wedding bouquet

fresh transit

Wedding-day ring transportation duties command attention with this striking autumnal option for the ring bearer.

Design by Christina Burton, AIFD

    Transporting a pair of wedding rings down a long aisle can be a big job for a little boy. So give this important task the attention it deserves by dressing up the typical transit device.
    Here, as a fall-friendly alternative to the traditional pillow, designer Christina Burton, aifd, crafted a plastic-foam base and covered it with fresh croton leaves. The colorful foliage is applied with spray adhesive, but a glimmering wrap of bullion wire helps hold it in place. On the “pillow’s” back side, a tie of bind wire forms a grasping point to help the wee courier hold tight to the precious cargo.
    On the front of the leaf-wrapped foam, fresh curly willow is used to fashion a botanical bow. Additional fresh adornments—spray chrysanthemums and slender crab- apple branches—are inserted into the plastic foam and secured with floral adhesive. More bullion wire lightly veils the blossoms and secures a pair of wedding bands in position.
    Because the fresh flowers and crab apples have no water source, select long-lasting blossoms that refrigerate well, as these do. And, with the autumnal color palette, recommend this alternative for fall, but consider similar versions throughout the year to offer a dressed up alternative that is lightweight and easy for a small boy to carry.

‘‘Kermit’ spray chrysanthemums, crab apples, croton leaves, curly willow tips and metal bands from favorite suppliers; Oasis® Bind Wire and Oasis® Floral Adhesive from Smithers-Oasis; Tack 2000 spray adhesive from Design Master Color Tool; Dixon Pins from Dixon Products; Styrofoam® from FloraCraft Corporation.
Slice off the corners of a plastic-foam square, to round them, so the shape closely resembles a pillow.
  HOW TO 2:
Rub a scrap piece of plastic foam on each of the corners and edges of the foam “pillow,” like sandpaper, to smooth.
  HOW TO 3:
Tie bind wire around the plastic-foam “pillow” in gift-wrap fashion. Insert a Dixon pin at the wire’s intersection. Form the wire ends into a loop, and twist the ends together.

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