Rustic Vintage weddings are pretty popular these days. You see them all over the internet.
If you or a friend are having a wedding in this style, there are many DIYs you can do to save cost! After all, weddings are never cheap.
Here’s a simple boutonniere DIY you can make for the groom and his best men.
Here’s what you’ll need :
1) Burlap Fabric
2) Feathers of your choice
(Light/dark brown, white, black, green, blue works best for this theme)
5) Hot Glue Gun + Hot Glue
6) Pin to attach
7) Any dried flowers (Baby’s Breath would be a good choice)
Let’s begin by cutting up the burlap! Create a leaf templete (or do it freehand) on a paper for your burlap pieces (WITH the petiole – to attach better later).
Make sure you are happy with the size before you cut the burlap pieces out. Next, get your feathers and arrange them on top of your burlap. Use your hot glue gun to stick the feathers to the burlap. This can be a bit tricky. The trick is to either glue the quill/calamus OR dab the glue on the burlap where you want your feathers and push the feathers down gently. Please do not put your finger above the feather where the glue may be or you’ll burn yourself. The glue would seep through the feathers.
Be sure to remove the leftover ‘spiderweb’ from the hot glue. Apply some glue on the back of your buttons and push them in place. Then, to add your dried flowers, apply glue to the top of the quill/calamus and push your flower stems in. Don’t worry if the glue dries up to be too ‘bumpy’.
Now, it’s time to wrap everything together and attach your pin!
Find any dried hot glue spots that are too ‘bumpy’ and might ruin your wrap. Place the nozzle of the heat gun next to it and it’ll simply melt away. How magical! Use your hot glue gun nozzle to smoothen it. As you do so, get your string to start wrapping it with the melted glue. If you do not have any bumpy spots, just apply a tiny dot of glue to secure.
Tip : Try not to apply glue on the back of the boutonniere (unless it’s the ending piece of string). This ensures that the pin is able to slide in and out of the wrap smoothly. It’ll be hard to poke through dried glue and find the same spot after being wrapped.
Only apply glue to the front of the boutonniere ‘petiole’. I wrapped my string from the top curling down and back up again. You can end your string behind with a dab of glue or curl it as a decoration like this piece shown below. Lastly, get your pin (you can search for shawl pin) and slide them through the string. Give it a little wiggle if it’s stuck.
I like to pin them at a steeper diagonal so the whole boutonniere stays upright better. And that’s all for this tutorial! I hope you enjoy it!