Today I’ll share a few photos of the DIY boutonniere I made. The tools, and tips for how to make a boutonniere. I’ll walk you through how to make your own, and give you tips based on what I learned from my DIY boutonniere, and added a video of ideas. Plus more resources to help you make your own boutonniere. I challenged myself to make a boutonniere for my daughter’s prom date, and am glad I did. Have you ever tried making a boutonniere for a prom or wedding?
Although this one was for Sammie’s prom date you can make them for your DIY weddings using the same instructions, tips and resources we have listed in today’s post.
How to Make a Boutonniere
The first thing I found out after the fact to consider is where will the boutonniere go? On the outside of the jacket just pinned. Or in a slot on the jacket? In our case we didn’t realize the jacket had a slot. Which is handy, and makes it easier to keep them stable. But, if the jackets you are making them for have a slot be sure to make them a bit skinner, allowing the boutonniere slide into the hole the entire way. You will still need to pin them in the back, which will keep them on, and stable when dancing, or moving around.
Many have curled ends, or you can have a straight end. I went with a straight end.
I think ours came out pretty good for the first time making one. What do you think? I thought so, especially since we used garden flowers, along with flowers and leaves pulled from a Mother’s Day arrangement. Luckily we had their colors. Here’s a few tips for grabbing your flowers.
When we did our daughter’s DIY wedding flowers we pre ordered, and purchased our flowers from a grower. Picking seasonal flowers cut down the costs. Look for local growers nearby. Another alternative is to go to a flower market if you live near by one. Of course if are only creating your own boutonnieres you will need less floral supplies. Consider grocery store floral departments, and florists. But, make sure you are getting the freshest flowers you can.
Cost vs. making well, that depends if you craft. But, when purchasing the boutonnieres; on average pricing can be high depending on where you live.
Pick smaller flowers. The white flowers and leaves are going to be placed against the jacket. Rose to the front of arrangement. Before wrapping your flowers arrange them in your hand a couple of ways to see what you like best. Always keeping your focal flower or rose in front center. Trim bottom stems to be about 1-1/2 inches prior to wiring, and wrapping. Handle the flowers gently.
Tips for making a boutonniere
- Use fresh flowers
- Dried flowers such as babies breath optional for filler
- Make sure your flowers, and buds are smaller
- Trim length to 1-1/2 inches
- Make stems reinforced with a floral pick
- Use floral tape to wrap around the pick, with wire entirely top to bottom 1 time
- Have flat satin ribbon (or other ribbon, twine or flat burlap) to wrap 1 time from top to bottom covering the floral tape
- Hot glue at top when starting, and at bottom after tying off, trimming, and tucking in end
- You will need 2 long straight pins with heads to secure to jacket
- You may need to hot glue a dot to bottom of flower to secure, only if needed (only using a tiny drop)
- Make them as close to the event as you can, keep fresh flowers cool
- Finished length is around 1-1/2 inches (tutorial)
Supplies – Tools you will need for making a boutonniere / corsage
- Fresh flowers, leaves, and fillers
- Possibly, a wire cutters
- Straight Corsage Pins
- Floral Picks, and Floral Tape or Floral Arrangement Set
- Satin Ribbons
Need more help? See a few more ideas on how to make a boutonniere.
Check out these tutorials:
- WikiHow How to Make a Boutonniere
- SaveonCrafts How to Make a Boutonniere
- Step by Step video DIY Basic Boutonniere
Have you ever tried making a diy boutonniere?