Feel the power of the shard with these crystal boutonnieres #Fashion DIY#boutonniere#tutorial July 14 | Guest post by AmandaCaleb Check out Tribesmaid Amanda's amazing crystal boutonnieres, and forgive me for all the Dark Crystal references… We are not having a florist or flowers at our wedding, so for a long time I didn't know what to do for the boutonnieres. Now that I have made them, I like them so much I decided to make a tutorial! The materials needed are: A lapel pin vase Natural quartz crystals [Editors Note: The Shard!] High temperature hot glue and gun Crayola Model Magic clay Ribbon in your wedding colors (this is optional, but I needed to bring some color into these so I used it on mine) Now here's how I did it: If you are putting a ribbon on your lapel pin, do that first because it will make it easier to hold the pin later when you put the hot glue on the inside. I made a short line of glue slightly narrower than the ribbon on the back of the pin, stuck on one end of the ribbon, then put more glue over the end I just glued so that the free end can wrap around to meet the glued end. Make a small ball out of the clay, approximately 1cm in diameter. Make one end a little pointy to fit into the pin (this doesn't need to be very precise). Hold the pin upright and try to get a little hot glue to run down inside along the inner wall to make the clay stay in better. Use the eraser end of a pencil (I used a spare crystal) to shove the clay into the inside of the pin. Don't get the clay too near to the top because more glue is going there. Related Post Paper snowflake boutonnieres for your wintery budget wedding I have so many wintery wedding projects up my sleeve, but this week all my money for materials was zapped by those gifts I bought... Read more Once the clay is inside arrange your objects in the pin, the clay will get dents in it where you want them to go. Then take the objects out. Put a layer of hot glue over the clay, making sure the glue touches the inner wall of the pin on all sides like a plug. Quickly put your objects into the glue and clay before the glue cools. When the glue cools you may want to put more hot glue in the crevices between your objects and the pin for stability. Once the glue cools you are done. I think this method would work for any small phallus shaped objects, therefor this tutorial could be used for non-crystal boutonnieres as well. Some other options that I have thought of are; crayons, paintbrushes (cut off part of the handle), drill bits, candy canes, or doll parts and accessories. Get your daily dose of Offbeat AWESOME Reporter Name * Reporter Email * Original text Enter the original text here. Edited text* Enter your suggested copyedit here. Notes You can add a note for the editor here. * Required information. Fix Typo Guest post written by AmandaCaleb Amanda is a photography student who is marrying a geology student. They work together at a thrift store and have two cat babies. They are having an Edwardian themed wedding in July. And the summer after their wedding they are going to make and self-publish a role playing game with Amanda's illustrations and Caleb's writing. http://offbeatbride.ning.com/profile/AmandaCaleb PREVIOUS Wedding porn from the fire-spinning bride's wedding NEXT Groomsmen fashion inspiration: suspenders & mismatched ties Show/Hide comments [ 17 ] omg, this is wonderful! and how amazing would a crystal-bouquet look! Reply Agreed! If you're doing a crystal bouquet, please to have pictures? Reply I am in total agreement about the crystal bouquet! Reply Not EXACTLY the same, but in the same vein (I know, bad geology joke, sorry!): http://offbeatbride.com/2010/02/crystal-bouquets Reply These look so fantastic! I wonder if there's any way you could get one of those LED 'throwies' involved so you get the shards all glowing? 2 agree Reply That was actually part of the idea originally but it was just too close to the wedding when I made these to gather and figure out the materials. If I hold the crystals over my cell phone's led flashlight it looks awesome Reply ZOMG! plus i love the throwies idea Reply Wow… I love these. And the idea of a crystal bouquet! Double wow. They're amazingly creative. I love all the possibilities that you've opened up with this. =) Thanks so much for the how-to, I'll be linking to this. Reply All I can think of when I see these is Superman's Fortress of Solitude… 1 agrees Reply Me tooooo. But ours totally in a good way. Reply It's* Reply Where would I find crystals like this? 1 agrees Reply OK, for a second I thought I was the only one. Where do you get these!? I need to know! Reply They're on eBay: Natural quartz crystals Reply Yep, I want to know where you find crystals like that too… I madly love these! 1 agrees Reply Would anyone happen to know where to buy the crystals? I can't find any online… 1 agrees Reply Great for my star wars inspired wedding!!!! Reply Join the conversation Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Participate in this conversation via email No-drama comment policy Part of what makes the Offbeat Empire different is our commitment to civil, constructive commenting. Make sure you're familiar with our no-drama comment policy. Biz owners & wedding bloggers Please just use your real name in your comment, not your business name or blog title. Our comments are not the place to pimp your website. 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