Making Rose Boutonnieres


A rose boutonniere pinned to the left lapel is a classic look for the men in a wedding party. The rose is formal and dignified, and roses can be used in the bridal or attendants' bouquets to give the wedding party a unified look. Roses are easily available from your garden or a florist, in a range of colors. You do not need a floral designer to construct these buttonholes. You can buy some simple florist supplies and make them yourself.

Cut Rose & Leaves

Step 1

Pick up the pruners and cut two leaves off the rose stem, snipping where the stems of the leaves meet the main stem of the rose.

Step 2

Remove any thorns on the rose stem.

Step 3

Trim the main stem of the rose so that it is 3 inches long.

Construct Boutonniere

Step 1

Pick up the floral tape and stretch the first four-inches gently to make it ready to stick to itself. Hold the rose in your left hand and with your right hand wrap the floral tape at an angle on the rose stem, from top to bottom, overlapping the tape slightly. Cut the tape at the bottom of the stem.

Step 2

Use your scissors to cut a piece of stem wire slightly shorter than each rose leaf. Cut a piece of waterproof tape the same length as the wire and tape the wire to the back of each leaf.

Step 3

Pick up the floral tape and stretch it lightly again. Hold a leaf in your left hand and take floral tape in your right hand. Wrap the tape at an angle from the top to the bottom of the leaf stem. Cut off the tape. Repeat these steps for the second leaf.

Step 4

Angle the leaves in an eleven o'clock and one o'clock position. Wrap the stems with floral tape, cut off and secure the tape at the bottom of the stems.

Step 5

Place the two leaves behind and above the rose with the stems together. Ensure that one-quarter of each leaf shows above the rose. Hold the leaves and rose together in your left hand. Stretch the floral tape lightly and wrap it tightly over the tape on the leaf and rose stems. Cut off the tape at the bottom of the stems.

Tips and Warnings

  • Refrigerate the boutonniere in a box if it will not be worn immediately.

Things You'll Need

  • Pruners
  • One medium rose on a stem with two or more leaves
  • Scissors
  • Stem wire or 20-gauge craft wire
  • Waterproof tape 1/4-inch wide
  • Green floral tape


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About this Author

Daffodil Planter's writing appears in the Chicago Sun-Times, and she is the Sacramento Gardening Scene Examiner for A member of the Garden Writers Association, she has a bachelor's degree from Stanford, a law degree from the University of Virginia and studies horticulture at Sierra College.