I absolutely love posting DIY wedding projects, especially if they are well written and easy to follow. So it’s thanks once again to DIYWedding.org for allowing me to share this super DIY wedding Burlap Boutonniere with you.
Over to Mette Morgan (co-founder and editor of DIYWedding.org).
How to make wedding burlap boutonnieres with feathers
“Boutonnieres are so beautiful and an important part of the grooms wedding jewelry on his Big Day. On my own wedding day I saw how very proud and incredibly special my husband felt wearing his boutonniere!
It’s not as difficult to make boutonnieres as you may think and making your own may well save you a lot of money – in particular if you need several boutonnieres.
In this article I will show you how I made the wedding burlap boutonnieres on the photo using mainly fabrics and a few guinea fowl feathers. When using dried flowers, fabric, feathers, ribbon, buttons etc. for your boutonnieres you can prepare everything well ahead of the wedding and save one of many “last minute” wedding preparations. The more projects you have been able to prepare ahead of your wedding day the better it is – especially if you are doing lots of other DIY projects.”
To make the boutonniere on the photo you will need the following materials and tools:
- Muslin (1 strip 24-36” long and 2.5” wide)
- A bit of lace ribbon (7.5” long – placed about 5” in on the strip)
- A pair of scissors
- Cotton string
- Sewing needle
- A small piece of burlap
- A cocktail stick
- Jute twine
- Two small feathers (Guinea fowl plumage feathers)
- A safety pin
Here is how to do it:
“I started by cutting a piece of muslin approximately 2.5” wide and 24-36” long – the length really depends on how large you would your flower to be. My strip was 36” long but I trimmed a bit off it at the end.
I then folded the strip of muslin in half lengthways without pressing it and sewed along the open edge to the close it.
To add a bit of detail and a romantic look to my flower I sewed a piece of lace ribbon onto the muslin strip approximately 5” in from one of the ends of my muslin strip (see the photos below).”
“TIP: You can make boutonnieres using fresh flowers, dried flowers or no flowers at all. If you would like to make your boutonnieres using fresh flowers it is a super good idea to make up a “prototype” some months ahead of your wedding day. It’s an excellent way to experiment with different flowers and colors so you can achieve the look you wish and you may also avoid any last minute panics.
When you have settled on a ’boutonniere design’ take some photographs of the end result and print them out for reference come the Big Day – in particular if you are not the one making the boutonnieres on the day. This will save you heaps of time and potential last minute stress trying to work out what you decided on. If you use fresh flowers remember to make your boutonnieres at the very last moment – at the earliest the day before your wedding day. Store them in the fridge up until the very moment they are ready to go on the jackets/shirts. This way they will keep fresh the longest.”
Below: Two pictures of the same boutonniere. One with Guinea Fowl feathers and one without – two completely different results!