DIY Devotee: A DIY Boutonniere or Corsage

One of the DIY thoughts I had for my wedding was to do all the flowers myself… and I’m glad I didn’t, mainly because I had grand designs and there are some things only a florist can do. However, another idea I had was to make Pete’s Buttonhole (or Boutonniere as they call them across the pond) myself, and have it delivered to him on the wedding morning. And I kind of wish I had. How romantic would that have been? I chickened out, but I still think it’s an amazing gesture and something you could also do for your mum as a corsage. What a lovely thank you gift and a fab way of saying thank you for everything they have done to help you in exchange for something more valuable than money – your time.

So with that in mind, a little while back we asked Becky Hay from Blossom in Chorlton, Manchester, to make a DIY corsage on video this time for you to watch and digest and hopefully, DIY yourself!

What you need:

White (or a colour of your choice) ribbon

Ribbon scissors

Floristry scissors

Selection of silvery coloured wintry foliage (we used: Blue spruce, kochia & senecio)

White double lisianthus (The largest white flower shown)

White ‘Snowflake’ spray roses


How To…

Break the foliage into small pieces roughly the height of the buttonhole you want to create. Strip the bottom 1 – 1.5cm of each piece of foliage so you have clean, neat stems to bind together.

Do the same with any flowers you are using.

Group the mixture of foliage and flowers together between your thumb and forefinger – imagine you’re making a tiny bunch of flowers to give to a fairy. It’s good to use a flat piece of foliage at the back so that it sits well against the body when worn.

Once you’re happy with how the little bunch looks, wrap the wire tightly around the stems to hold them in place. Be careful not to cut through or break the softer stems with the wire.

Cover the wire with the ribbon and finish with a knot or a small bow.

As the stems aren’t wired or taped, it means you can keep the buttonholes fresh overnight by sitting them in a very shallow dish of water. This also gives you time for a manicure!

So there you have it. Lets hear your ideas for DIY flowers and if any of you will be using this tutorial to help you DIY in style…

Yours Truly,


PS, If you’re not DIY-ing and need a fabulous florist, please do check out the Blossom website (North West based) and give Becky a call

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.

15 thoughts on “DIY Devotee: A DIY Boutonniere or Corsage

  1. That actually does look easy! And I love the idea of giving something handmade to your groom or Mum on the day. Really thoughtful. Although with my artistic skills, it might be a mixed blessing… xx

  2. I am doing mine.

    I am doing all my flowers.

    Including Candleabra.


    There are some things only a florist can’t do, and for the rest, there are five years of floristry classes and the Paula Pryke “How to” book.

  3. ditto doing all my own flowers (with the greatly appreciated help of my MIL2B’s best friend!!) including bouquets and button holes.

    the one that becky has done here is lovely (like all of her creations obvs!) though I’ve noticed that the fashion is for, how shall I say, a ‘generously sized’ button hole these days!

    Me, I prefer the slighty more old fashioned look of a single flower and a tiny bit of foliage (plus there’s no way mr would wear anything bigger than that!!). I love that she’s implified the construction though with none of that ‘shoving wires through stems’ malarky (and is it just me or does that seem unnecessarily cruel??) and you can pop it in some water and get your nails done – hurrah.

    big ‘4 weeks and one day til the big day’ love x x x

  4. Ooh, these are really pretty! And it looks *relatively* straightforward. We are going to do all the flowers apart from the button holes and bouquets, but now I’m thinking maybe we should do the button holes too. My fiance and attendants will all be kilted though, so might try a thistle version, though perhaps shouldn’t risk having my hands stabbed to pieces the day before the wedding?!

  5. Fab tutorial Becky and Rebecca! This really does look simple and doable. We’re (*read: me and which ever family members I can rope into helping me) planning on doing the reception flowers ourselves but we were going to leave the bouquets and buttonholes to a professional but maybe I could give the buttonholes a go too. Perhaps I ought to get the florist to do a backup buttonhole for the boy in case mine goes horribly wrong!

    Meeting with the potential florist this weekend actually so I’ll see how I feel once we’ve chatted prices!


  6. P.S. miss, wow only 4 weeks! I hope you send RMW your wedding pics once you have them, can’t wait to see your day!

  7. Hi ladies!

    Glad you like 🙂

    Of course, the flowers/foliage are completely interchangeable according to your scheme… We’ll have to do a flowers special sometime on what to use when etc.

    Ceremony flowers can be diy-able of course, but mine were pretty awesome even if I say so myself 😉 thanks to Becky. Bouquets… Well, I love a bouquet, so if you were planning on leaving them to the professionals I would agree. But definitely try the buttonholes. As always, any DIY efforts lease post on our facebook page – I’d love to see the results!


  8. Hi Girls,

    Thanks for your lovely comments.

    If your Groom is very flower shy then you can’t go wrong with a simple bunch of just foliage/ herbs…..avoiding all the pretty bits.

    It’s great that some of you feel you can manage your own flowers but as a bride who did it herself, please don’t underestimate the amount of time you will need. Make sure you practice at least one of the arrangements you plan to make and time yourself while you do it. Then multiply that time by the number of arrangements you need. Even to a professional, it can still be an eye opener.

    Looking forward to seeing some of your work on RMW soon.

  9. What a great article, and the finished item is gorgeous! Thanks for the detailed instructions, I’m sure they will benefit many. Good luck!

  10. This is a brilliant DIY tutorial, with fab tips and ideas for creating your own DIY!

    When I got married there I wouldn’t have dared to create my own flowers! You girls who do are brilliant!!!

    I love the song as well, you can’t beat a bit of Iron and Wine!! xx

  11. This DIY is so pretty, thank you! I love the greys and greens – so classy. I plan to do our boutonnieres for our August wedding in Kent, and I’ve got the blooms sorted, but don’t know where to get hold of foliage. Do florists let you buy just foliage, or should I buy it online? Love some advice 🙂

  12. Hi Maya – Any good florist should be happy to order foliage for you – drop me an email and I’ll see if I can help – I’m wondering why you don’t get them fromt he same place as your florals?

    Online wholesale florists such as triangle nurseries also stock foliage.


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