How to make Boutonnieres & Buttonholes


You can make your own boutonnieres, otherwise known as buttonholes, for a wedding, prom or other formal event. Boutonnieres are the equivalent of a corsage for men, and are worn on the left lapel of their suit or tuxedo jacket over the heart. A groom’s boutonniere should coordinate with the bridal bouquet. The best man, groomsmen, ushers, fathers and any other men involved in the wedding should have smaller but complementary boutonnieres to the groom. Boutonnieres for prom or other formal events can match a tie or the dress or corsage of a man’s date.

Step One

Determine how many flowers to include in your arrangement. Most boutonnieres consist of one or two flowers, or possibly three smaller flowers for a more elaborate arrangement.

Step Two

Cut the stems on each flower between two and four inches long, depending on how long you want the boutonniere to be. Lay out your leaves and greenery and place the flower in the front center. For two flowers, off-set them by placing one slightly higher than the other.

Step Three

Hold the stems of the flowers and greenery together once you're satisfied with the way the boutonniere looks. Wrap the stems with florist tape, beginning at the top of the stems just under the flower head. Wind the tape around the stems while pulling the tape tight, which will cause it to stick to itself.

Step Four

Tie a small bow under the flower head if you desire. Add a boutonniere pin by sticking it into the bulk of the stems. This will allow the recipient to pin it to his lapel, securing it for the event.


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