august is officially over and i have to admit that i cannot wait for fall! i know the days are already getting shorter and my apartment is about to turn to ice, but i will always be a die hard autumn girl. these beautiful fresh floral accessories from the monkey flower group are already taking me there. i can practically smell the hint of fall in the air…yay!
the monkey flower group is a floral design studio run by jaime, a california native who recently moved from vermont back home to the lush napa valley. she sells her handmade pieces at the local farmers market, and even though the majority of customers wear them to weddings and other special events, they can so easily be worn a number of ways for a little everyday beauty. i would totally make these a frequent splurge; the colors and textures are simply gorgeous and so evocative of the season. you can see more pieces from all four seasons on her site (these maple leaf boutonnieres might be my faves). i am going to run outside and pick up some leaves to get started! thanks, jaime! –kate
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– small and sturdy leaves, buds, blossom, berries, and/or seeds
– needle and thread
– narrow ribbon (1/4″ to 3/8″ wide, 1 ft. length for pin, 2 ft. length for band)
– corsage pin
additional materials needed for pin:
– fine gauge florists’ wire, cut into 5 inch lengths
– paraffin florists’ tape
– household glue
– wire clippers
how to make the pin:
1. Fold a length of wire in half and pierce it through your first leaf, bud, blossom, berry, or seed. Twist one half of the wire around the other half and the stem.
2. Repeat this process with all the botanical elements you plan to use in your pin, then wrap each wired element with florists’ tape.
3. Bundle them all in a tiny bouquet and secure together with more florists’ tape. Clip the wires to the same length, a little more than an inch.
4. Cut an 8″ length of ribbon, fold it over the bottom of wires, then gradually wind upwards until the florists’ tape is entirely covered. Use a needle and thread to secure the ribbon with a single stitch, then tie off the thread and trim the remaining thread and ribbon.
5. Cut a 4″ length of ribbon and dab an inch long line of household glue along it. Set your tiny bouquet on top of the glue and tie the ribbon into a simple, one-knot bow.
6. Pierce with a corsage pin and wear as you would as a brooch, or attach to the top of a wrapped gift for a special (wearable) finishing touch.
how to make the ribbon:
1. Cut a 2 ft. length of ribbon and pin (or tape) one end to your working surface.
2. Using a needle and thread, carefully sew your selected small and sturdy leaves, buds, blossom, berries, or seeds to the ribbon, one element at a time.
3. When you have finished your design, tie off the thread and trim the remainder.
4. Wear the ribbon as a bracelet, hair ornament, or necklace, or tie to a wrapped gift for a special (wearable) finishing touch.