Flower Duet has many online resources to help you learn to make your own boutonnière or buttonhole. Check out all of these ideas from your floral designing sisters at Flower Duet.
Tools for Making Boutonnières
When choosing flowers, it’s best to choose ones that last a long time out of water and can endure hugs. Read our tips on how to choose flowers for boutonnières & corsages.
- Flowers that last well out of water & can endure hugs:
- Scabiosa Pods
- Craspedia (Billy Balls)
- Various Greenery like Seeded Eucalyptus, Ruscus, Camellia
- Brunia Berries
- Berzillia Berries
- Hypericum Berries
- Cymbidium Orchids
- Baby’s Breath
- 6 inches of Straight Florist’s Wire in 24–26 gauge
- Floral Tape in Green
- Boutonnière Pins
- Floral Shears or Floral Knife
- Wire Cutters
- Ribbon or Twine to Cover Tape (Optional)
Steps For Making a Boutonnière
- Be sure all the materials dry before you start as the floral tape will not adhere if it is wet.
- Cut the rose stems to a length of 1‑inch and insert the wire thru the stem about ¼ down from the base of the head.
- Run the wire thru so that the stem has the wire sticking out on both sides evenly and then drop them down to parallel where the stem had been, making a new thin stem.
- Using floral tape, wrap the stem and wire to join them together covering the wire and stem completely.
- Add any leaves or small flowers by taping the stem to the taped “wire stem” and trimming the excess stem before running the tape down the wire.
- Be sure to stick a boutonniere or corsage pin into the base of the design before the event.
How to Wire Flowers Video
Casey Schwartz shows Sheryl Borden of Creative Living TV how to wire basic flowers. This skill builds the foundation for creating anything from the basic man’s boutonniere to a woman’s corsage. From there, you can create, hair wreaths, garlands, and even floral dog collars.
How To Wire Succulents for A Bridal Bouquet Video
Learn how to combine beautiful succulent plants with fresh flowers to create a stunning bridal bouquet from the floral designing sisters, Kit & Casey of Flower Duet.
Learn more about what the best boutonnière flowers are for lasting well out of the water and enduring a day of hugs, photos and jumping for joy.