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Monthly Archive:: September 2010

Do It Yourself Project: Sewing Pattern Paper Flowers

Karen from Silverberry Occasions has another cute DIY detail to share with us today! Using vintage sewing patterns, gorgeous paper flowers were created to accent the tablescape and favor boxes. Finished off with a pop of color by adding a button to the center, it’s a simple and chic project with a crafty spin!

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What You’ll Need:
Sewing Pattern, Tissue, or Crepe Paper (Should Be Thin)
Pipe Cleaners or Floral Wire
Scissors
Button and Glue Dot (Optional)

To produce a flower that is about two inches wide, cut squares of paper that are approximately four inches square. Layer four squares of paper together, then hold all four pieces together and begin to make accordion folds back and forth until you reach the end of your square. Using scissors, round each of the edges so that the shape you are left with resembles a popsicle stick.

Take your “popsicle stick” and fold it in half. Pinch the center and hold in place with a pipe cleaner or a piece of floral wire. Begin to pull apart (or fan) each layer of paper individually. Doing this will create a full and beautiful flower.

If you’d like, finish off the flower by adding a button with a glue dot as shown above.

Images from Purple Martini Wedding and Event Photography.

Do It Yourself Project: Button Boutonniere

Karen from Silverberry Occasions was kind enough to give us some of the lovely DIY projects she created for the Vintage Sewing shoot featured yesterday. First up is an absolutely adorable (and super colorful!) button boutonniere that will add a little quirk to any wedding!

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What You’ll Need:
Buttons
Floral Wire
Floral Tape
Ribbon
Glue Gun
Scissors
Safety/Push Pin

For each flower, cut approx. 16” of floral wire. You can cut this down shorter once you are finished, but it’s easier to initially handle if the wires are longer. Fold your piece of wire in half so it is 8” on each side.

Starting on the top of the button, slide one end of the wire through one button hole and the other end of the wire through the adjacent button hole. For layered flowers, repeat with as many buttons as you like. Remember to start with the button that will be in the front (we started with yellow). Once all buttons are strung, twist the wire behind the last button to keep them secure and wrap each one in floral tape – this helps bulk up the stem and makes it easier to bunch.

Arrange each stem until you have your desired look. Wrap the all of the stems together with floral tape – this will keep your arrangement in place. Trim any excess floral wire from the bottom.

With ribbon, cover the area that you wrapped with floral tape to create a beautiful “stem” for your button-iere and secure with hot glue. Using a safety or push pin, affix if to your groom as you would a real boutonniere.

Images from Purple Martini Wedding and Event Photography and Silverberry Occasions.

Vintage Sewing Inspired Shoot from Silverberry Occasions

I’m very excited to share with you an inspiration shoot on the blog today from Silverberry Occasions. The inspiration for the shoot was a vintage sewing basket and the team brought in the colors of blue, yellow and creme with accents of orange. Other accents that rounded out the design included paper flowers made from sewing pattern paper, a bouquet charm in the shape of a vintage sewing machine, a sewing button boutonniere, and a macaron tower that is reminiscent of a tower of buttons.

If you love this shoot, check back tomorrow when we share some do it yourself projects designed to compliment it! I promise, it’s worth the wait.

Styling: Silverberry Occasions
Photography: Purple Martini Wedding and Event Photography
Floral Design: Designs by Dina
Macaron Tower: Ruelo Patisserie
Rentals: Chair-man Mills
Sewing Props: Vintage Props