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Boutonniere How-To

Martha Stewart Weddings, Spring 2007

Hyacinth Wreath

1. Form a tiny loop at the end of a length of white floral wire; twist to secure.

2. Pluck just the blooms from hyacinth. Thread 10 to 20 blooms onto the wire so bottoms and tops nest, as pictured.

3. Pull end of wire through loop; twist to secure. Trim excess wire. Adjust flowers to cover wire. To wear, slip pin through blooms on each side.


Paper Bow

1. Write names on 3/8-inch-wide strips of quilling paper (calligraphy by Maybelle Imasa-Stukuls).

2. Bend end of paper into a 2-inch loop. Secure with an adhesive dot or clear glue.

3. Bend again into a second loop, and secure as before. Snip off extra paper.

4. Cut 5-inch length of plain quilling paper; fold in half and notch ends for tails. Lay loops on tails, aligning folds, and secure as before.

5. Slip floral wire through at a fold, gently twist, and layer wire among the stems.


Felt Flower

1. Cut four 1 1/2-inch petals with 3/8-inch stems from felt. Snip tops from petals with pinking shears, as shown.

2. Arrange wired stamens and a wired glass bead to form flower's center, and wrap with floral tape.

3. Add petals, one at a time, securing with floral tape.

Flat Bow

1. Cut 2 1/4-inch-wide ribbon or fabric to be 8 1/4 inches long. Lay 1/2-inch-wide fusible tape down the center of the ribbon on the wrong side.

2. Fold one side of ribbon over to cover fusible tape; iron to fuse.

3. Lay another piece of fusible tape over fused section of ribbon. Fold the remaining side of ribbon over; iron to fuse.

4. Measure 3 inches from each end of the ribbon, and mark lightly with pencil on the wrong side. Loop the ribbon so the two marks touch. Flatten the loop, and iron to crease.

5. Fold raw edges toward wrong side of ribbon to meet in the middle, behind the flattened loop, overlapping slightly. Slip a scrap of fusible webbing between the layers; iron to fuse.

6. Slide floral wire between layers of bow; gently twist. Then secure wires to stems with floral tape.

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