Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Handmade Felt Wedding Bouquets Look Like a Fondant Confectionery Dream Come True!


Here's a little preview of my wedding flowers! I took on a huge project when I decided to make my wedding flowers by hand, but I absolutely love it. I've made about 60 flowers so far. The more I make, the prettier they get. My maid of honor says they remind her of frosting or some other edible confection. Mmm, that's exactly the look I'm going for! It's been so much fun to come up with my own designs. 
If you craft a lot, you probably recognize the rosebuds and chrysanthemums. They're fairly standard felt flowers, and they're very quick and easy to make. I use them as filler, and they make up about 2/3 of the bouquet. The real showstoppers are the heart daisy and pansy. They take longer to make, but they're very special. The loose petals on the pansy give the bouquets a touchable, unstructured look. And the petals on the heart daisy are so full and lush--each flower has 16 hand-cut petals. The lazy daisy is another filler flower, and the crazy daisy is a good way to use small scraps of leftover felt. I don't make many of those, but a few in each bouquet gives the bouquets more variety.


Best of all, when it's all done, my wedding flowers will cost $200. I ordered a 10 yard bolt of ivory colored eco felt on Etsy for $106. I bought another 2 yards of colored wool blend felt for accents from TaDaa Studio Felt for $23.50. Then I bought 432 pieces of floral stem wire from Save On Crafts for $37.


I do wish the eco felt wasn't so fake. It's made of recycled soda bottles, and the texture is like a thin sheet of fiberglass. Is isn't opaque, and it doesn't keep its shape well. Worst of all, thousands of tiny plastic fibers get into the air when I cut it. I probably shouldn't have worked on this while I had bronchitis! I set up an air filter next to my workspace, though, and that helps improve the air quality. The wool-blend felt from TaDaa Studios, on the other hand, is so luxurious. It's thick, soft, easy to sculpt into whatever shape I want, and it doesn't shed nasty fibers into the air. The eco felt was so cheap, but If I could do it over again, I'd consider splurging on a big bolt of wool-blend felt.

Overall, though, I love them. This bouquet isn't finished; I'm going to make a fabric collar and wrap the stem in the same fabric. I'll use leftovers from the fabric we're using to make table runners, to keep the look cohesive. But I just couldn't wait to share! What do you think?

8 comments:

  1. I kinda love this idea...and am actually pinning it now. I hate wedding flowers. They seem so wasteful and i am in no way an expert on them. I have been to so many weddings where they are immediately trashed at the conclusion of the festivities and it makes me so incredibly sad. I was already toying with the idea of a broach or homemade bouquet for my someday wedding. I am now pinning this idea bc it seems perfect! Thanks for the inspiration. I LOVE IT!

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  2. Neat idea! They look great, too!

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  3. These flowers look absolutely beautiful, what a cool idea!

    Adrienne
    What Lola Wants

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  4. these are so pretty! with talent like this you will be making your own fondant wedding cake soon enough ;-)

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  5. They do really look like fondant! So yummy! (and the broach you shared before, SOCUTE!) Can't wait to see how beautiful it all looks together on your big day!

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  6. These are beautiful!!! Awseome job! ! Is there a book for tutorials or a web page?? I want to make my wedding flowers too!!

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    1. Thank you!! There are a lot of tutorials online for making felt flowers. I got started by Googling "felt rose tutorial" and "felt chrysanthemum tutorial." Originally I made felt flowers to decorate wreaths, and then we got engaged and the whole thing got out of control... :)

      Once you get the hang of making felt flowers, attaching the stems is easy. I wrote a tutorial about it, and you can find it here: http://www.librariantellsall.com/2013/06/how-to-make-felt-flowers-on-stems-for.html

      And when you're ready to make your flowers on stems into a bouquet, Princess Lasertron has a great tutorial on felt flower arranging: http://princesslasertron.com/2013/04/how-to-arrange-and-wrap-a-felt-flower-bouquet/

      Hope that helps!

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