Friday, April 15, 2011

Pinwheel Boutonnieres

I love pinwheels! So when thinking about an option for boutonnieres a miniature pinwheel came to mind and I never gave it a second thought.

Something about pinwheels just says youth, innocence and fun! And that is exactly the mood that I wanted to set at our wedding. The groom, groomsmen, father of the bride, father of the groom, grandpa and sweet little baby nephew will be donning these tiny pinwheels during the ceremony.

Boutonniere pinwheels were actually pretty easy to make. Here is how I did it.

Step 1.) Find some paper with a cool pattern on it. I used scrapbook paper but you could just use colored paper or even paint your own design on a piece of paper. Double sided scrapbook paper would work the best because then you will have different colored pattern on both sides when you fold the corners over. I just used yellow paint to paint the back side of this yellow patterned scrapbook paper.

Step 2.) Cut a 3 inch by 3 inch square. Then with and exact-o knife cut slits from the corners to the middle of the paper. Don't cut all the way across the paper, you want their to be enough middle intact so your pinwheels don't fall apart when you begin folding.

Step 3.) Fold every other cut corner into the center. Use hot glue to secure the corners down in the center. I used a button to decorate the middle of mine, but you could use a bead, sticker or whatever you think would look neat.

Step 4.) Now that you have assembled this little pinwheel, you could use it to decorate all sorts of things. Use it as a bow for a present or hot glue a tooth pick to it and use it as a cup cake topper. The possibilities are endless! Since I'm using them as boutonnieres, I flipped them over and attached safety pins to them. Just a little dab of hot glue and these boutonnieres are ready to grace some good looking man's lapel. And all the men in my wedding are extremely good looking! :)

I think the best looking man of them all (besides my fiance of course) is my little baby nephew! Just look at the 1 inch by 1 inch even tinier boutonniere I made for him, and tell me that doesn't make you say "Awwwww".

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