Enameled pins were all the rage in the 60's. Flower Power. They're making a comeback, even showing up in wedding bouquets as shown below from the Wedding Chicks blog. Like all retro things, the pins are quite a bit more expensive than they were in the 60's. This cute little bouquet can make a sizable dent in your budget.
There must be a way to simulate this look. CSMT to the rescue!
Download the pattern for the daisy and dogwood blossoms here. Print and cut them out.
tins such as cookie tins, olive oil cans and sand buckets
metallic shank buttons (most of these were plastic)
18 gauge wire
various colored spray paints
tin cutters or strong scissors
hammer and nail
Cut apart the tin and then trace on the patterns with the permanent marker. Cut out the flowers with tin cutters or scissors. If you avoid making points or burrs, the edges will not be sharp or cut you. Files can be used to remove pointy bits if necessary.
Make two small holes in the middle of the blossom by hammering with a nail from the back side. Any rough edges made by the nail will be hidden later on. Fold the daisy petals horizontally and cup the dogwood blossoms. This is very easily done with your hands.
Cut a length of wire about a foot long. Make a loop at the top and thread the two ends through the holes. Pull the loop through gently with the pliers if necessary. Twist the short end over the long wire and squeeze the loop together right at the blossom.
Spray the front and the back with primer. Set in a jar (this one was filled with beans) and allow to dry.
Spray each flower (front and back) with an appropriate color and let dry. Snip off the button shank, put a dollop of glue on the back of the button., then apply to the front of the flower.
Wind the wire with floral tape.
I was able to make 12 flowers from a rather small tin pail purchased at the dollar store.