Make a Boutonniere

Sparkling Diamante Pins

Make a boutonniere shine and sparkle by adding flower jewelry.  For this lapel flower, I'm going to cut diamante pins  down to 1" by using wire cutters.

You can create an elegant look by using Pearl Pixie Pins as well.  They come in an assortment of different colors and are already cut to size.

Please observe all safety precautions when cutting corsage pins.  You'll need safety googles (a MUST for avoiding injuries to your eyes that can be caused by flying sharp points!!), a small block of styrofoam and a pair of heavy wire cutters.

Insert your long pin deeply into the foam, leaving only the amount of shank exposed that you want.

Squeeze the pliers firmly until the shank is cut.  You can place the fingers of your other hand lightly on the top of the pin head to keep it from flying across the room.

Cut the shank short enough to avoid sharp points extruding out the back of the flower, yet long enough to bury itself deeply into the flower head.

Dipping the end into flower adhesive  can assure that the pins stay in place.

Coordinating or contrasting colors of the pins can add sparkle or shine to any flower head.  These pins catch the light and look lovely in photographs.

The finished design works as both a boutonniere or a corsage.  Colored wire works very well as an alternative for corsage ribbon.

If you prefer a smaller boutonniere, use only one or two blooms depending on your preference.

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