Ever woke up in the morning and said to yourself, "I'd like to make a boutonniere today, but I just don't know how?" I'm a florist and I don't recall ever asking myself that question either.
But just in case you ever need an emergency boutonniere, here's how to make one in 3 easy steps:
Here's what you'll need:
1 small perfect flower (spray rose or mini carnation) that's been in water
green floral tape
sharp scissors or knife
one straight pin
Here's how to make a basic boutonniere:
1. Place a ruler beneath the flower head and measure 1.5 inches. Cut the flower there on an angle. Throw out the rest of the stem.
2. Wrap the flower stem in floral tape beginning under the flower to the bottom on an angle. Do the same thing going back up the stem. Cut the tape. Stretch the end of the tape attached to the flower then stick it down.
3. Take the straight pin and stick into the tape on an angle, but don't let the pointy end go through the tape.
That's it! You've made a boutonniere.
Helpful tips for making a simple boutonniere:
- Your boutonniere will last longer if you put in a small covered box or plastic bag in the refrigerator until you're ready to use it..
- You can use a larger flower, but if you're not careful it may end up looking ridiculous.
- If you're afraid to cut the stem too short leave it a bit longer, but the focus should be on the flower not the long stem wrapped in floral tape.
- This truly is the most basic of boutonnieres. Foliage and other flowers can be added to reflect the color or style of the event.
- Be sure to use a flower that will last long. If you're not sure, ask your flower salesperson.
- Use a pin with a bead or pearl on one end if possible. They're a bit longer and easier to use when you're attaching the boutonniere to clothing.
Please tell me what you think about the boutonnieres you've seen or made in the comments below.