This year I decided to make a boutonnière for Boyfriend and a matching hair flower for me. Instead of flowers though, I used succulents! Succulents really are the perfect plant; they're beautiful, hardy, don't wilt, and you just stick them back in the ground when you're done with them.
For this project I went with purple-colored plants. I've got a variety here in case I wanted some complimentary colors, but as you can see I ended up going all purple. I used an Aeonium succulent, a Wandering Jew (AKA Purple Heart), and the flower from a Mexican Sage bush (not recommended; it wilted by the end of the night).
Supplies actually used (though more are pictured):
Hot glue gun
Needle nose pliers
Plants of choice
Try to pick flowers or plants with longer stems. If your plant doesn't have enough stem, you may need to give it one by carefully inserting short piece of floral wire into the base and wrapping it with floral tape.
Once you've got all your plants taped together, put some hot glue on the back of the stems and wrap them with some ribbon. Fun-ish fact: the ribbon is actually from the hanging straps on my dress. I decided to repurpose them since I usually just cut them off anyway.
You may have to cut and restart the ribbon if it starts to look wrinkled or wonky. That's okay, just put some glue where you left off and keep going.
If you have some wire leftover, make a little curl with your hands or pliers. Don't forget to clean off any messy glue threads from the hot glue.
Use a nice long pin to secure it to the lapel of the suit (they sell special ones exactly this purpose at the craft store). Or if you're like me and don't have any, use 2 or 3 regular pins.
This is the only picture I have of my hair flower. Why yes, I did do my own 'do.
And there you have it! This project cost me ZERO dollars since I already had everything on hand. They turned out beautifully and we got lots of compliments throughout the night. Best of all, everything except the sage flower went back in the ground to recover and continue growing.
In case you haven't seen MU yet, I'll give you a hint: wait until after the credits for a bonus scene.
And if you HAVE already seen MU, I hope you loved it and thank you for supporting Pixar!