sophisticated country wedding series: 2: boutineers

By the looks of my blog, it comes as no surprise that, well…I like birds. The idea of having a nature, bird, outdoors themed wedding only seemed suitable considering the fact that our ceremony would be held outside and on a farm. While flipping through a Martha Stewart Weddings magazine, I came across the idea of making bird nest boutineers.

Not only was this a cheaper way to go, I knew that I would have a lot of fun making them and they would look absolutely adorable against the black fabric worn by the men. I headed to Michael’s Crafts Store and picked up the essentials

1) a bag of honey colored excelsior (wood wool)

2) a branch of faux pink berries

3) a bag of fall colored leaves (small)

4) hot glue sticks

5) clasping pins

6) head out to your backyard and gather small “y” shaped branches to place the nest on

Once you have your materials, take the excelsior to gather and shape it into a bird nest shape. This material binds together well and allows for easy shaping. To keep it intact, put a little hot glue in the middle and use a stick or unsharpened pencil to press it down. Add three berries (like little eggs) and a small leaf to the center of the nest. Attach leaves to the underside of the nest allowing them to peak out the sides. Place the nest in the center of the “y” shaped branch and hot glue it on. Also using the hot glue, attach the pin on the back side of the branch.

Pin those little nests on the suits of your dashing men and send them right down the isle.

Happpy nesting!

60 Responses to “sophisticated country wedding series: 2: boutineers”

  1. Rachel Says:

    Oh how cute! I’ll be linking to this!

  2. Catherine Says:

    I love looking at pictures from your wedding! Everything was so beautiful and I loved how you added your own creative touch!

  3. joy Says:

    Did I already tell you that I think this is one of my favorite creations from your wedding…because it was!

  4. elle @ pret-a-party Says:

    these are so cute. i love the creativity! :)

  5. Esther Says:

    These are my favourite corsages ever. I wish I knew about them when I got married. We had wheat and white roses which was still pretty nice.

  6. Lavender n Lattes Says:

    great idea – you are so creative!

  7. Pam Says:

    What a crafty idea.

  8. Kimberlee Says:

    Those are freakin FABULOUS! BEAUTIFUL MAGNIFICENT! Seriously I’m so impressed!

  9. Poetikat Says:

    How sweet is that? I too love birds. If you check out my Poetikat’s blog, you will find a number of poems about the ones in my backyard. Google “Three Grackles, Bathing” for example.

    I think the little nest is so adorable! I have one on my Christmas tree every year.


  10. Preston Says:

    Those look just great and your pictures are wonderful.

  11. Kelly Says:

    *gasp* Those are awesome! Seriously, you are so creative.

  12. Liza Says:

    Those are awesome! What a great idea!

  13. Danielle Says:

    I’ve never seen anything like that! I love it!

  14. Elizabeth Says:

    What a great idea! I always wanted an outdoor wedding; it didn’t end up that way, but maybe when we renew our vows… :)

  15. Tracy P. Says:

    These are super cute! But can I just say that I wish I could have seen the guys’ faces when you showed them what they were wearing? I hope the photographer was there for that! I LOVE that last pic.

  16. Hollie Says:

    Those are awesome! So creative!

  17. Beth @ Blissful Blunders Says:

    Aw! So cute!! And so creative! Leave it to Martha!!

  18. Angela Says:

    SO. STINKIN’. CUTE!!! I would never have thought of doing something like that but they turned out great!

  19. Katie Says:

    Oh my gosh! That’s so ingenious! I love the personal touches.

  20. Karol Says:

    That is such a unique idea!

  21. Marrdy Says:

    What a great idea and they are so cute!

  22. KGW Says:

    Hey SITSTA!

  23. Shannon Says:

    So pretty and so original! Looks like you had a beautiful day!

  24. Jacquie Says:

    You are so creative and Martha like! I love this idea!:)

  25. april kennedy Says:

    You are {in one of my favorite words}….brilliant! Those are amazing. I love creative juices!

  26. Jaden Says:

    What an awesome idea! I love it :)

  27. Legal Diva Says:

    Those are just adorable! And you’re right- a much cheaper way to go- love it!

  28. meg Says:

    OMGoodness, that is the cutest idea!

  29. Michele Says:

    Now that’s something I have never seen before. Very creative.

  30. Amy Says:

    What a cute idea!

  31. emma Says:

    I must say – i LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE the nest boutineers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! But – I will also say that the lady in the background with her awesome stance – totally awesome!

  32. Shannon Says:

    Very creative.

  33. Christy Says:

    so cute and so creative!!!! Nicely done!

  34. Heather Says:

    the nest boutineers (can’t spell!) are wonderful. What a great idea!

  35. Jamie Says:

    You are amazingly gifted with your crafts! You go girl, these are wonderful!

  36. wendy Says:

    what a clever idea!

    happy SITS day!

  37. Jennifer Says:

    What a neat idea! I’ve never seen that before !! Clever, clever!

  38. AJ Says:

    This is a great idea. I’m going to have to try this.

  39. ChezChani Says:

    If it’s Martha Stewart then I love it!!!

  40. Andrea Says:

    That was SO cool! I have never seen anything like that before! Martha Stewart would be so proud of you!

  41. Margaret Says:

    Your wedding looks like it was beautiful. I love the birdnest idea. My husband and I also had a country wedding. I loved it. It was 6 1/2 years ago though.

  42. Mandy@AdventuresofaMilleniumMom Says:

    Sooo cute! Congrats on being a saucy blog SITSa!

  43. Live.Love.Eat Says:

    Too creative. I already can’t wait to see the other pics!!!

  44. HeatherY Says:

    That is so unique and creative! What a great idea!

  45. Rhea Says:

    That’s so creative, and what a wonderful personal touch, especially that you made them. What did the men think of them though, I wonder?!

  46. Reluctant Housewife Says:

    Those are wonderfully creative!

  47. Melissa Lester Says:

    Those are the cutest! What a great idea!

  48. girly stuff Says:

    Great for an outdoor wedding!

  49. Shannon Says:

    Those are so adorable, and what a great way to have a “different” wedding. Just freaking adorable.

  50. Robyn Says:

    I hope I remember this idea when my son gets married (many years down the road). ~ Robyn

  51. Becky Says:

    What a cute idea. I love them. And I think it means more when you make it yourself.

  52. Michelle Says:

    Oh this is gorgeous! I LOVE this idea. If only I had a) a fall wedding, b) time and c) any sort of talent like this. I’m really impressed — even if only that your hand was steady enough before your wedding to make these delicate beauties!

  53. Sherry Says:

    What a cool idea. I love how simple it was, but how beautiful it turned out :)

  54. mrsbear Says:

    Those are amazing. They really look lovely on. It’s a much cooler alternative to a traditional boutineer.

  55. Toni Says:

    I love looking at pictures from your wedding! Everything was so beautiful and adding your own creative touch made things so unique and memorable! Move over Martha Stewart Heidi is here!!!

  56. Z's Mom Says:

    What a cute and unique idea!!!

  57. Kritta22 Says:

    Well arent’ you creative!?? I never would have thought of that! Thanks to Martha!!

  58. Nikki Says:

    The nests! Such a cute idea. Simple yet entirely one-of-a-kind.

  59. sandra407 Says:

    Hi! I was surfing and found your blog post… nice! I love your blog. :) Cheers! Sandra. R.

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