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How to Wire Flowers

Make A Boutonnière Recipe, Tools & Video

How To Make A Boutonnière

Flower Duet Shows you how to make a custom boutonnière for your special event. We give you a free video, tools list and more!

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:
    • Succulents
    • Roses
    • Mums
    • 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)

Purchase Our Boutonnière Kit

Boutonniere KitFlower Duet’s Boutonnière Kit has what you need to create your own fresh flower buttonholes. You just need to add your own flowers. The kit includes:

  • Floral Tape
  • Floral Pins
  • Felted Wool Pincushion (keeps pins sharp)
  • 24-guage Floral Wire

All of this in a resealable heavy duty plastic bag which is essential for keeping floral tape “fresh” as it can dry out easily. Perfect for wedding planners, wedding photographers, wedding filmmakers and anyone who might need to repair or make a boutonnière on-the-fly.

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Steps For Making a Boutonnière

Flower Duet flower arranging student placing a wire through a hot pink rose stem to make a boutonniere.

Flower Duet flower arranging student placing a wire through a hot pink rose stem to make a boutonniere during a wiring class at our Floral Design Studio.

  1. Be sure all the materials dry before you start as the floral tape will not adhere if it is wet.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Using floral tape, wrap the stem and wire to join them together covering the wire and stem completely.
  5. 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.
  6. 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 water and enduring a day of hugs, photos and jumping for joy.

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