- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2013 - Canal St Inn
This one’s to all Peacock Brides on a budget!
All of the things I used:
- Peacock feathers, varying lengths (6-8 inches, 30-35 inches, swords; save-on-crafts.com)
- Preserved orchid heads (3″ Sonia Blue; save-on-crafts.com)
- Silk/velveteen hydrangeas (Purple, and two shades of Blue;Michaels)
- Ribbon (1 1/2″, 7/8″, 1/4″, & 1/8″, mostly purple; Micheals)
- Wooden dowels (1/8″, Micheals)
- Floral wire and tape (Any craft store)
Because I bought all of my feathers online in bulk, my total wound up being $172.06 for all of the materials used here. But through save-on-crafts.com, each feather wound up being $0.45 each, and each orchid head, about $0.50. So for what I used, everything in this photo totals about $38.
Here’s how I made them:
First, I curled the ends of my eye feather, as well as the long end of the single sword feather I decided to use. To do this, take the ends of the feather, and curl them with a pair of scissors, much like you would a ribbon. Pull slowly, or you’ll tear the ends of your ribbon. If you buy feathers like this in bulk, curl them all at once before you start doing other stuff, it makes things easier. To give the sword a curled effect in the shaft, I wrapped it around a curling iron.
Next, I put two hydrangea bunches together, clipped the long stems they come on, and wrapped floral wire around them.
Then, because these preserved orchid heads are somewhat brittle, I very gently pushed a length of floral wire through the back “bump” of the flower. String the flower through, like a bead, to the center of the wire. Bring both ends down and straighten the wire, making an artificial stem. To give the flower head some stability, pinch the wire together as close as you can right underneath the flower “bump”. (If you have a more “traditional” flower, like a rose, here’s another way to do it.)
Make as many of these as you like, and intersperse them throughout your bouquet. Don’t push them down too far, or they won’t be seen.
For a final touch, I add my curled eye and sword feathers. Then I wrap all the stems with a last bit of floral wire, then floral tape and purple ribbon (7/8″), sealed with a hot glue gun.
My Flower Girl’s Bouquet was made pretty much the same way, but with a different color and only parts of one bundle. If you decide to take a bundle apart and us floral wire for bunching, I strongly suggest adding a piece of stem for some stability.
Boutonnieres and Corsages
For this Bout, I used a fairly median-wide eye feather, and a shorter sword feather as the “leaves” to frame the orchid head.
Again, string the flower head to the center, and make an artificial stem.
Center the orchid the way you’d like, trim the ends, and wrap in floral wire, tape, ribbon, and seal with hot glue.
For the Corsage, I used two slightly larger eye feathers, a longer sword feather, and three flower heads.
Much like the Bout, arrange the feathers in the “leaf” pattern you want.
String your flowers, and arrange them.
Bunch your ends together. Trim them, but leave a little bit of wire curled up at the end. Wrap in floral tape, and curl end up.
Make a floral bow (instructions here), and using a little floral wire, wrap around the base of the corsage.
In lieu of a traditional bouquet, I decided to have my girls walk down the aisle with a small bunch of feathers, along with a few orchid heads.
I picked one of the longer eye feathers as well as two smaller eye feathers, and arranged them around the center of the longer one.
I used three orchid heads, and wrapped all of them together with floral tape. Trimmed the end of the long feather, and voila.
These will be tied to every other aisle chair for some color and elegance.
I picked five of the longer peacock feathers and bundled them together. Then I made a stem for a single orchid, and centered it in the bundle.
Finally, I made a foral bow from 1 1/2″ wide purple ribbon, and tied it to the bundle with more floral wire.
Since I hate the idea of rice, I feel bubbles are overdone, and we’re not allowed to do sparklers, I figured ribbon wands would be a wonderful way for our guests to celebrate at the end of our ceremony.
Dowels (1/8″) at Michaels are $0.29, and I was able to make three of these with one. For this one I used about 18″ each of purple (1/8″), blue (1/4″), and shimmery white (1/4″), and tied them all to one end of the dowel. Pretty simple.
That’s all for now, though I do have many other projects ahead of me, including Save-The-Date Cards, invites, programs, centerpieces, and even a Maypole!