My sister got married last year, and her wedding was a whole lot of vintage-y gorgeousness. It was beautiful! You might remember this vintage wedding mood board I made based on her wedding, her vintage bridal shower tea, and her DIY Juliet cap veil. Today, with tips and help from my sister and my mom, I’m sharing with you how we made my sisters exquisite bridal bouquets out of fabric flowers.
I think her bouquets turned out so, so pretty – it made me wish I had made fabric flower bouquets for my own wedding! Using this technique to make the flowers, the wedding bouquets looked almost real and completely unique.
We made my daughters some mini fabric flower bouquets in a smaller scale, and they were adorable! We still have these bouquets and I use them as decor in our sitting room.
Fabric Flower Bridal Bouquets DIY
What you’ll need:
- about 25 assorted handmade flowers per (large) bouquet
- of course, we used this method that I’ve written about previously to make our roses / peonies, and there are about 3 flowers per colour/type in the bouquet
- my mom made faux fabric succulents using mint green lining fabric and a method similar to this one
- the lace ruffled flowers were made by ruffling wide lace trim, rolling it into a spriral, and sewing to secure
- vintage (or vintage-look) keys for embellishing (these are the ones my sister used)
- floral pins (these and these are the ones my sister used)
- pre-made flowers for filling and sparkly brooches for centers of some flowers (she used this shop)
- feather boas to pluck feathers from (we used an off white and mint green one)
- an 8″ foam ball
- neutral fabric scrap to cover the foam ball
- a dowel (for the handle)
- lace trim and ribbon to wrap around the dowel and base of the dowel
- glue gun
- Cut the dowel down to the desired size you’d like your “stem” to be. Ours were about 7″ long.
- Trace the circle of the dowel onto the foam ball, cut a hole with a knife the size of the circle, and then dig down a few inches with a knife or sharp spoons.
- Glue the dowel firmly into the hole you’ve made in the foam ball with a glue gun.
- Cut a rough square of the neutral fabric large enough to cover the foam ball, wrap it around the ball, glue gun it in place, and trim off any excess.
- Use ribbon and lace trim to conceal the join of the dowel and ball, and wrap it around the dowel stem as desired. My sister finished the ends of her lace trim on the dowel by putting in a few pearl pins like you would on a real bouquet stem.
- Arrange your fabric flowers onto the foam ball as desired. You can use the floral pins to place the flowers temporarily as you play with the arrangement.
- Once you’re satisfied with the arrangement of your flowers, pull them out one-by-one, put a little glob of hot glue on the foam ball where the flower was, and then place the flower and pin back down onto the ball and hold it in place until the glue adheres. Repeat this with all of the flowers so that they’re secure on the foam ball.
- Glue brooches into the centers of some (or all!) of the flowers.
- Pull feathers from the boas and insert them into the bouquet where desired and secure with hot glue.
- Tie a vintage key to the base of the stem with some lace trim if desired.