This instructable comes to you from the creative mind of the newly Mrs. Awajiman, who wanted to add a whimsical, personal touch to my groom's outfit on our wedding day.
Our wedding was held at San Francisco Airport Aviation Museum, an unexpectedly stunning and somewhat offbeat venue in the heart of the SFO international departures terminal. Since it is a functioning museum and library, there were strict restrictions on floral vendors and the type of flower arrangements that could be brought in, which led us to ultimately decide for a flowerless wedding.
Mrs. Awajiman made around 300 - 400 stems of felted ball 'flowers' to be used for centerpieces and decorations. She even commissioned a custom felt flower bouquet from Princess Lasertron who incorporated a few of our felted balls into the arrangement. The boutonniere was an added surprise that she squeezed in amongst the bajillion other DIY things we did for our wedding day.
Since we were on a tightish budget for our wedding, any DIY elements had to help us save on the expense of purchasing a ready-made item or ordering one from a vendor. For the felted ball boutonnieres, there were a number of advantages over going with a traditional florist:
- Total project cost ran around $10 - $15, with enough material to make 4 boutonnieres, making it a good option for large bridal parties.
- Low difficulty: 15 - 30 minutes of build time per boutonniere
- Easily sourced tools and materials
- Lasts a lot longer than a floral boutonniere. You'd be able to tack this on your tux well after you're no longer able to fit into it.
- Could be customized to any color theme.
- Convenient conversation piece when meeting new in-laws.
- Has that handmade, personal touch.
- They're kinda charming in their own way.
Step 1: Harvest Some Wool
- Needle Felting Kit: should include at least two (2) felting needles and one (1) foam brick.
- Scissors and/or wire cutters
- Needle nose pliers
- Wool roving: this is essentially dyed, unspun wool. A small package produces 6 - 12 balls, depending on diameter.
- Cloth covered stem wire
- Green ribbon: for stem wrapping (width: 1cm; or 2/5" - 1/2")
- Permanent double sided tape: same width as green ribbon. This is not double sided foam tape.
- Colored ribbon, felt leaves/petals, paper flowers, etc: for embellishment
- Boutonniere pin