Sunday, July 17, 2011

DIY Peacock Wedding Projects-Part II

I've loved peacock feathers for a couple of years now but I have to admit that part of the reason I chose to include them in my wedding was because I knew they would be a great place to save money.  By using feathers in lieu of flowers we were able to cut out a substantial amount of money.  I used peacock feathers to make my bridesmaid bouquets and my groom's and groomsmen's boutonnieres.  To make the bouquets I started with a peacock feather pad purchased from Hobby Lobby for about $2.50 each.  Then I hot glued longer feathers to the back of the pad.  I then hot glued the feather topper to a wooden pencil I had wrapped in brown satin ribbon.  I glued a few amber colored rhinestones onto the feathers in the center of the bouquet and tied the base with an aqua ribbon and hot glued an antique-looking gold charm (purchased from JoAnn's).  The bouquets cost less than $10 each!
For the boutonnieres I took single peacock feathers ($1.49 for a 2 pack at Hobby Lobby) and wrapped them with the same brown satin ribbon I used on the bouquets.  They were super easy to make and cost less than $2.00 each.

 In another attempt to save money, I made the pew bows.  Hobby Lobby has some amazing brown lace ribbon that is about 5 or 6 inches wide.  I used this as the base of my bows.  Then I used some sparkly green tulle (also from Hobby Lobby) for the middle bow and made a little bow for the center out of turquoise ribbon that I bought after Christmas at Wal-Mart for $.70 a roll.  I slid a peacock feather into the center of the bow and voila.  A good girlfriend of mine came over and helped me make them one Sunday afternoon and we had a lot of fun making them (although we were covered in glitter from the sparkly tulle by the end of the day)! 

 To decorate the outside of the church I made some tissue paper poms in different shades of blues and greens.  I used the tutorial from Mather Stewart.  They were a breeze to make and cost only a few dollars a piece.  I loved they way they added a little color to the front of the church.

 I did use some fresh flowers to decorate for the wedding.  I absolutely adore blue/green hydrangeas.  A friend of my aunt had a bush that she allowed us to take some blooms from (for free!) so I was able to have several vases in the windows of the church.  They made me so happy!

 I also bought two dozen white roses and a couple of large white hydrangeas (which I separated the blooms on) to use in small bud vases in the windows.  The vases were all ones that I already owned or borrowed from my parents with the exception of the aqua vase, which I bought from Hobby Lobby for $1.99.

 I also used fresh flowers in my bouquet.  I love flowers so much and since I couldn't afford to have an abundance of them in the wedding it was very important to me to have a bouquet with flowers that I loved.  My aunt and I went to Tipton Hurst the day before the wedding and found white snap dragons, blue hydrangeas, and some tinted blue Queen Anne's Lace.  I also included a few of the white roses that I had purchased from Kroger.  We spent a total of $35 on the flowers.  My aunt arranged the flowers for my bouquet and I think she did such an amazing job on it!

 The last DIY project I'm going to share in this post is the bird cage I used on the Guest Book Table for guests to put cards in.  I had seen a few weddings where they did something similar and I thought it was such a great idea.  I found the perfect bird cage at Hobby Lobby with slots large enough for any card to fit through.  I used some amazing green ribbon I had found on clearance after Christmas and tied it around the top of the cage.  I printed a sign that read "Cards" on my scrapbook paper that I had in my stash of pretty paper that I've bought and had no use for.  Finally, I topped the cage with a peacock that my aunt had gotten me.  It turned out exactly how I had envisioned and I was so proud of it! 

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Dawn said...

I am amazed at this DIY. You are very talented and creative. Just beautiful from beginning to end. Love the song on your blog...very moving. Dawn Suitcase Vignettes xo

Nita {ModVintageLife} said...

What a fantastic idea. Love the colors of your wedding. What a pretty blend of colors, flowers and feathers.

skippysays said...

The peacock feathers look great! And we had a birdcage like that too (except white) and I loved it :)

Heather Wright said...

LOVE your wedding pictures....your photographer must be SO talented ;)

Kristan said...

Thank you Heather! We had an AMAZING photographer! :) I still get tons of compliments on our wedding pics.

Evidence Photog said...

Thank you so much for posting this tutorial! I found it on pinterest and used it to make peacock feather fans for my bridesmaids - they were a hit! Thanks again for sharing your ideas with the world.

Here's how they turned out:

Anonymous said...

How many long feathers did you glue to the back of the fans?