Laurie’s project this week is not only a great alternative to a fresh flower bouquet, but the construction of the piece isn’t too diffucult for a novice to tackle either. Can’t you just see a little flower girl wearing her winter cardigan carrying a nosegay of pincecones down the aisle? If you are new to Once Wed and would like to see previous DIY projects, click here. Enjoy!
What You’ll Need:
15 – 20 small pine cones
15 – 20 strands of floral wire
Brown floral corsage tape
A lovely hankie
Dried and preserved glittered babies breath or similar dried filler flower
1 yard of ribbon l ( I used two different colors and ¬†widths)
1 short zip-tie (rubber bands will work too)
Most of the supplies are ¬†available at any craft store.
Take a walk and collect your pine cones.
Velvet ribbon is made by Midori.
1. ¬†Take one of your wires and run the middle of the strand between
the lowest layers of “scales” on the pine cone. ¬† Fold both ends of
the wire down, and twist the wire tight until the pine cone is secure.
(see figure 1)
2. ¬†Wrap the floral tape around the two wire ends, starting at the
base of the pine cone and working your way down. ¬†Pull the tape as you
wrap. It becomes sticky as you stretch it. ¬†(see figure 2)
3. ¬†Wire and tape all of the remaining ¬†cones. ¬†For a small bouquet,
it will take 15 to 20 pine cones.
4. ¬†Once you have all the cones wired, bundle the pine cone “stems”
together to form a round bouquet. (see figure 3)
5. ¬† Wrap the bundled stems ¬†together with ¬†floral tape. ¬†Use your
wire cutter to trim the stems so the bouquet handle is about 5 inches
long. ¬†(see figure 4)
6. ¬†Break your filler flower into small sprigs. (see figure 5)
7. ¬†Tuck the springs in between the pine cones. ¬†(see figure 6) ¬†When
you’ve added all of your filler flower, wrap the bouquet handle with
another layer of floral tape to secure the filler.
8. ¬†Neatly press your hankie.
9. ¬†Turn your bouquet upside down and put the center of the hankie on
the end of the bouquet handle. ¬† Pull the hankie up towards the pine
cones to make a “cuff” around the base of the pine cones. ¬† Take your
zip tie or rubber band and secure the hankie around the “neck” of the
bouquet. (see figure 7)
10. ¬† Tie your ribbons around the neck of the bouquet to conceal the
zip-tie or rubber band. ¬†Trim the ribbon ends to desired length. ¬†(see
What it Cost:
Pine cones – Free from the neighbor’s yard!
Hankie – A wedding shower gift
Wire – Pennies a strand
Midori ribbon – $3.80 a yard
Glittered babies breath – $7 for a bundle (with plenty of extra left over)
Floral tape $2 – a roll
Project created by Laurie Cinotto