DIY Devotee

Today we are sharing a fab little DIY project from this side of the pond, by Sam – one half of Sam and Sequoia at MirrorBox Photography.
I spotted this on their blog a little while ago and Sam actually made these cute as a button buttonholes for the men at her own wedding.

She has taken super fun pictures that illustrate the DIY perfectly, and I’m so happy to share them!

Thanks Sam!

DIY Buttonholes

Arranging all of the flowers for your wedding would perhaps be a daunting task. However buttonholes are super easy to make. You can make them on the morning of the wedding in seconds. Better still, isn’t that what bridesmaids are for?

Get creative, use different fabrics, vintage buttons, sweet smelling herbs. I made the buttonholes for the menfolk at my wedding and here is a step by step guide to how I did it.

Sam – Mirrorbox Photography


1. Ribbon (roughly 25cm) 2. Florist’s wire 3. Three contrasting pieces of fabric 4. Pinking shears 5. Buttonhole pin 6. Florist’s tape 7. Flower stems

Step 1. Cut each piece of fabric into a leaf shape with the pinking shears. Make each one slightly smaller than the other, the biggest will go to the back and the smallest at the front.

Step 2. Arrange your flowers and wrap them securely with the florist’s wire.

Step 3. Place the flowers on top of your fabric and secure tightly with the florist’s tape.

Step 4. Wrap the ribbon tightly around the tape making sure to cover it all. Tie together and cut any excess ribbon, leaving a little flowing free at the end. Use the pin to fasten to the lapel.

The last picture is of Sam’s Dad wearing one of her homemade buttonholes on the day of her own wedding. I love how personal that is – can you imagine making one for your groom to wear and having it delivered from him to you on the morning of your wedding? So romantic! And it looks so easy!

Big thanks to Sam for sharing this with us – do pop over to the Mirrorbox blog and see the whole post.

Yours Truly,


P.s Let us know what buttonhole ideas you guys have for W-day!

Author: Becky Sappor
Becky is at her happiest when dunking a slightly chilled chocolate digestive into a very warm, very milky cup of tea. She also loves her job and pinches herself every day to make sure that she isn’t in a graphic design dreamworld.

7 thoughts on “DIY Devotee

  1. I’m with amy f – i love these posts! they’re perfect for a friday afternoon when you’ve been to pizza express for lunch and don’t fancy doing anything strenuous 🙂

    I’m definitely going to give these a go, the buttonholes have been troubling me for some time but this is the inspiration i needed!

    thanks RMW

  2. I am clueless when it comes to buttonholes – I can’t find anything I like 🙁

    These are really cute but I am useless at making anything….moan moan moan!

  3. I definitely agree with Amy that DIY devotee is the best of all the great features on RMW 🙂
    I am doing buttonholes (and all other floristry) for our big day – at the moment it’s looking like buttonholes will be dahlias (the dark red spiky ones) for the best men and gloriosa for the Main Man. Plus some greenery (eucalyptus maybe). If you want fabric details but your theme doesn’t suit the one suggested here, I can recommend really wide double-sided satin ribbon in your wedding colour(s), folded over to create loops – almost like leaves behind your flower(s). There are endless possibilities- go on Vicky!!

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