Yes, another DIY project.
One boutonniere is included with our wedding package, but I wanted to have something for the dads and best man. And then, when I started making them, I could not stop! So now I have more than necessary, but that is okay; now we have choices! And the grandfathers who come to the Alberta reception can wear one too.
To start out with, I had envisioned a single sea shell, with maybe a knot of raffia around it. Each man would have a different type of shell. Simple, right? Well, one weekend a friend of mine – a very creative friend, who is also getting married this year – came to visit. We decided to spend one afternoon doing “wedding stuff”, and she brought along a young teenage girl she was babysitting. This was the day I decided to create the diy boutonnieres.
What started as simple, quickly evolved into something more creative. Each one is unique, since there were three of us creating, and many I would not have even thought to put together. It was a very fun afternoon, and now we have so many to choose from!
These are REALLY simple. I had lots of shells that I accumulated from vacations and craft store (and dollar store) sales. I also had pin backs, again from an old project years ago, but I know that you can get them at dollar stores and craft stores too. They come in pretty large packs. Then all you need is a glue gun.
- Step 1: Put the shells in the order, placement, design that you want.
- Step 2: Use hot glue to join them together.
- Step 3: Hot glue a pin backing to the back.
That is it. Seriously.
A tip: If you have an odd-shaped shell, I have heard you can put a piece of felt or cardboard or something between the pin back and the shell. We didn't do this, so I am not sure it is really necessary.
And here they all are together:
So there you have it. This project was free for me, since I had the materials before, but if you were to buy everything (except the glue gun) you would probably spend about $5.
What do you think? Are the fellas at your wedding wearing boutonnieres?
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