How to DIY your own floral fascinators and buttonhole flowers #Floral DIY#australia#bouquet#boutonniere#crafts#crafty wedding#flowers#tutorial Updated Oct 12 2015 (Posted Mar 11 2010) Guest post by Theresa Petray Theresa, a PhD student, vegan and rad Australian, posted this short and sweet tutorial about how she made super-kitschy "parental flowers," little giveaways her parent's could take with on their trip back to the states after the wedding. They're just too easy AND adorable not to share. Take it away Theresa! – Offbeat Shrie We wanted to have something special to give our parents at the wedding, but we didn't want to pay an arm and a leg for flowers from a florist — especially since my parents wouldn't be able to take real flowers home with them to the US. So we decided to make them ourselves, and all for less than $10. So, behold our parental flowers, awesome and flippin' cheap! Materials: Fake-flower lei ($2) A small pack of seed beads ($2) A small pack of larger beads ($1) Fake greenery ($1.50) Brooch pins ($1) Hair clips ($2) A butt load of craft glue Fishing line Step 1: Cut up the flower lei. Glue flowers to each other in stacks of 4 to 8, depending on how fluffy you want them. We got six flowers out of one standard lei. Step 2: Make stamens. We did this only for our mums' flowers. Take short lengths (about 2 cm) of fishing line and dip one end in craft glue, then slip a seed-bead onto the end. We had eight stamens per flower. Then take a larger bead and fill its hole up with glue; place the non-bead end of the stamens into the hole and arrange them so they are spread out. Related Post How to make semi-kanzashi style fabric flowers (part 2) Tribe member Midgetgem has three different and equally awesome fabric flower making tutorials. So please to enjoy part two of a three part, fabric flower... Read more Step 3: Attach some greenery. We used a plastic fern, which was kind of hard to attach because it was quite stiff; fabric leaves would be easier to work with. For the fascinators we used a whole fern-ring, while for the dads' buttonholes we cut them in half. Glue to the back of the flowers. Step 4: Jazz up the middle of the flowers. Put a big blob of glue in the middle and place one large bead on the pre-made stamens. Sprinkle smaller beads over the rest of the glue and let this set for several hours. Step 5: Attach the finished flowers to hair clips or brooch pins. Guest post written by Theresa Petray Theresa is a vegan academic who talks to her cat, Nacho. She will be spending the next four months finishing her PhD, teaching anthropology, and planning a (hopefully) tiny, stress-free rainforest wedding with her partner, Andy. http://travelingvegan.blogspot.com/ PREVIOUS 13 jewelry-free bridesmaid gift ideas NEXT Wedding wedges Show/Hide comments [ 3 ] Such a great tutorial! So refreshing after all of the typical bouts and corsages I make at work! Reply Love this! Thanks! Reply WOW!!!! This is stunning! Thank you so much for the tutorial! Reply Join the conversation Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Sign me up for your offbeat awesomeness newsletter! 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. If you want to promote your stuff on Offbeat Bride, join us as an advertiser instead.