How to Make a Groom's Boutonniere With Flowers


A boutonniere is a floral accessory that is ordinarily worn by men during formal occasions. Ideally the boutonniere consists of one flower, which is pinned to the lapel or pocket of a dress jacket. Making a groom's boutonniere doesn't take much time, skill or materials.

Step 1

Snip the stem off the rose at an angle, leaving about 1 1/2 inches of stem that ends in a point.

Step 2

Squeeze one drop of hot glue onto the center of the rose's stem.

Step 3

Place one end of the strip of tissue paper on top of the rose's stem, and roll the paper tightly around it and the stem of the greenery.

Step 4

Place two small drops of hot glue on the seam of the tissue paper. If using floral stem tape instead of tissue paper, wrap the tape around the stem at a slight angle, stretching the tape as you go so it will stick to itself. Work from the bloom down, holding the tape still with one hand and twirling the flower with the other until the tape reaches the end of the stem.

Step 5

If you choose to include leaves or greenery in your boutonniere, hold the greenery behind the rose and arrange it so you achieve the look you want. Then repeat the tissue paper/floral tape process to attach the greenery to the rose.

Step 6

If using glue to make your boutonniere, let it set for approximately six hours.

Step 7

Use the pin to attach the boutonniere to the left breast pocket or lapel of the groom's suit coat or tux.

Things You'll Need

  • A single rose (any color)
  • Rose leaves or other greenery (optional)
  • Hot glue gun
  • 2-by-2-inch strip green tissue paper or floral stem tape
  • 2-inch straight pin or pearl-top boutonniere pin


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