How to make a Boutonniere

Engaged gentlemen with special Valentine's Day plans in the works may want to consider taking their outfit up a notch with a DIY boutonniere. They are super simple to make and will give your bride-to-be a sneak peek of what you'll look like on your wedding day.  Here's what you'll need:

How to make a boutonniere


  • Thin floral wire (26 gauge) – approx $5-10
  • Green floral tape – approx $5
  • Ribbon or twine – varies depending on material
  • 2 boutonniere or quilting pins
  • Floral clippers – approx $10-20
  • Wire cutters – approx $10-20


  • White or pink spray rose – 1 stem (approx $4)
  • English ivy (optional)
  • Rosemary – a few sprigs (approx $2-3/bunch)
  • Thyme – a few sprigs (approx $2-3/bunch)
How to make a boutonniere

Step One:   For a boutonniere, it is best to pick a small but hardy flower as the focal flower as it will be out of water. Our go-to pick at Presh Floral is a spray rose as they are the perfect size and hold up well. 

How to make a boutonniere

Step Two:   Take a stem of spray roses and cut one sprig about 3 inches long. You can give the rose some extra support by threading a piece of floral wire just below the flower head and wrapping it about 1.5” down the stem (this is where some wire cutters will come in handy!). Make sure to cover the wire with floral tape. Both floral wire and tape should be easy to find at craft stores.

How to make a boutonniere
How to make a boutonniere

Step Three:   Next you will want to pick some greenery to surround the focal flower. I like using herbs like rosemary and thyme. Snip a few pieces slightly longer than your spray rose stem. You'll want the greenery to peek up from behind the rose.

How to make a boutonniere

Step Four:   Remove the leaves from the bottom half of rosemary and thyme and place it behind the spray rose. Bind the pieces together with some floral tape.

How to make a boutonniere

Step Five:   Cover the floral tape with ribbon or twine and add two boutonniere pins. When you put on your boutonniere you'll want to have one pin pointing up and the other down to ensure it's well secured. 

How to make a boutonniere
How to make a boutonniere

Photography: Grace & Gold Studios // Creative Direction:  Brittany Frid of Satin & Snow // Floral design: Presh Florals

The editor, Brittany Frid, and the Satin & Snow team are wedding planners and editorial stylists based in Ottawa, Ontario. To learn more about what we do, please visit our services page

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