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Video:Make Your Own Boutonniere

with Jonathon E. Stewart

Boutonnieres are a classy accessory for a formal outfit and an easy way to compliment your date's corsage. Exercise your creativity and save some bucks in the floral department by designing your own boutonniere.See Transcript

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Transcript:Make Your Own Boutonniere

Hey guys - Jonathon Stewart here for About.com. Boutonnieres, corsages, bouquets - with all the different flower arrangements for a formal event, it can get a little out of control. But start with the basics, a simple single-flower boutonniere, and the rest is gravy. Check it out.

Boutonniere Supplies

Boutonnieres are easy to make at home, and can save you a bundle. Unlike corsages or bouquets, boutonnieres typical only have one flower and greens or other accents. Today you'll need:
  • several feet of green floral tape
  • some soft-gauge florists wire
  • wire snips, scissors
  • some fern greens or baby's breath
  • and of course, a flower
The flower you pick is totally up to you - be creative here, roses and carnations are traditional, but other flowers like orchids and even daisies are coming around pretty strong these days.

Prepare the Boutonniere Flower

Start by prepping the flower you've selected for your boutonniere. With your kitchen scissors, trim it so that just a couple inches of the stem remains, and strip away any thorns or leaves.

You know at this point, you can practically just pop it in the button hole of your lapel and call it a day. But if you're looking for that formal touch, which will also give your flower a little more stamina to last the duration of your event, plow ahead.

Make the Boutonniere

Next, cut about an eight inch length of wire and then poke a hole just below the head of the flower and feed it through, equal to a little longer than the stem, being very careful not to damage it. Carefully fold the wire down on both sides of the stem, and trim the excess with your wire snips. Next, take a length of your floral tape and, starting at the top, wind the tape around the two pieces of wire and the stem - you may have to stretch the tape a little for it to be fully adhesive.

Some people might recommend poking a hole through the face of the flower and feeding it through there, just be extra careful about damaging the flower if you choose to go this route.

Next, wire your greens or other accents and carefully tape them to your flower. Be sure to cover your wire ends so they won't poke you later - you might also try twisting them into a decorative tail. Ribbons or other accents can jazz up your boutonniere, but just remember that the goal here is simplicity. Voila.

Keep the Boutonniere Fresh

Your boutonniere should remain fresh in your fridge for a day or two, especially if you spritz it with a little water regularly. But be sure to keep it away from any produce, which might give off an ethylene gas which can reduce the life span of your flower. Finally, don't forget to get some pins to attach your boutonniere, and have a blast.

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