So I knew that we were definitely not having ‘real flowers’ in the wedding.  Themewise we wanted to incorporate our cats, purple and dragonflies.  I had already designed our save the dates and our invitations and was not really able to incorporate the dragonflies as intended, so I thought it would be great if I could do that with the boutonniere.

Beaded Dragonfly

Materials

  • purple 28ga beading wire
  • various purple beads
  • Bent Nose Pliers
  • Wire Cutters
  • Thicker ga sturdy wire
Boutonniere Dragonfly Production Line - Beaded Purple Wirework Dragonfly

Beaded Purple Wirework Dragonfly – Close Up on My Very Used Cutting Board – repurposed for Craft not food!

beads I used are a purple semi-prescious glass sphere, same glass but a rectangular cylinder bead, some plastic faceted beads of varying sizes and 2 seed beads with large holes.

I used this tutorial here as my main guide – from Mom and Daughter Creative Bloggers at She Is.  But when I was searching for it to show you the link I also found this one from the Wireworker’s guild which is along similar lines and has a similar look to how mine turned out.

Boutonniere Dragonfly Production Line - Beaded Purple Wirework Dragonfly

Boutonniere Dragonfly Production Line – Beaded Purple Wirework Dragonfly

So step 1 is to make a little army of beaded dragonflies  with the materials you have by following one of the tutorials above.
The She is tutorial is for a pendant and it does talk you through adding the dragonfly to a chain which I did not do.  My sturdy wire was silver not purple so I decided to cover mine entirely with the wrapped purple wire which is also different.  My wire was also much thinner so I wanted some extra stability for the wires crossing over each wing, so the wrapping added this.

I wanted each of our ‘guys’ in the wedding party to have one and also made one for Al and my parents. I needed 8 of  them.

They took about an hour or so to make (one), I made a set of each of the wings and took the thin gauge wire with me so I could wire the wings during breaks at work.

So my vision for the boutonniere was a tiny sprig of plant matter growing out of those tiny glass vials you see in the craft stores and the dragonfly flying over the sprig of plant matter.  Can you see it in your head?

Boutonniere Prototype

Boutonniere Prototype

This was my protoype I am showing you this, because the final staged photo looks awesome (well I think they do) but this was the first one.  There is a stray bead in there, I didn’t wrap the foliage parcel, the tissue paper balls in the bottle don’t look great, I didn’t like that pale green muslin leaf. Thought the cardstock and hessian leaves weren’t cut smooth enough. All sorts of little things I didn’t like and ended up changing, I was very happy with the final ones though, so if at first you think meh… it’s not that bad!

Boutonniere

Materials

  • hot glue gun
  • pieces of foliage – I used cardstock cut in leaf shapes, some pale green muslin cut into leaf shapes (which I removed later cos I didn’t like it), some jute cut in leaf shapes, some leaf cardboard scrapbooking embellishments, silver skeleton leaves
  • buttons or beads
  • green tissue paper
  • teeny glass vials
  • pieces of sturdy wire (for a stake to attach the dragonfly with)

Step 2 – wrap a short piece of your sturdy wire with green tissue paper strips (you could use florist tape, or green painters tape, or buy green florist wire. glue the dragonfly to the stake

Boutonniere Bottle - Steampunk Glass Vials Filled with Rolled up Tissue Paper

Boutonniere Bottle – Steampunk Glass Vials Filled with Rolled up Tissue Paper

Step 3 – fill your teeny glass vials with something – I rolled up tiny pieces of green tissue paper into balls and used that.  I also tried filling with seed beads but decided I preferred the look with the rolled up tissue paper. The vials I bought were in a pack of 3, you got one circle, one heart shaped and one regular shaped mini apothecary style vials in real glass with a little copper wire wrap around the neck and a cork stopper, I ditched the cork stoppers.

Boutonniere Foliage

Boutonniere Foliage

Step 4 – Create your bunch of Foliage.  I arranged the leaf shapes into an order I liked and hot glued them to each other.  I used some purple mini ric rac to emulate sprigs of plants, and also glued some large green glass seed beads onto a couple of strips of silver beaded trim I bought on a roll.  After I already made and photographed these I found some silver leaf skeletons in a pack in the scrapbooking section at k-mart, they were being chucked out for about $2 for 20 leaves and were perfect for my arrangement, I placed them behind this stack.  The buttons are from a pack of various sized buttons in a green from beutron, I think it was 500g assorted buttons in a pack from Spotlight.

Step 5 – Wrap the foliage into a cone shaped parcel with the dragongfly on a stake in it with some sort of fabric/ribbon (i used ric rac) and glue together.  Imagine the foliage is the top of the icecream you want to create a cone by wrapping part of the bottom of the foliage and the dragonfly on its stake in the cone.

Step 6 – fill the neck of the glass vial with hot glue and stick your cone inside it hold till glue sets (~10 seconds).  The bottle does get a bit warm for this, but I didn’t burn myself (not from this part anyway!)

Beaded Purple Wirework Dragonfly Boutonniere With Glass Vials and Skeleton Leaves

Beaded Purple Wirework Dragonfly Boutonniere With Glass Vials and Skeleton Leaves

Here they are in action on the day, our best man is getting his pinned on him by his wife and my baby brother (Man of Honour) is wearing his in the background.

Boutonniere in Action (photo by Linda Tobitt)

Boutonniere in Action (photo by Linda Tobitt)

I am happy to answer any questions if you want anymore info on these.

Good Night

Wherever you are!

Wedding Craft Disclaimer Thingie…

I did a lot of crafting for our wedding.  A lot.  In most cases (this is true for Australia, it may or may not be true elsewhere) I don’t necessarily think this was the budget option.  In some cases it was definitely the more costly option (especially if you factor in your time and any other poor souls who you have roped into crafting for you). I loved doing it, planning it and executing it.  To a certain extent I would even say I loved the stress associated with worrying about whether or not it would be done or it would be done on time.

Do what you love, because you love it (as a couple or on your own if your partner is one of those, “I just show up and look pretty right?” peeps).  This is probably not going to be super useful if you need to make honey without paying for the bees (sorry!).