To kick it off, I'm sharing the scoop behind a new mini-collection of bridal accessories that I just listed for sale in my Etsy shop. The pieces all feature vintage shell flowers that came from a crazy old "decorative" arrangement that I found in a thrift shop. The shells were arranged in a bouquet that sat in an oyster shell base of some sort....unfortunately, I didn't get a good picture of the base. Stuffed in among the shells were bits of plastic greenery and the whole thing was covered in a layer of dust.
Even though the arrangement was well past it's prime, I loved the little shell flowers and knew that I could turn them into something fabulous. I bought the arrangement, took it home, took it apart, swabbed every shell clean with a q-tip and here's what I came up with. You can click the links below the photos for more information about each piece.
I'm feeling like these would be awesome for a vintage or 1920s flapper-style seaside wedding... I can see the bride in the tiara, the flower girl or maid of honor in the headband and bridesmaids or moms in the magnolias. The magnolias can have hair clips or pins added to the back so they could even be dress embellishments or pinned to a ring pillow. I do have a few shell flowers left and am planning to put together a few boutonnieres. I'm also happy to customize pieces, so feel free to contact me if you have some other ideas about how to use these shells.
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