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.
What you need:
White (or a colour of your choice) ribbon
Selection of silvery coloured wintry foliage (we used: Blue spruce, kochia & senecio)
White double lisianthus (The largest white flower shown)
White ‘Snowflake’ spray roses
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…
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