How to Make Boutonnieres out of Greenery


A gardener can cut and use attractive greens from the garden and flower beds to make boutonnieres or "buttonholes" for special occasions or every day wear. Clippings from cedar, asparagus fern, fiddle head fern, leather leaf, holly, salal, smilax, lycopodium, galax, ruscus, bear grass, English and Swedish ivy can be incorporated into a greenery buttonhole adornment. You may experiment with other sturdy leaf or twig based greenery from your garden bushes or houseplants.

Step 1

Search for small twigs of greenery with sturdy stems in your garden. Make sure the leaves are whole and that there are no insects on the backs of the greens. Clip 4 to 6 inch pieces of twigs with shears and place into a small container that has an inch or two of room temperature water in it. Set into a cool room for a few hours to give the greenery a chance to absorb water.

Step 2

Cut greenery pieces at 3 to 4 inch lengths. Pick the best looking pieces.

Step 3

Hold a piece of the greenery in one hand. Slide a second piece of greenery on top of the first piece. Pull the end of the floral tape from the roll and wrap it around the stems at the point where you are holding the pieces together. Wrap around and around the stems until you reach the bottom of the twig.

Step 4

Place a 4 to 5 inch piece of wire next to the greenery with weak stems to give them extra support before taping them together.

Step 5

Bend a piece of florist wire and gently pierce a single leaf at each side from front to back near the bottom. Carefully twist one side of the wire and wrap it two to three times around the other side of the wire. Floral tape around the bottom of the leaf and down the wire covering it fully. Cut the taped wire to the length you want for a boutonniere stem.

Step 6

Carefully loop a long piece of ruscus or bear grass and hold the ends over a piece of wire for an alternative boutonniere. Wrap the two ends and wire support with floral tape to secure them together in the form of a loop. Add another loop of greenery to the first. Floral tape the two loops with a sprig of a second kind of greenery for a classy wedding boutonniere worthy of a groomsman.

Tips and Warnings

  • Be sure that you use greenery that is non-allergenic for the person wearing the boutonniere.

Things You'll Need

  • Garden shears
  • Small container
  • Florist wire
  • Green floral tape
  • Boutonniere pin


  • How to make a boutonniere

Who Can Help

  • Greenery
Keywords: buttonhole, greenery boutonniere, wedding boutonniere

About this Author

Suzie Faloon is a freelance writer who has written ad copy and online content for Demand Studios and Associated Content. As a professional crafter and floral designer, Faloon owned a florist business for nearly 25 years. She completed the Institute of Chilldren's Literature course in 1988.