How to Make a Boutonniere

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It’s that time of year again! Time for proms and weddings galore! Today I am sharing with you how to make a boutonniere for that special guy.

Basically a boutonniere is a small tight bouquet with a flower and a couple of sprigs. And, with a little practice you can make these cuties if your in a pinch.

Boutonnieres can be made the night before the big day, you just need to keep them refrigerated. Here’s how they are done~

DIY Boutonniere tutorial

How to Make a Boutonniere


  • Flowers: You will need one small-medium flower or two small flowers for the base, a small filler flower and/or filler greenery, {I used a medium white Rose, 1 small green Chrysanthemum, some random leaf filler and Leather Leaf filler}
  • Floral tape
  • 22-24 gauge floral wire
  • Wire cutters and/or heavy duty scissors
  • Optional: 1/4 inch ribbon and flower preservative spray.


When purchasing your flowers, your local grocery stores usually have a great selection of bouquets, single flowers and greenery, {my personal favorite is Costco’s floral section}. You can also order smaller Roses or flowers at your local store in the Floral Department. I have found at this time of year they already have a great selection of smaller flowers since they make boutonnieres this time of season as well.

You should purchase your flowers the day of or the day before you are to use them. When you get home with your bouquet, the first thing you should do is maintain the flowers freshness. Flowers that have been out of water for even a short period of time seal up on the cut ends, so you must trim them again to keep them fresh. This will allow them to be able to absorb water and the flowers will last longer.

Trim your stems on a angle one inch from the original end with a sharp knife and cutting board; submerge the ends in cool water and store in a refrigerator.

To strengthen real flowers so the buds and stems will not be weak, break off or droop, you need to wire and tape the stems. If you are using silk you can either skip this step or you can wire and tape them as well. You should do this if the plastic stems are too thick, bulky or not flexible.

Trim Rose for BoutonniereCut your flower stem one inch from the bud.

Insert Wire through flower baseTake a 8 inch piece of floral wire and stick it straight through the base of the flower.

Wire flowers for BoutonniereFold the wire down and wrap with tape making a faux narrow stem. Stretch your tape as you wrap, this activates the stickiness of the tape for a firm hold around the wire.

Wire and tape flowers**Hint: To get the wire to go through a plastic based silk flower, heat the wire in the wick of a lit candle, and it will go through the base with ease.**

DIY Boutonniere for prom or weddingGroup your filler flower and greenery around the main base flower. If you are using two smaller flowers go ahead and tape them together, this will be your main base.

Tape & Wire Flowers togetherTape the greenery and filler to the base. Trim the wrapped wire down to around 2-3 inches to balance the arrangement or you can twirl the ends around for a cute pig tail look.

Tie Ribbon on BoutonniereMake sure the ends of the wires are covered with tape or turned under so they will not snag the fabric on the jacket.

To finish with a ribbon, {I used a sticky backed ribbon} fold over the end to cover the end of the wires first and wrap tightly around the base up to the top.

Mist your flowers with water or a flower preservative spray if you like. There are lot’s of recipes for flower preservative on the internet. {FYI~ I just used water and everything was fine}. Place the boutonniere in a plastic container and place in the refrigerator overnight. Be careful not to mist the ribbon it may change the color or ruin the look of the fabric.

For best results and no drooping, pin your boutonniere to the jacket horizontally with a corsage pin, weaving in and out through the fabric. And that’s it! Good luck! I’d love to see your creations!

Prom Boutonniere

XOXOKIMGCheck out more of my Floral Projects~


And so not to leave the ladies out~ see my tutorial on How to Make a Corsage!

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Boutonnieres these days are made in so many not so conventional ways, from fruit to feathers!


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How to Make a Simple Boutonniere using real flowers and silk. Learn how florists make boutonniere's for weddings, proms etc.

3 thoughts on “How to Make a Boutonniere

  1. Great tutorial! I love the blue sticky backed ribbon {never knew they made that!}.

    Pinning to our Party Board!

    Thanks so much for sharing your creativity with us at Show-Licious Craft & Recipe Party!

    ~ Ashley

  2. Your Tip Me Tuesday link is incredible this week! ~ Laurie {a.k.a. the Tip Junkie}

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