Infuse instant artisanal charm into your day—and make guests do a few double takes—with faux flowers that are impeccably crafted, intriguingly offbeat, and even cool.
1. Mulberry gardenia, starflower, cymbidium orchid, and buttercup place cards painted on color-customizable rice or mulberry paper, from $37.50 for 25, divinelionesss.etsy.com.
2. Pink tissue-paper flower poms, $40 for nine strung on monofilament, partypoms.etsy.com.
3. Pomander made of pages from a 1934 National Geographic, $120, whetherpaperworks.etsy.com.
4. Green, brown, and cream paper-flower bouquet, $72 ($4 per flower), theonehappygirl.com.
5. Mini paper-poppy bundles, $3 each, thegildedbee.etsy.com.
6. Quilled paper flowers on table-number card, from $10 for 12, dizzeelizzee.etsy.com. Calligraphy, Nan DeLuca; scribenyc.com.
7. Spiral flowers (on table and favor bag), $10 for 14, suzannebwebb.etsy.com. Bag, foryourparty.com.
8. Crepe-paper flowers, $35 each, Livia Cetti for the Green Vase; thegreenvase.com. Embossed paintable wallpaper (all pages), brewsterhomefashions.com.
The Write Stuff: An intricate pomander holds sophisticated appeal for literary types—some of the paper is printed with type from vintage magazines. Order custom-colored bunches for your bouquet or the table decorations.
Diminutive Details: Add a 3-D twist to a summery gift bag with spiraled pastel paper flowers. You can also affix them to place cards and programs.
Scraps of fabric are transformed into fun floral keepsakes—bouquets, boutonnieres, and more. They're perfect for country-style weddings, or for those looking to bring some eco-friendly attitude to their day.
1. Ombré brooch made of folded grosgrain ribbon with an engraved shell button, $48, cocarde.etsy.com.
2. Daisy bouquet of wool-felt flowers with vintage-button centers and embroidery thread, $216, theonehappygirl.com.
3. Handmade organza blossoms, $9 for three, jujacrafts.etsy.com.
4. Silk rosettes, $15.50 each, and loose ribbon, hanahsilk.com.
5. Green fabric bouquet made with silk, linen, cotton, and upholstery fabric, $225, milkpodstudio.com.
6. Mini linen rose pin, $68.50 for six, and five-inch linen poppy pin, $54, emersonmade.com. Scissors with golden handle, katespaperie.com.
7. Felt chrysanthemum brooches, $20 each, digs.com.
8. Fabric poms made of linen and cotton, $195 or three, oncewed.com.
9. Boutonnieres made with silk, linen, cotton, and upholstery fabric, $25 each, milkpodstudio.com.
Felt Tips: Basic buttons add interest and define the daisy-like features of this funky bunch of topstitched felt flora. A sophisticated palette and a bright, streamlined vase (a spray-painted asparagus tin can!) help make this bouquet charming, not childish.
Natural Knockoff: With muted earth tones and nature-inspired details, this bouquet of fabric scraps is especially lifelike—each stem is one-of-a-kind. Green fabric bouquet made with silk, linen, cotton, and upholstery fabric, $225, milkpodstudio.com.
What could be more whimsical than flowers fashioned from baubles, buttons, and beads? Add sparkle to bridesmaids' locks with botanical bobby pins, set the table with a bundle of beaded blooms, or carry a breathtaking bouquet of vintage brooches.
BITS & BAUBLES
1. Beaded plumeria hairpins and lapel stickpin, $50 each, heartinhawaii.etsy.com.
2. Bobby pins, $14.50 for three, miabeads.com.
3. Brooch bouquet, from $350, fantasyfloraldesigns.com.
4. Enameled anemone cake jewels with Swarovski-crystal centers, $1,050 for four, Debra Moreland Is Paris; parisstyles.com. Scissors, katespaperie.com.
5. Beaded forget-me-nots, $35 for two, foreverflowers.etsy.com.
6. Button bouquet, $120 for 60 stems, reallybadkitty.etsy.com.
7. Beaded zinnias, $40 for two, and beaded lilies, $35 for two, foreverflowers.etsy.com.
8. Enameled magnolia-stick cake decoration with Swarovski-crystal center, $780 for three, Debra Moreland Is Paris; peacockparkdesign.com. Table, parisstyles.com.
Buttoned Up: The crafty creator of this quirky bouquet stacked three to five buttons of different shapes and sizes to make each "flower," then wrapped the stems in ribbon. Holding it all together: the two-tone color scheme.
Treasure Trove: A dazzling mix of vintage floral brooches dripping with multicolored costume gems makes a luxe statement piece, sending out a rainbow of rays when it catches the light. Carry this hefty piece for the ceremony, then let it sit pretty on your table.
—Marina Khidekel, BRIDES magazine
PHOTOS: BURCU AVSAR