2014. make + take: bouquet box.
materials: wedding bouquet, bouttonniére, faux insects, faux bird, dried moss, wooden display box
after a wedding, many brides wonder, what do i do with my bouquet? it’s customary to save it— you could place it in a tissue lined box or carefully press the flowers in a journal. i’d been itching to make a display box, so i carefully snipped away and created something special we could see everyday.
when we arrived home, i put my bouquet and michael’s bouttonniére in a dry, semi-dark corner of our dining room. i read online that hanging the bouquet upside down was an option, but i wasn’t sure if the flowers would preserve well. my bouquet was composed of two giant dahlias against a large bunch of mixed greens (leaves, baby’s breath, and ferns), and the dahlias were very delicate. surprisingly my method worked just fine. the dahlias shrunk but kept their unique colors, and michael’s billy bobs looked just like new.
instead of saving the entire bouquet, i utilized pieces of it to create a woodland display box. i saved a few leaves and sprigs of fern and baby’s breath, and of course, i kept the dahlias. i layered a bag of mixed floral moss on the bottom of the box followed by the greens. then i arranged the dahlias and michael’s bouttonniére.
i bought the tiny butterflies and chickadee at joann’s for a cute, lifelike touch. it looks like the bird is quietly sitting in the garden waiting for an aphid or ladybug.
we placed the bouquet box on our bookcase in a shaded corner. chopping up a wedding bouquet might not be right for everyone, but it was right (and lovely) for me.
if you missed it, check out our wedding photos here.