Alright... wedding is over so I finally have time for a tutorial. I tried to take a few pictures while making the bridesmaids bouquets, but a lot of this is just working with the feathers and getting creative.
To make the "flowers":
1. I used silver thin craft wire for the center and either hot glued a rhinestone button (form etsy http://www.etsy.com/transaction/40911474) onto a long wrapped piece, or strung on a pearl
2- If using the pearl, I used three and twisted them together
3- This is what you will glue your feathers to. I learned that you want to "prune" the bottom downy part of the feather to give a cleaner looking flower. From this:to this:4- Hot glue the feather to the wire base(sorry, that feather was "pre-pruned" but you get the idea)
5- I usually attached four feather on all quadrants of the wire, then attached four more in-between them. Some feathers were not as pretty or as full as others, so add more if necessary.
6- Depending on the feather quality this can give you a rough lookin flower, so I trimmed the ends of the feathers to make it look a little cleaner.
And there is your flower. The quality of the feathers can really determine how pretty these turn out. The white ones I got from etsy (http://www.etsy.com/transaction/40901994) were much better than the bulk purple ones I bought from www.SmileyMe.Com
Once you have your flowers, start sticking them into a bouquet holder (can find these online or at Michale's, Hobby Lobby, etc.). You need to fill in the gaps. This is where you need to get creative. For the bridal bouquet I used a white marabou boa and just wrapped it in between the flowers and along the edges. For the bridesmaids, I couldn't find a purple boa I liked so I made loops out of purple ribbon and stuck those in between the flowers. You want these to be a little shorter than the flower height.
Also for the bridal bouquet I used some bouquet bling (http://www.etsy.com/transaction/40911475) and stripped coque feathers (http://www.etsy.com/transaction/38578429) scattered throughout. However I found you can "strip" the other feathers and it works just as well. I did that for the groomsmen boutonnieres.
My MOH wanted some lime green in hers so I put in some biot feathers (http://www.etsy.com/transaction/42552470). You can curl these with scissors like you would ribbon
There is no wrong way to make these, and you can use lots of different types of materials. Just look around the house or at other projects you have put together for the wedding already. The one thing I realized was that nobody even notices what the girls (or you) are carrying down the aisle. With all the time and effort I put into those things, that was slightly disappointing
BEAUTIFUL !!!!! Thank you so much for posting this, I was having the hardest time making my bouquet..you did a fantastic job .
You did a fantastic job! I am very grateful to you for posting this because I could not figure out how these were made!!!
Thank you so much! I'm going to try these too!
Wow these are amazing! Very different great idea!!
These are awesome! Thanks for the great tutorial also!
I really wanted to figure out how to incorporate feathers into the boquets but after seeing this , who needs flowers? my moh and I are making all of the center pieces , hair pieces etc and i must have feathers since peacocks are my color theme. thank you so much for posting this so that I know they can look beautifull, classy and a bit quirky!
About how many feathers does it take per bouquet? How many complete flowers are on each bouquet? And finally what size plastic bouquet holder did you use? I know a lot of questions, But they are beautiful and I would love to incorporate something similar for my centerpieces!
Each bouquet turned out a little different in flower numbers. For the bridesmaids I used a round floral holder (like this http://www.save-on-crafts.com/bouquetholder.html), but I would NOT recommend the green floral stuff; once you poke something into it, it leaves a GIANT hole so it is hard to rearrange items. With the round design I used a few more flowers. Plan on around 8-10. These were 2 1/4 inch diamters
For the bridal I used an angled bouquet holder (like this http://www.amazon.com/Darice-35385-Styro-Bouquet-Handle/dp/B003TFDQHW). The white stryofaom was much easier to work with, and the angled factor made it so you can use less flowers to fill it. I would guesstimate I used 8 flowers for the bridal one. I'm not toally sure what the size was for this one. I picked it up from Michael's craft store.
Get more feathers than you think you need. They are pretty cheap and they really vary in their quality. I probably only used 1 in 6 feathers trying to get the best quality ones. Also, stick with Etsy suppliers. They seemed to have the best quality feathers and their shipping is usually very reasonable.
what type of feathers did you buy off smileyme.com?
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