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How to Make a Boutonniere in 6 Easy Steps

written by Thalia Basulto January 4, 2019
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If you’re a DIY bride that wants to learn how to make a boutonniere, you’ve come to the right place! DIY boutonnieres are easy and fun to make. With the right supplies and a little direction, you can whip up gorgeous boutonnieres for all the men in your wedding party.  Read on for step by step instructions for making a DIY boutonniere, plus a quick video demonstration.

1. Gather Your Supplies

Here’s exactly what you’ll need to create a DIY boutonniere:

  • Flowers
  • Shears
  • Floral tape
  • Floral wire
  • Magnets or pins

(You can pick up these items individually at your local craft store or you can order a kit that comes complete with everything you need besides the flowers. For our video tutorial, we used a this boutonniere-making kit and this wholesale combo flower pack.)

2. Prep Flowers

Gather the flowers you want to use and trim smaller sprigs off any spray flowers and cut longer stems down a bit — don’t make them too short though. Just make them shorter so they’re easier to work with. We’ll cut them to size in the last step!

3. Wrap Stems with Wire and/or Floral Tape

Remove any extra foliage and wrap each stem with floral tape. Wrapping each stem with floral tape will add support and stability. Tightly wrap the floral tape by pulling slightly and wrapping downwards around the floral wire and stems. Note: If your individual stems are too thin, you can bunch two or three stems together with a strand of floral wire to create a thicker stem before you begin wrapping around the floral tape.  Once you reach the end of the each stem, snip off your extra tape with scissors.

4. Arrange Your Flowers

Now for the fun part: Once all of your stems are wrapped in floral tape, you can begin your arrangement. Start with your focal flower first and then add in accent flowers and greenery.

5. Re-wrap the Entire Boutonniere

Once you’re pleased with the way your boutonniere looks, wrap floral tape around the entire base of the boutonniere and use your floral shears to trim the boutonniere to the right size.  For a unique touch, you can add a piece of floral wire that’s a little longer than the stems before the final wrapping. Then, once it’s all wrapped, you can twist the extra length of the floral wire into a curly-Q shape for an added accent at the bottom!

6. Attach Pins or a Magnet

The final touch is preparing the boutonniere to be worn. You can use either a pin or magnets. To use a magnet, hot glue it to the back of the boutonniere. The gentleman that wears it can simply snap it into place with a second magnet worn underneath the fabric of his jacket. The other option is to push an elegant pin through the boutonniere’s base that the man can affix to his jacket.

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