I Coulda Had a V8!

*face palm*

not really, I think V8 drinks are gross but my flash of inspiration was quite similar.

I’ve spent months collecting brooches for my wedding bouquet and it occurred to me when I was looking through the portfolios of several people I’ve consulted to make the bouquets for me, they use silk flowers (ick!), as well as buttons and brooches and hat pins and what not.


I wouldn’t mind if they weren’t so blatantly obviously fake

I hate silk flowers, with a passion. They look fake, they feel fake, they’re not terribly attractive or durable. Don’t get me wrong, I like making flowers from silk organza ribbon but that’s totally different. I’m talking those ugly monstrosities you find in the flower arrangement aisle at Michaels. Yikes! 

So then I was faced with solving a problem I’m sure isn’t so unique to my severely limited budget. The most obvious solution seems to be using a mix of brooches and real flowers. Or using brooches exclusively. 

My original plan was to use brooches exclusively but I really liked what some of these artisans have been doing mixing flowers and buttons and brooches.

Then it dawned on me. 

I make jewelry. I am an artist. I handle beads on a regular basis. I design on a regular basis. I’m crafty and more artisanal than fine artist. Then the lightbulb went off! 



I do make jewelry. . . I do handle beads on a regular basis. . . SOB! I’ll MAKE some flowers to add to the bouquet! I’ve gotten instructions around here somewhere for French Beaded Flowers (also called funeral flowers). It’ll keep with my desire to not use real flowers (yay, budget pfffffftttttt), incorporate my crafting and beading passions, and the flowers won’t wilt so I’ll still have a bouquet to pass on as a family heirloom. Genius! I can’t believe I didn’t think of it moooooooooonths ago! 

I’ve ordered my seed beads in my wedding colours. I’ve downloaded several patterns for different flowers. I’ve read a bunch of tutorials. Watched a bunch of tutorials. I’m ready. I got this. It’s gonna be awesome. I’m not gonna lie, it’s one of my more brilliant DIY project. And relatively cheap to produce.


not my colours but this is what I’m going for

I bought my bags of seed beads from artbeads.com. Each bag has 3500 beads and retails around $2-4/each. It’s probably going to be fairly time consuming, at least until I get the hang of it but materials wise, each flower will probably cost about $2 to produce but I’ve got over a year and I only want maybe a dozen total, so I figure 1 flower/month, maybe more, depending on my motivation, is fairly realistic and cost effective. Plus they’re small so it’s something I can do sitting on the couch watching tv or sitting on my break at work. 

I’m pretty excited. I really can’t wait. I’ve been wanting to make these flowers for ages but it never felt like the right time. Now I have a reason, more than just my own innate curiosity and I’m excited to surprise and wow people on my wedding day 🙂



About bonefishdesigns

I hold a BFA in printmaking and drawing from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV. Drawing and illustration have always been my passion and I make my living teaching people how to draw and paint. Currently, in addition to my work as a lifeguard, swim instructor and an art teacher, I'm also an apprentice to a tattoo artist and have done quite a bit of flash as well. I started this blog more as a way for me to keep track of my thoughts and inspiration, resources and references but I'm more than happy to welcome you to it with open arms. View all posts by bonefishdesigns

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