- 6 years ago
- Wedding: March 2013
I haven’t seen silk flower boutonniere’s how-tos so I’ve attached a step by step on how to make them. Or atleast, how I made them.
Materials: (all from Walmart)
1 bunch purple hydrangea $1 (actually I got this at the dollar store)
floral tape $1 (I used this to make all the bouquets as well – there was left over)
floral wire $1.50 (I used the rest of this to make my tissue pomanders)
There’s 6 stems on a bunch. Cut the small cluster of hygrangea at the top of the stem.
Cut at the base of each individual cluster of that bunch (there should be 3 to 4 mini stems).
Slide off two sets of leaves. then remove the plastic centers and backings. Cut the two leaves in half (two separte leaves should remain).
Cut a piece of floral wire that goes 3/4 up the leave and is a little longer than the actual leaf itself. Do this for each leaf. Then thread the wire through the leaf, through the center. (This can be frustrating because the wire is soft and bends easily. I tried sticking the wire to the back of the leaf but was unable. You could hotglue it. This worked really well though at the end for shaping as well.)
Measure wire from the top of the middle flower to atleast an extra piece left of the flower to stem.
Then cut a piece of the original stem from the original bunch of hydrangea. About half 3/4 of length of the middle flower down to the bottom of the stem.
Wrap the wire around the middle flower and original stem cut. Be gentle.
It should look like this.
Now cut a piace of the original stem the length of the base of a leaf to a little shorter than the wire cut to fit the leaf. Now wrap the first leaf around the stem and continue with the other 3 leaves. Flare out the leaves just a little. Be sure to wrap all the wire all the way down to the base of the stem.
Now wrap floral tape around the stem and wire. Be sure to cover all the wire showing. Pull on the tape to stretch it so it will stick.
Now place the two small bunches of flowers (already wrapped in wire and tape) in the center of the leaves. Starting at the top wrap all three steam together with tape. Just before you get to the base add a small piece of wire (double) to the stem and wrap it with tape several times.
Now curl the wire wrapped tape at the base into a swirl (be creative). Flare out the leaves if necessary and adjust flowers.
And wa-la here is the finished product. Attach with corsage pins to suits.
Tip: Attah them to suit jackets before passing them on to groom and grooms-men, that way you know they are on properly and the men don’t have to try figuring it out. Appoint someone to adjust them on the day of necessary.
Hope this is useful to some bees out there.