(It's also to distract you from the fact that I haven't yet posted any actual pictures from the photo shoot a week ago. Coming soon, I promise!)
Sometimes I get asked to make boutonnieres and corsages for weddings, which I love to do. For the photo shoot we did last weekend, I made up a few of these cute little feather boutonnieres that took me about 5 minutes total. I thought these would make a super easy DIY project that's elegant and a great way to save a few bucks at your own wedding! And NO glue!!! Yay!
Feather & Raw Silk Boutonniere for the Men Folk
What you need:
Find these at JoAnn's or your local craft store in packs of two. There's all different kinds of feathers, colors, sizes. Or if you're feeling extra crafty, grab your favorite feathers, strip away about a half an inch at the bottom, and bind together with florist tape to make your own pick!
A strip of raw silk
About an inch wide, 8-12 inches long. Make a snip at the selvage edge and tear away! Remove any long strands that get in your way along ripped edges.
A pat on the back (for when you're done - you did a great job and saved all that money!)
Start with the feather pick. If there is a little plastic loop at the bottom, go ahead and remove it. If you have too many feathers or it's too long, pull out or snip and shape the feathers to the size you desire.
A very handsome boutonniere that will last forever. Very manly, but not too manly. You could even embellish the groom's boutonniere by adding a little flower or a bit of greenery, or distinguish it by using a different shade of fabric. I love raw silk because it comes in every color of the rainbow, and has such a shimmery, lush appeal to it.
This project would probably cost about $5 for a quarter to half yard of raw silk, and about $1-$4 per feather pick, depending on what kind you get, so if you made 6 of these for the groom's party, you could potentially get away with making these for right around $12-$15! More money saved for honeymoon mai tai's. ;)