Winter Bouquet

I love having crafty friends, especially when those friends go all DIY wedding.

In December, an amazingly talented seamstress friend married one of the nicest guys ever. It was a small affair but the bride was determined to craft as many of the decorations as possible and even made most of the food for her cake-and-punch reception.

And did I mention she designed and sewed the most unbelievably stunning vintage-style wedding dress ever?

She was still working on that dress a few days before the wedding and mentioned that she’d probably just pick up some flowers for her bouquet since it was unlikely she’d have time to craft the posies she’d planned. I asked if I could make one for her and she said, “yes.”


I’ve made a lot of things in my life but this kissing ball is probably one of the loveliest. I used my Clover Kanzashi Flower tools and some dupioni silk from stash, along with a mix of vintage and new buttons. Some of the covered buttons were made with my iTop button maker and others from one of the Prym/Dritz packaged button covers.


All told there are about 50 silk flowers attached to a smooth foam ball form with low-temp hot glue. I cut up small pieces of beaded bridal fabric to fit in some of the spaces between flowers.

I made my way through the first season of Hart of Dixie on Netflix while making the bouquet, my living room floor littered with bits of silk fabric and thread tails. That’s what friends are for. 🙂

2 Replies to “Winter Bouquet”

  1. Just a beautiful bouquet – so different, and unlike so many others for grand occasions, able to be kept! Just bought your book – finally it reappeared at my Spotlight- and very pleased to have it. Thank you for clear instructions, and ideas. And yes, I would love to see a tutorial on the “Alice” dress that you made for your daughter. Just love the skirt detailing. Love steam punk costuming too, but no opps to make or wear it myself but I can look, can’t I

    Thank you for your inspirational work


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