Window Shopping Wednesday – Boutonnières without fresh flowers

One of my coworkers is getting married this year and we’ve been discussing several options for boutonnières.  She’s set on fresh flowers, and I get it.  I had fresh-flower boutonnières at my wedding.  They looked like this:


That being said, I just love the idea of using non-fresh flower “ingredients” to make a boutonnière.  So, I did some searching for you (because I’m nice like that) and here are a few of my favorites…

This weeks featured item:  boutonnières without fresh flowers

If you’re having an outdoor wedding then I think this Rustic Burlap Boutonniere is a great fit for you.  The buttons, the feathers, the burlap – they come together seamlessly.  I love it.

Rustic Burlap Boutonniere

I think feathers should be standard-issue in every wedding.  They add great form and texture and come in such an incredible array of colors and patterns.  This Feather Boutonnière would be absolutely amazing for a fall wedding.  Just lovely.

Feather Boutonnière

If you’re a bit quirky and plan to have some FUN at your wedding and not take the whole thing too seriously then consider these Vintage Inspired Clothespin and Soda Pop Bottle Top Boutonnieres and Corsages.  So stinking cute!  And come on, these would totally be the talk of the wedding!

Vintage Inspired Clothespin and Soda Pop Bottle Top Boutonnieres and Corsages

So let’s be real here – in all likelihood the groom has had pretty much zero say in anything about the wedding.  Shouldn’t he get at least some input into what he wears that day?  I think it’d be great to incorporate some of your husband-to-be’s favorite past times and if he’s a fisher, then this Fisherman’s Boutonniere would be just the way to do that.

Fisherman's Boutonniere

If your wedding venue also happens to be a winery or vineyard then these Rustic Wedding Boutonnieres would fit right in.  This also works great regardless of your venue if the happy couple are wine lovers.

Rustic Wedding Boutonnieres

I loooove this Rustic Fall Boutonniere so much!  It’s classy and masculine and filled with incredible texture.  Love love love.

rustic wedding groom boutonniere lapel pin acorns forest wedding

If you think dried flowers are just for the elderly then think again – they can be just as exquisite as fresh.  This Mustard Cream Cone – Yellow Ivory Brown Boutonniere is testament to that fact.  Look at all that color and texture!  Come to mama!

Mustard Cream Cone - Yellow Ivory Brown Boutonniere

Last but certainly not least, if you love the formal look then you absolutely cannot go wrong with ostrich feathers and pearls.  This Vintage Sheet Music Ostrich Feather Boutonniere is just perfect for you!

Vintage Sheet Music Ostrich Feather Boutonniere

Do you guys like the idea of having a boutonnière that is sans fresh flowers?

How to make a little somethin’ somethin’ with buttons…

Remember the other day when I mentioned that I was totally overwhelmed and frustrated because I wanted to craft but just didn’t have the time (among a lot of other things)?  Well, that same day in a fit of frustration I scrolled through my zillions of craft ideas that I keep on my computer, picked one, and went to Joann’s.

This is my inspiration photo:

Peggy, the amazing creator of this fabulous image, has other amazing letters available at her Etsy shop.

Here are some of my favorites:

I have a secret for you though… I have NO IDEA how to sew on a button.  Sad huh?  Fortunately since these little buttons don’t have to be functional in any way I didn’t need to know how to actually sew one on.

So, here’s what I picked up from Joann’s:

  • Pre-stretched canvas (8×10)
  • Fabric – I purchased 1/3 yard (you’ll need to adjust this depending on the size of your canvas)
  • Buttons – I chose red because they popped but you can choose whatever color you like best with your fabric, the buttons need to be in varying sizes (note: I also used some large matching beads because my letter had some really skinny parts and I couldn’t find buttons that small)
  • Embroidery hoop
  • Embroidery thread in a matching color (should match the color of your buttons)

Here’d what I needed from my stash at home:

  • Staple gun
  • Printed letter (using your computer and Microsoft Word size your paper to the size of your canvas, choose a font that you like and make it as large as possible, print)
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins


  1. Cut out your letter very carefully
  2. Pin your letter to your fabric
  3. Place embroidery hoop over fabric and letter.  You should have this… 
  4. Begin placing buttons however they look best to you – you’ll do this by threading your needle, tying a knot in the end, then bringing the thread up through the ‘bottom’ of the fabric, through one button hole, then down through another.  If there are four holes in your button, repeat this step.
  5. Keep repeating until your letter is covered with buttons
  6. To remove the paper letter – use small scissors and tweezers to cut and remove the pieces underneath the buttons.  Be very careful not to cut your thread or fabric.
    (note:  this is a very difficult way of doing this, if you want, instead of pinning your paper letter to your fabric you can use an erasable fabric marker to trace your letter onto your fabric.  However, please note that your creation will have to be washed in order to remove the ink.  You will need to adhere your buttons accordingly.)
  7. Once complete, carefully center your fabric onto your canvas (you can use some spray adhesive to keep it steady if you want).  Flip it over and use your staple gun to adhere the fabric to the back.  Make sure you’re stapling into the wooden frame.
  8. You’re done!  Admire your handiwork!

Here’s my finished product:

It has sort of a 4th of July feel to it doesn’t it?  I wasn’t actually going for that but it works out well considering Independence Day will be here sooner than we know it.  We actually don’t have any blue or red in our house so this’ll make for some fun holiday decoration for us.  I’m hoping to try this again in some different colors.

Now, my finished project in no way looks as amazing as Peggy’s finished products but then again, I’m not selling mine or giving it away as a gift to anyone.   I’m just glad I finally made something crafty.  Yay!

I’ve linked up to these great parties:

Bloom Designs, Skip to My Lou, and Chef in Training.

As well as…

One Artsy Mama

By Stephanie Lynn