Usually when I see the three letters D-I-Y I immediately think to myself, there is no way I can do that. Many of the ‘do it yourself’ projects I see on wedding blogs are so involved, by the time you are finished you’ve actually spent more on time and materials than you would have just purchasing the item. That is precisely why Etsy exists. It’s a online retailer dedicated to the ‘do-it-yourself’ projects that you can’t do yourself. So trust me when I say, you can do this! These boutonnieres are simple and beautiful and very inexpensive. Hooray!
I knew I wanted my groom and his men to wear cotton boutonnieres, but I was having a hard time finding them. My sweet friend, and newly married gal, Leah had just finished with her copy of Handmade Weddings and passed it along to me. The book is chock full of wonderful projects on every skill level and the cotton boutonnieres seemed particularly doable. I bought the texas tallow (the little white berry looking things), lavender and floral tape from Save-On-Crafts. The beautiful fluffy cotton came from Floral Cotton, and I purchased the ribbon and boutonniere pins from Michael’s. Here is a step by step tutorial of the process. Let me know how your cotton boutonnieres turn out!! xox
Here’s what you will need for 14 boutonnieres:
- Cotton (I bought 24 bolls, because I, of course, broke a few stems)
- Texas Tallow (two bunches)
- Lavender (optional, 1 bunch)
- Floral Tape
- Ribbon (I chose pink to match the bridesmaids’ dresses)
- Boutonniere Pins
- Hot Glue Gun
the goods: cotton, texas tallow, lavender, floral tape, ribbon, and pins.
The DIY Bride’s Bible: Handmade Weddings
Simply wrap the floral tape around the texas tallow and cotton so it stays together. Then place a small dab of glue on the top of the stem to secure the ribbon and wrap ribbon from top to bottom and back up. Add one more dab of glue to secure the end of the ribbon.
Cut a separate length of ribbon and tie into a bow. I secured the bow in place with an extra dab of hot glue.
I made these two for our sweet ring bearers.
The whole lot! 12 cotton & 2 lavender!