Sunday, November 11, 2012

Plant pot boutonnière

Plant pot boutonnière

Spring is in the air! New life is slowly starting to unfurl, the days are becoming visibly longer and those chilling sub zero temperatures are hopefully a thing of the past (well, for the next many months at least). A perfect time to enjoy a nice pop of colour and embrace what nature (or in my case the garden centre) has to offer.
What you’ll need:
  • Straight edge
  • Cutting mat
  • Scissors/craft knife
  • Super glue
  • Pencil
  • Mini plant pot
  • Scrap cardboard
  • Hessian type material
  • Broach pin
  • Cling wrap
  • Plant/flower/herb of your choosing
  • Rotary tool or hacksaw
When deciding what to put in your plant pot, try to make sure that the chosen item will be small enough to fit comfortably, without having to damage the root too much.
Begin by marking off the halfway point of your plant pot (see below).
Then use your rotary tool (or hacksaw if you don’t have one) to cut the pot down the middle.
(For this I briefly enlisted the help of my man, but decided this was acceptable as I was creating a men’s accessory. Plus any hint of an opportunity to get a power tool out (no matter how small the job) and there’s no holding him back!)
Take one of the pot halves and draw around it on your piece of cardboard.
Do the same as above with your hessian fabric and glue the two pieces, one on either side of the cardboard cutout, to create the backing for your boutonniére.
Affix a broach pin about two thirds of the way up one side, then leave to dry.
Once dry, attach the backing to the pot with plenty of super glue and leave it to set.
Line the inside of the half pot with some cling film (I glued this into place to make it easier to trim off the loose edges)
Remove any excess soil from your chosen plant or flower and place it in your half pot, making sure to press it down firmly.
Then step back to admire your little living boutonnière.
What I like most about this is that the flower is still alive and could easily be replanted afterwards as a sweet momento of your wedding day. You could even use a small sapling and who knows in years to come it might blossom into a wonderful tree in the back garden.

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