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DIY Boutonnieres

When I first saw these adorable boutonnieres, I had to ask Stephanie. exactly how she made them. She was very kind to share step by step instructions and photos but you can also find them on her blog.

DIY Boutonniere

What you’ll need:

  • scissors
  • glue gun
  • tape
  • paper & clay flowers (can be found at Michael’s Craft Store)
  • vintage millinery leaves. Purchased from Etsy seller Book Nook Creations.
  • binding ribbon (9 inches long). Purchased from Etsy seller Caramelos
  • accent ribbon (5 inches long). Purchased from Etsy seller Caramelos
  • charms & feathers. Guinea feathers were purchased from Etsy seller The Little Beadhive. Ginkgo leaf and clover charms were purchased from Etsy seller Charms 4 Design.

DIY Boutonnieres



Step 1: Start by trimming the excess fluff from the guinea feather base. Using the glue gun, hem the edges of the accent ribbon. This method works best for thick textured ribbon like I used here. If using a satin ribbon, try hemming using a needle & thread or burning the edges with a candle to prevent fraying.

Step 2: Gather (2) of the clay flowers & (1) paper flower. Arrange at different heights & secure by wrapping stems together. Add (1) millinery leaf. Wrap the wire base of the millinery leaf securely around the flower bundle. Add trimmed guinea feather to bundle & secure using scotch tape.

Step 3: Using the binding ribbon & glue gun, wrap around the base of the bundle, adding a dot of glue every two rounds or so. This will secure the binding ribbon, preventing it from unraveling while you wrap. Finish with a final dot of glue and press binding ribbon firmly to the bundle base.

Step 4: Tie the accent ribbon into a loose knot & slide over the bundle base. Using the glue gun, add a drop of glue to one of the clay flower leaves & firmly press charm to it.

Thanks Steph for being so thorough!

A Michigan Wedding!

What a lovely wedding I have in store for you today! When the invitation designer extraodinaire Tifany from Gourmet Invitations sent me images from this wedding I couldn’t resist. A vintage inspired wedding in Michigan (erm, where I got married too)? Yes, please!

 A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Michigan

 A Vintage Inspired Wedding in Michigan


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How to Design Vintage Monograms

Vintage Monograms

I have to confess I was never a huge fan of the modern day monograms, but I definitely have a special place in my heart for these antique designs. Jessica, who blogs for the NYPL blog, did a guest post on Design Sponge on how to create your own vintage monogram.

She shares tips on DIY vintage monograms, from this 1927 book How to Design Monograms by Elizabeth and Curtiss Sprague. This book has instructions and plenty of ideas to create your own monogram.

Vintage Monograms

The Spragues explain that a well-designed monogram will exhibit “proportion, rhythm, fine spacing, and unity. And to that end, they advise the following:

  • Start by writing down on paper the letters of your initials in both lower case and capitals.
  • See if any “combinations of letters immediately suggest a happy shape or arrangement.
  • Look for “strokes which are common in two of the letters (such as how both capital R and D have similarly curved sides).
  • If two of the same letter are present, consider making one a mirror image of the other.
  • Simple letter types are more flexible than “elaborate, florid letters which are quite too fanciful to be further played with.
  • Feel free to take “unlimited liberties in the distortion of letters in the design process, but remember that the result should remain legible.
  • A monogram will usually form a symmetrical outside shape of some sort, such as oval or diamond, but irregular forms can be quite nice as well.

Jessica also recommends more books on monograms and lettering that you can borrow from the library. Even if you’re not familiar with Illustrator or other design programs, you could try playing around with your monogram by hand. I love the heirloom look of them. I think it would also look adorable if it was embroidered on a hanky for a nice memento!

via Apartment Therapy via Design Sponge

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