Making your own boutonniere for a wedding, prom or other special occasion allows you to choose the flower type, flower color and accent greens to customize the piece. Using a rose and simple greens is the best starting point as the process to make the boutonniere is easy, low cost and requires few supplies. Experiment and become creative by using different flower and accent green combinations once the technique is mastered with a basic rose.
Cut the rose stem so there are 3 inches remaining. Inspect the rose to decide which side should face outward.
Lay two green leaves, a piece of accent fern or several small sprigs of baby's breath on a flat surface. Set the rose on top, making sure the correct side is facing out. The leaves or baby's breath should stick up approximately 1 inch taller than the top of the rose.
Place a 5-inch piece of floral wire behind the rose stem. Grasp all stems along with the wire and hold tightly. Make sure the rose and greens are placed in the position desired.
Hold the stems and wire together and wrap them tightly with florist's tape. Start at the top of the rose stem just below the bud and wrap to the bottom of the wire. Stretch the tape slightly while wrapping to make it stick to itself.
Twist the wire at the bottom of the boutonniere to create a corkscrew. Attach a ribbon bow by tying or hot gluing it just below the rose bud.
Attach the boutonniere to the lapel of a jacket with a long corsage pin.