Match your lovely wedding bouquet with this chic boutonniere for your groom and his groomsmen.
1. wooden awl or sharp scissors
2. flush cutters
3. premade fabric flower
4. clear glass sugar beads
5. a small bowl
6. 2 goose nagoire feathers and 1 fowl feather
8. hot glue
9. a bead or a vintage button
10. 6 inches of the florist’s wire
11. Fabric Glue (I used Fabri-tac) or PVA glue
13. floral tape
Remove the excess feather blades on both sides by gently peeling it off along the spine. Start removing the blades at least 1 1/2 inches from the tip of the feather.
Flip the feather to remove the excess blades on the other side.
Remove the excess feather fluff from the fowl feather.
Add some glue on the edge of the goose nageorie feathers. Just make a few streaks on them.
Sprinkle the sugar beads on the feather (this is actually my favorite part). Set it aside and let the glue dry for a few minutes.
Cut off the exposed feather spine 2 inches from the feather blades.
Bend one feather to one side with your fingers.
Place the feathers side by side.
Put the fowl feather to the other side.
DESIGN TIP : When arranging feathers and other components, it is best to arrange them on different levels (ex. one feather is higher than the other) to make it more interesting and to make each design component visible.
Wrap the feathers together with the floral tape to secure.
Bend each of the millinery berries. Notice that one berry is higher than the other. Arranging them on different levels make them look more natural.
Bend at least 1 cm / half an inch from the tip of the florist’s wire to create a loop.
Place the bent millinery berries into the loop, and then wrap it with the floral tape. Creating a loop with the florist’s wire makes it easier for you to wrap the berries.
Add the next millinery berries an inch below, and then wrap it with the floral tape.
Wrap the wire with floral tape 2 1/2 inches from the berries. Cut the excess florist’s wire.
Place the berries beside the feather boutonniere base. It looks best if you have the berries lower than the feathers.
Wrap the millinery berries into the feather boutonniere base.
Place the premade fabric flower into the other side of the base. Wrap the premade millinery flower into the boutonniere’s base.
Get the other half of the florist’s wire, and then insert the bead.
Bring the bead into the middle of the wire, and then bend both ends of the wires downward.
Twist the wires as close to the bead as possible. Use your finger to guide the wires while you’re twisting it with the bead. Twist the wires all the way to the end.
Wrap the twisted wire stem with a floral tape.
Poke the center of the fabric flower with the wooden awl. You can substitute the awl with small pointed scissors or just cut a slit at the middle of the fabric flower cabochon. Insert the beaded stem into the hole that was punched by the wooden awl.
Hot glue the base of the bead so it will secure into the fabric flower.
Bend the stem downwards, and then bend the other end of the wrapped stem upward. The length depends on how long you want the stem to show up into the finished boutonniere.
Attach the fabric flower into the boutonniere. Place it under the berries, the premade flower, and the feathers.
Wrap the fabric flower into the feather boutonniere base.
Add a pin to attach it on your groom’s suit.
Now you have a chic fabric flower boutonniere for your dashing groom!