I was a bridesmaid at my sister's wedding and the beautiful, professionally made rose bouquet I had fell apart. Real flowers also don't last, and I am a sentimental hoarder. I thought it would be nice if my bridesmaids could keep their bouquets.
Horrified by the prices, even online, of button bouquets, I had a go at making one myself. I couldn't be bothered to wire everything, so just got going with a glue gun!
Things you will need:
- Polystyrene balls
- Kebab sticks
- Tissue paper
- Paper flowers
- Other embellishments such as sticky pearls and resin flowers
- Glue Gun (of course)
- Put polystyrene ball on a kebab stick to make it easier to handle.
- Tie a loop of string around the ball and tie in a knot, leaving a loop for a handle.
- Tape it top and bottom to hold the string in place.
- Cover the ball in PVA and tissue paper (this is to provide a background colour so there are no white gaps between flowers). Allow to dry over night - the string means you can hang it up, the stick means you can stand it in a glass.
- Make your flowers using the buttons, paper flowers and embellishments. Make sure they are all different (you need about 100 to cover it).
- When you are happy with the mix, glue gun the flowers together.
- Glue gun the flowers to the ball when it is dry. Try to push the flowers up close together to avoid gaps and lift the petals.
- Finally, remove any stray glue threads (perhaps the most annoying job) and tie a co-ordinating ribbon around the string.
Cost per bouquet: