Video: How to Make a Boutonniere
Ready to learn how to make a boutonniere? Begin with a 3–4 inch section of 20-gage wire. Fold the section in half to form a bobby pin shape, and insert both ends into the middle of a flower such as a ranunculus. Tug down until the loop sits firmly in the middle of the flower. Using a piece of stem tape (in a color as close as possible to the natural stem), wrap the wire “stem” beginning as close to the base of the flowerhead as possible. Then carefully bend the flower head down a tad so that it faces out.
Next, add a few sprigs of greenery and/or some texture elements such as berries behind the flower, allowing them to gesture to the right of the boutonniere, since the finished product will sit on the left lapel and flourish out to the wearer’s left once pinned. Secure the additional elements to the flower stem with more stem tape.
Finish by trimming the stem ends at a slight angle, and wrapping with either a fresh length of stem tape and/or a small amount of ribbon.
Wire your focal flower so that you can control the angle at which it tilts outward for best presentation
Consider the ultimate positioning on a lapel while adding greenery and textural gestures; flourishes to your right (as you face the boutonniere in your hand) are ideal
For the most elegant look, remember to give the stem ends a nice clean diagonal trim before finishing off!
Depending on the style of wedding, you can finish with either bare tape in a natural color, or a tiny ribbon bow