DIY Gilded Cotton Boll Boutonnieres

1 Oct

Before even thought about my bouquet, I knew what I wanted to do for boutonnieres for the wedding. Anthony and I met at the Cotton Bowl in Fair Park, Dallas so I thought natural cotton bolls would be a sweet nod to where we met (like our engagement photos).

Rather than paying $135 on boutonnieres (9 x $15 is what I was quoted), I DIYed my boutonnieres for $17.

I made the bows with metallic velvet ribbon and hot glue, then adhered them to the stems of the natural cotton. I was going to keep the stems natural, but last minute I decided to gild the stems with supplies I had leftover from making my wooden menus. I love how they turned out. I made silver boutonnieres for the dads, groomsmen, ushers, and officiant, but I painted Anthony’s gold.  I think these are perfect for fall wedding and could be painted any color. They can be made months in advance, and and add great texture to the grooms(men) attire.


Originally I planned on hot-gluing pins behind the ribbons to attach the boutonnieres to the guys’ lapels to make it easy for them, but in the middle of making them, I found out the head of the cotton were just to heavy to stay upright. Typical straight pin application worked just fine.

DIY Gilded Cotton Boll Boutonniere

All photos were taken by Jeremy & Krisitin photography. 

5 Responses to “DIY Gilded Cotton Boll Boutonnieres”

  1. Caitlin 1 October 2013 at 8:55 AM #

    So good. And inexpensive!

  2. Emily 1 October 2013 at 11:07 AM #

    This is a wonderful idea and you look absolutely gorgeous! I love the birdcage veil.

    • gusto&grace 1 October 2013 at 11:16 AM #

      Thank you, Emily! I had so much fun with the details.

  3. Sarah 3 October 2013 at 12:52 AM #

    cute idea!


  1. The Best of Gusto and Grace 2013 Edition | gusto & grace - 31 December 2013

    […] To see my wedding at a glance, watch our video.  You can also check out what I did to follow the “Something Old” wedding tradition. Some of my favorite DIY projects from the big day were my invitation suite, the floral shutter decor, and the gilded cotton boll boutonnieres. […]

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