Since 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.
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
-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.
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.
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.
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:
***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.