The last time you saw our boutonnieres, they looked like this:
I know you’ve been DYING to see these things finished, so I’m finally happy to be able to oblige.
I wanted to attach the LEGO minifigs to the center of these flowers, but I didn’t want it to be permanent—once The Big Day is over, you should be able to take the little dudes off and play with them! So rather than reaching for the hot glue gun, I decided to use something I have spools and spools of around here, leftover from another project: floral wire! It’s thin, light, and malleable, so it’ll do a good job holding these guys in place without looking bulky, and when everybody goes home they can simply snip the wire and remove their LEGO.
First, I poked a hole in the center of the flower with an awl (a pointy thing you use a lot in leather working). If you don’t have a pointy thing, you could always use sharp scissors.
I cut a length of floral wire and wrapped it around the minifig until I was satisfied that it would be secure.
I passed both ends of that wire through the hole in the center of the flower. To turn these flowers into boutonnieres, I purchased some of these pin backs from a craft supply shop on Etsy because I could not find them ANYWHERE in craft stores. (This is the first time my dear friend Michaels has ever let me down!) Those holes are a convenient place to pass the ends of that wire.
Those holes are also great for hot glue. Once everything was lined up, I lifted the center of the pin up a little and shot in a bead of hot glue, then pressed the pin firmly against the fabric. The hot glue smooshes between the pin and the fabric, creating a connection, but it also seeps through that hole and eeks onto the outside of the pin back. Once the glue hardens, you’ve got not only the sticky bond of the glue, but also a mechanical link created by the solid piece of glue. Observe this cross-section:
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So this is hardly an unbreakable bond, but it is pretty darn sturdy.
All that’s left to do is twist the ends of the wire together tightly, snip them short, and bend them flat against the pin.
Want to see them all together?
Before I started this project, I asked Mr. Potion to pick out a LEGO character that represents the personality of each of his attendants. Instead, he sent a Facebook message to everyone and asked them to choose a character. *facepalm* Just a heads up to anyone who wants to reproduce these—you canNOT buy individual characters at LEGO stores, though they do have little bins where you can assemble your own minifig with a limited selection of bodies, heads, hair, and accessories. We scoured Amazon and eBay for these guys, most of which were $5 or less—but a couple were upwards of $15, depending on how “rare” they are.
So we have, starting from the top of the pyramid:
So…what do you think? If you had to pick a LEGO character to represent you, what would you pick? (Check out the characters on the official site!) What are your groom and his attendants wearing on their lapels on your wedding day?