long enough to make the handle. Each stem be at least 15-20 cm long. I used a thicker wire (1mm) for most of them so they are more sturdy. I used the thinner one for pearls because it can fit through the hole and they are more pliable and easy to twist.
Step 2: Now we start by bundling some materials together, not so much only like 3-4 items, this will be your center. I started with small pine cones. Bundle them together using floral or masking tape. This will prevent them from getting loose or falling from the bouquet and at the same time it will keep your arrangement in place. Then you can go on adding more items around the center making the bouquet bigger as you go on. Just remember to add only a few items at a time and secure it with tape after.
Step 3: When you are already satisfied of the size of your bouquet and happy of how it looks then start wiring together the stems and cut the excess length, then cover it with floral or masking tape.
Step 4: To finish it off, you may add cloth or in my case I used burlap sack to cover the bottom and lace to wrap around the handle.