June 08, 2009
10:00 AM

How-To: Paper Boutonnieres


These whimsical paper boutonnieres are inspired by the blooms at Antoinette and Joshua's wedding (featured here last Friday), as well as these flower pins we spotted at Linda & Harriet. Use the same basic instructions to make bouquets, chair decorations, escort cards and anything else you can think of!

Cardstock in bright, fun patterns that match your wedding theme (look for repeating, consistent patterns)
Coffee mug (or any other round object to use as a stencil)
Hot glue gun
Buttons (choose colors that coordinate with your cardstock)
Straight pins


Step 1: Decide how you'd like to set up your flower -- we used the same pattern for the top and bottom layers and a contrasting pattern for the middle, but you might also want to use the same pattern for each layer.


Step 2: Use the coffee mug to trace a circle on the back of whatever pattern you're using for the bottom layer (this will be the largest flower). Draw a flower inside the circle, making sure each petal hits the border of the circle. Then, cut out the flower.

Step 3: On the back of the pattern you'll be using for the middle layer, trace the flower you just cut out. Use the inner edges of that flower to draw a circle, and then draw a flower inside of it the same way you drew the last one. Make sure this flower has the same number of petals as the first. Cut out the flower.

Step 4: On the back of the cardstock for the top layer (the smallest flower), trace your button. Using that circle as the inside, draw your final flower and cut it out.


Step 5: On each flower, fold the petals upward (start with the patterned side facing up). This will help them nestle together.

Step 6: Use a dab of glue in the center of the bottom and middle layers to connect all three flowers. Then, put another dab of glue on the top flower and stick on the button.


Step 7: Cut a small bit off the end of your sponge. Glue the piece of sponge to the back of your flower.

Step 8: To pin on the boutonniere, stick a straight pin through the jacket and into the sponge.
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