Like many budget savvy brides, I am not having flowers at my wedding. Well, that’s not totally true. My bouquet will be made of real flowers, but that’s it. No flowers on the tables, none for the bridesmaids, none for the groomsmen, none for the decor. Oh, the shock and the horror!
I’m actually really excited about it. Flowers are fickle and need to be cared for. My goal is the replace all the would-be-flowers of a wedding with things I can make ahead of time that won’t parish AND will be more cost effective. I also think this is a great way to make our wedding “ours” by coming up with our own approaches/solutions/ideas to each of these traditional items.
With this in mind, I present to you my pinwheel boutonnières! These are not totally novel and are all over Pinterest right now, so they’re on there way to being standard wedding fare. Here’s how I went about making mine.
Supplies for each boutonnière:
- Two 3.5″x3.5″ squares of scrapbook paper
- glue stick
- hot glue
- craft knife (I like this one)
- scrapbook glue dot (optional, but makes it easier)
- pin back
- white button
Step 1: Glue the two squares of scrapbook paper back to back so that you have double-sided paper. I suppose you could use double-sided scrapbook paper, but all the double-sided paper I found was either too thin (so it was flimsy) or too thick (so it creased when I tried to fold it). Two pieces of standard paper seemed to work just perfectly.
Step 2: Find the center of your square and mark a dot. Draw diagonal lines from corner to corner to guide your pinwheel cuts.
Step 3: With the precision slicer, cut 1.75 inches into each diagonal line.
Step 4: Place a glue dot in the middle. Lift every other corner of your diagonal cuts and bend them in them in towards the middle so that the tip touches the dot in the middle. I suppose you could do this with the hot glue if you don’t have glue dots, but I feel the glue dots saved me from burning my fingers.
Step 5: Put hot glue in the middle of your pinwheel. Press a button into the hot glue. Only touch the side of the button as you press down. This will allow the glue to go through the holes in the button and you’ll get pretty clear “beads” of glue in the middle. If you push in the middle (as I did when I made my first one) you will have a mess of hot glue “strings) and a burnt finger.
Step 6: Put a line of hot glue down the back. Attach the pin backing.
Tah dah! You have a beautiful pinwheel boutonnière! I can’t really give you a cost breakdown because other than the pinbacks, this is all stuff I had laying around in my craft stuff. However, I think I can safely say it is more cost effective than flowers!
For our wedding, the groom, groomsmen, and fathers are wearing them.
I also have a replacement for the corsages for the moms, which I will share with you at a later date!
Happy pinwheel making! 🙂
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