There's nothing more joyful than flower girls skipping down the aisle, bearing beribboned wands that flutter and fall. We wrapped a dowel in ribbon, thumbtacked on ribbons of various lengths, and finished off by gluing on confetti flowers. (To make the flowers, gather a bunch of the confetti petals together and start gluing.)
"Blossom" flower girl dresses, Ash & Robbins.
Flower girls look enchanting with butterflies fluttering on their dresses. The appliques are easy to attach with a needle and thread. Ribbons streaming from their bouquets are decorated with the same butterflies, which appear to fly through the air when the girls walk.
Turn our designs into fabric by printing them onto iron-on transfer paper or sending them away to be made into cloth. To make these shoe clips, iron transfers onto cotton organdy, cut out, stack, and sew through the center. Fluff to create dimension.
Iron-on transfer paper, Epson.
For a playful way to distinguish the flower girls' dresses from the bridesmaids', sew a premade ribbon flower to the skirt of each dress (preferably ones with little or no adornments); these store-bought daffodils are made of wired ribbon. Then form stems and leaves from 3/8- and 7/8-inch-wide green grosgrain ribbons.
Fashion an apron full of posies out of custom-printed fabric and a simple white ribbon. To alter an already adorable cardigan, construct simple cloth-covered buttons. Your flower girl will want to wear it again and again.
To add a playful punch of color to your flower girls' shoes, dye plain-white satin slippers in a pretty color to match your wedding palette. Then, sew a smattering of bells, along with some ribbon, on them. Your flower girl will love waltzing down the aisle with a ring in her step!
As a fitting nod to the season, substitute dried leaves for petals in your flower girl's basket. If fall foliage isn't abundant when you wed, you can order pressed leaves online (from drynature.com).
We lined this pint-size basket with a cotton fabric. Using scissors, cut a large round of fabric and a slit on opposite sides to accommodate handles, then place in basket. Wrap silk ribbon around, and tie in a bow.
To make a flower girl pomander, wrap a 3-inch ball of floral foam with two 18-inch pieces of 22-gauge floral wire, crisscrossing to divide ball into quarters; twist ends together, and curl into a 1-inch loop. Soak foam in water. Cut flower stems to 1 1/2 inches. Insert two rows of colored roses around ball, then add cream or white roses to fill. For handle, tie an 18-inch length of ribbon to loop.
A vintage striped linen-silk band makes a neat sash for the flower girl's simple white dress (from J. Crew). Wide satin ribbons tied around her feet at the arch dress up simple ballerina shoes (from Little Raggio), while a small fabric flower pinned to her hair continues the theme. Complete her outfit with a basic Nantucket basket that's spruced up with a ribbon fringe and handle -- perfect for holding her petals.