You’re probably wondering what the heck a “bousage” is. Well, I am here to tell you that I just made up that word, but in my little mind, it makes total sense. Corsage + Boutonniere = Bousage. It’s fun to say and waaaayyy easier to spell than boutonniere. Say it with me: Bousage. Bousage. Bousage. Fun, right?
These sweet little flowers made from tulle, lace and pearls are a 2-in-1 and can be worn as a wrist corsage or pinned on as a boutonniere. I was seeking a unique and more budget-friendly alternative to traditional corsages and boutonnieres with real flowers. Personally, I am not a fan of wearing a heavy boutonniere while wearing a dress or light top. Beautiful, yes. But, it usually starts to sag and get in the way, and falls off in my drink. With that said, I decided to craft up something that would give our guests-of-honor the choice. How accommodating, right? Here’s what I came up with:Aren’t they pretty? The second flower pictured was actually made from chiffon and the third one is made from tulle. Either fabric works well. Ready to make your own? Supply list and steps to make your own below. Ready, set, go!
- 1-1/2 Inch Flat Pin
- Tulle (any color of your choice- I used white) or chiffon
- Crystal Swarovski 4mm Bicone Bead, pearl beads, larger crystal bead or rhinestones ( I used small crystal beads and pearl beads together)
- Stretch Pearl Bracelet ( you can make a few from each bundle)
- Lace (optional)
- Faux Leaves (optional- HINT: dollar store flowers!)
- Thread to match tulle color & Needle
- E 6000 glue or super glue
- White Felt ( 1-2 sheets)
- Sharp Scissors
And the steps to make your own; click on the imagine below to download a printable PDF version.
Unfortunately, I do not have any additional close-up photos and I failed to take photos when I made them. However, I can show you a few of our favorite people modeling the flowers as boutonnieres:
I used a similar technique to make my flower hairpiece and flower sash. I used the left over chiffon and lace from my Mom’s altered dress. I added the cobalt blue and teal feathers, for a pop of color, and sewed onto a bobby pin.
Are you going traditional with your corsages and boutonnieres or living on the edge and making yourself some “bousages”?
Photo Credit: Mark Schlanser Photography