DIY Fabric Bouquet How-To

Some of you dear readers have asked for more instructions for my fancy fabric bouquets, and although it took me absolutely forever, I have finally made it happen.  Now go make yourselves some crazy awesome bouquets!

fabric bouquets

Materials Needed:

Polyester fabric (I used a combination of poly chiffon and linings – anything will work, but it must be polyester)
Floral wire
Needle and thread
Candle and lighter or match
Scissors
Styrofoam cone (I used a 6″ cone)
Feathers (if desired)
Felt (if desired)
Floral tape (if you’re desiring feathers and felt)
Tissue paper or fabric
Ribbon (if desired)
Straight pins

chiffon flower bouquet materials steps 1 and 2

Step One: Begin by cutting four layers of fabric in a general flower shape.  I used three layers of pink and one layer of green (for leaves).  There is no need to make these perfect – the more oddball, the more natural they will look later.

Step Two: Light your candle and one at a time, gently hold each layer of your flower above the flame – focus on the edges and be careful not to get too close.  The heat will melt the edges and dimple the centers – play around with different techniques to create different shapes.

chiffon flower bouquet steps 3 and 4

Step Three: Cut a small slash into the center of each layer (your flower petals) then curl the end of a length of floral wire – larger than the slashes.  Drop each petal onto the wire.

Step Four: Grip the petals around the curled wire and with your needle and thread sew a few stitches through all layers, securing your petals and creating a flower shape.

chiffon flower bouquet steps 5 and 6

Step Five: To add feathers, simply wrap the end of each feather to floral wire using floral tape.  Couldn’t be easier and the feathers are so fantastic peeking out from between the flowers. For even more dimension, cut leaf shapes from felt and secure to wire with floral tape.  Gray felt makes a great faux Dusty Miller.

Step Six: Insert your flower, feather and leaf stems into the flat end of your cone.  Wrap the cone in tissue paper or fabric (a vintage hankie would be crazy cute) and secure with straight pins.  If you wish, add ribbon, also securing with straight pins.

chiffon flower wedding bouquest how to

Not too bad, huh?  The flowers are a little time-consuming, but they are also completely addictive.  And if it gets to be too monotonous, just keep thinking of all the money you will save.  I made five bouquets (and boutonnieres and corsages) for around $30.  Seriously.

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16 responses to “DIY Fabric Bouquet How-To

  1. Libby

    Oh… cool you did and expanded tutorial on these.
    Thanks a lot!

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  3. bellecoeurwedding

    Here’s how mine turned out: http://bellecoeurwedding.wordpress.com/2011/04/03/flowers-2/

    I just have to assemble the bouquets. I’m wrapping them in burlap and canvas.

    Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    Ginger

  4. I’m gonna try making these for my sister who’s getting married next year. Thank you soooooo much :)

  5. Thanks for this post fellow Chicagoan! I literally kill every plant I touch. I can’t wait to try these out.

  6. lisa scardino

    My sister and I are making these for her upcoming wedding in May…………..they are beautiful!!

  7. Good post. I certainly appreciate this site. Keep it up!

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  12. I love these! They’re so gorgeous :)

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