Boutonnières Made Simple

Boutonnières made simple by Farmhouse38.comSince we had the bouquet how-to, let’s round it out with a boutonnière tutorial. A tutonnière. Sorry. I’m awkward. Sorry.

Boutonnières really are a very simple thing to make–which is awesome, since bouquet-making tends to be fairly taxing on the old creative juices. The bits and pieces of scrap flowers and greens leftover from bouquet-making are the perfect things to make your bouts from. Don’t get too hung up on trying to make your bouts match your bouquets–they only need to reference each other with a few similar materials.

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When you strip away the leaves and misc. branches from your bouquet materials, be sure to keep them for use in other small arrangements, boutonnières, and flower crowns. I keep a mason jar with water handy to drop any useable bits into.

It is very important to select really strong, hardy materials for your bouts–as these flowers will be out of water the duration of the event, and are always subject to extensive hug-abuse. You want to pick materials that don’t wilt easy–in fact I highly recommend testing a piece of your prospective materials by leaving them out of water for several hours before you start assembling. Do they get super droopy and flimsy? Pick something that holds its shape better. Marigolds are great, so are roses, and so are a wealth of other flowers and greens.

Much like the bouquets, I would recommend assembling one day prior to the event.

To assemble a simple, single-bloom bout, you will need:

-One large, sturdy bloom (I used a marigold)

-One large, sturdy leaf (I used a scented geranium leaf)

-Light green floral tape

-Baker’s twine

-And don’t forget your boutonnière pins (they come in every color of the rainbow, so be sure to coordinate)

Cut your marigold and leaf so that the stems are about four inches long each (this is much longer than the finished size will be, but there is a method to my madness, I promise). Arrange them so that the blossom sits comfortably atop the leaf, and then wrap the stems tightly with floral tape. Make sure to stretch the floral tape a tiny bit first, this activates the stickiness of it.

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Similar to the bouquet process, only put as much tape on the stems as can be covered by your decorative twine.

Now, tie your baker’s twine just above the top of the tape and wrap it solidly down the stems until it covers the bottom tape edge. Tie a knot, and cut off all loose ends. Take another piece of twine and tie a bow at the top.

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The stems should still be too long. I usually keep them that way until the day of so that they can sit in a shallow bit of water and stay as fresh as possible.

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Keep the bouts in water in a dark, cool place until they are ready to be cut a few hours prior to the event. They can be laid flat until they are ready to be pinned onto their victims. Don’t forget to label who gets what!

So there you have a very basic, but adorable boutonnière (and frankly, just doing a single bloom is even easier–don’t underestimate it!). But…well…what if you want to get a little more creative? Here’s some inspiration:

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A sprig of succulent, a petite rose, and some hypericum berries make a nice little shot of color all finished with a wrap of copper wire.

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Orangey-red gomphrena, yellow goldenrod, and lavender leaves wrapped in paper-covered wire.

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Orchids are a fantastic choice for bouts, as they hold their shape out of water for a very long time. This cymbidium is pair with green hypericum berries and wrapped completely in raffia-covered wire.

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More sturdy ingredients include fern shoots, spiky sea holly, and lemon leaf.

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I’m a huge fan of using non-botanical materials in bouts and bouquets. It’s pretty great to know that they’re not going to wilt. Here we have some feathers tucked behind a bright zinnia, a sprig of eucalyptus, and a few sprigs of caspia. After the tape-wrapping, grey grosgrain ribbon was hot-glued in place, and topped off with a small steel star (also hot-glued into place). This is a good example of how a bout looks when you trim the stems flush with the wrap for a tidier look.

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Here’s a great example of why labeling your boutonnieres on the day of is so important. Be sure to provide plenty of pins, and always make one or two extra bouts, just in case.

***Things to remember*** 

-Choose the sturdiest materials available to you. Incorporating non-botanicals is a fun way to make sure your bouts don’t droop.

-Keep your materials in water for as long as possible–often this means keeping the stems long and clipping them just before showtime.

-Experiment with added decorations; don’t be afraid to pull out the hot glue gun and glue fun things into the mix. Don’t be tied (see what I did there?) to only finishing off with ribbon: use wire, twine, beads, etc.

-MAKE EXTRAS!!! Accidents happen, and it’s nice to have replacements.




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One thought on “Boutonnières Made Simple

  1. Riana October 8, 2014 at 4:18 am Reply

    This is the first time I see flowers like that. There is no in my country Indonesia.

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