- Different colors & types of fabric. Chiffon, organza & light fabrics worked best for flower-making. Lace & stiffer fabrics made for good filler between the flowers.
- Earrings, brooches & other jewelry from my great aunt, grandmother, etc. I had to buy diamonds & other “bling” for filler since I didn’t have enough to fill the whole bouquet.
- An 8″ styrofoam ball (Michael’s)
- A dowel rod. I made my husband saw it down to 8″ or so to make the handle.
- White straight pins
- Hot glue
- A taper candle & lighter (Or a tealight. Anything with an exposed flame is best)
- Pearl braided ribbon for the handle
- Pearl beads
- Organic coconut oil to heal the battle wounds I got from the glue gun, haha (;
How to Construct Your Fabric Bouquet
Insert the dowel into the styrofoam ball. I put it in on a slight angle so the bouquet would be closer to me when I held it, instead of sticking straight out. It’s hard to tell in the picture.
I used a sturdier white fabric to cover the styrofoam ball. I secured it with straight pins & hot glued the fabric in spots that was bunching up. Be careful, hot glue melts the styrofoam! It doesn’t have to look pretty. I added pink fabric to the handle & hot glued the heck out of it to the white fabric. The last thing you want is your bouquet to fall off your handle when you are walking down the aisle, hahaha. Not a great picture, but you get the idea.
I wrapped lace around the pink handle & covered the bottom of the handle in pearl beads. I wrapped a braided pearl ribbon around the edge to give it some detail.
Begin making your fabric flowers. I learned how to make mine here. Basically, you cut out different sized circles, make cuts in the circles to create petals & you burn the fabric around the edges. I found it was best to make a bunch of sizes then decide which ones look best when stacked together.
Once you have all your layers, stack them & sew them together to make a flower. I pushed earrings through the middle & pinned brooches on. A few of them I sewed a cluster of pearls or hot glued diamonds.
I pinned my flowers onto the ball before I hot glued them. I wanted the option to move them around, but if you are confident you can get right to gluing them.
I stacked circles of fabric & folded them together for filler between the flowers to make it nice & full. The perfectionist in me wishes I had done them at all different lengths so the bouquet didn’t turn out so circular, but I’m just glad I finished it!