What would a Bachelorette Premiere party be without roses? More specifically... boutonnieres. Lucky for me, my dear friend Lydia has experience in the floral industry, (she used to work at her in-law's flower shop!) Plus, she's the nicest and agreed to help me make some boutonnieres of my own, for my guests.
Shout out to Trader Joe's for the fabulous roses ($4.99 for each bouquet)! Lydia came over the day before our party and helped me prep these gorgeous homemade accessories, AND took the time to explain her process for this post. All words below are her own, unless otherwise noted. It's my first guest post! Thank you Lyds!
Step 1 - Gather your supplies:
- A flower (I usually use roses, but you can use almost any flower with a strong stem)
- Greenery (I prefer leather fern, but there are several options)
- Filler Flower/additional greenery (popular options include babies breath and wax flower)
- Green floral tape
- Floral/crafting wire (I use 22 gauge)
- Wire cutters
- Boutonniere pins (2 each)
- Cotton rounds
- A small towel
- A pen
Step 2 - Create the water source/artificial stem: Roses wilt very quickly without water, so I would recommend creating a simple water source with wire and cotton. Cut a cotton round into 4 strips. Soak one strip in water, lightly pat it dry with the towel to remove excess water, and roll it tightly around the top of a 5 inch piece of wire. Then, wrap the wire with floral tape, beginning at the top of the cotton and ending at the bottom of the wire.
Step 3 - Trim the majority of the stem off of the flower, leaving about 1/2 inch.
Insert the top of the wire into the stem of the rose so that the cotton is touching the stem.
Step 4 - Take another piece of wire (3-5 inches) and pierce the stem near the top. Once the wire has gone completely through, bend it so that it travels downward. Then, use the floral tape to wrap the top of the stem down to about half the length of the wire.
Step 5 - Using floral tape, attach the greenery to the stem behind the flower, then attach the filler flower or extra greenery on either side of the flower. Wrap the stem with tape one more time to ensure everything is covered. [Editor's note: Lydia went scavenging for this filler greenery around our neighborhood. Color me impressed by her resourcefulness!]
Step 6 - Use a pen to curl the stem upwards. Attach two pins to the boutonniere through the back of the stem.
Assisting - mostly watching - Lydia make each boutonniere was fun, and a great way to get my friends involved in the party preparation process. I'm glad I reached out for her help, and am grateful for her time and expertise!