How to Make a Fresh-Flower Boutonniere


A boutonniere is for the groom to wear on his wedding day and is made from one or two fresh flowers of the same type as the bridal bouquet. A French word meaning buttonhole, a boutonniere is typically worn in the left lapel buttonhole over the man's heart, symbolizing his love for the bride. To make it more special, his sweetheart may want to include a small love note tucked into the flowers for his eyes only.

Step 1

Use either one or two flowers for the boutonniere and choose ones that are not fully mature or opened up completely so that they last longer.

Step 2

Cut the stem of the flower to about 6 inches long and, if using two flowers, make one flower slightly shorter than the other.

Step 3

Take a leaf or two leaves and lay one on top of the other so their sides overlap. The leaves should be no longer than 6 inches.

Step 4

Place the flowers on top of the leaves. Add baby's breath if desired.

Step 5

Wrap floral wire around the stems and the end of the leaves to hold in place. Wrap floral tape around the stems to hide the wire. Start the tape underneath the flowers and wrap tightly down around the stems.

Step 6

Cut an 8-inch piece of ribbon and tie directly under the flower(s). Make a bow of the loose ends. Insert the boutonniere in the left lapel buttonhole and use a corsage pin to hold in place.

Things You'll Need

  • Flower, 1 or 2
  • Leaves
  • Floral wire
  • Floral tape
  • Ribbon
  • Baby's breath
  • Corsage pin


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Residing in Southern Oregon, Amy Madtson has been writing for Demand Studios since 2008 with a focus on health, pregnancy, crafts and gardening. Her work has been published on websites such as eHow and Garden Guides, among others. Madtson has been a childbirth educator and doula since 1993.