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Making a Wedding Buttonhole is not as difficult as you may think. If
you need to save money on your wedding flowers, this is probably the
best way to do so as they are relatively easy to make so not a lot can
go wrong. Here I will show you how. If you would like to have a go at making other bridal flowers then start by making a buttonhole to see how you get on. You will see links at the base of this page with step by step instructions to make a flower girl basket as well as other bridal flowers. I will soon be incorporating video guides into my site so please do subscribe to receive automatic updates.
Preparation: If you have an afternoon wedding then you can prepare your buttonholes the same day. It is better to make them up as close to the wedding as possible but if you have an early morning wedding, you may wish to prepare them the day before. If you are doing this, make sure you have room in a refrigerator to place them in overnight, select flowers that are better suited to being out of water for longer time periods such as carnations (if you are not sure then try some test samples) and always condition your flowers.
You will need the following to make the buttonhole:
Flowers of your choice, Ivy leaves/fern or other decoration or foliage of your choice, Florists Stem Wrap, Secateurs, Diamante Pins (optional for decoration), Pins for attaching to garments.
1. Before making a buttonhole you must condition your flowers as shown in my guide.
2. Cut the stem to the desired length. I used roses for this example. Place a diamante pin in the centre of the rose if you would like to add bit of sparkle. Ensure that the pin goes all the way through into the stem of the rose and does not stick out where it can hurt someone. ENSURE THAT YOU DO NOT PLACE PINS INTO FLOWERS THAT YOU ARE GOING TO GIVE TO CHILDREN! Place a large ivy leaf (or your desired foliage) at the back of the rose. The stem of the foliage should run down the back of flower stem.
3. Tear of a length of florists stem wrap. Don't worry about trying to cut off the exact length as another piece can easily be added without it looking obvious. Wrap the tape (stem wrap) tightly around the two stems binding them together. You will see that the tape adheres to the stems and itself, holding the foliage and rose together.
4. You can now add the other 2, smaller, ivy leaves to the front of the buttonhole. Position them so that they skirt the base of the rose. Hold them tightly in position then bind the stem wrap around the stems holding them tightly into place.
5. When making a buttonhole, some prefer to keep it simple and opt to use one flower only, however, if you wish you can now add some small flowers. Gypsophilla or Baby's Breath as it is commonly known is ideal. Only use a few springs so that it compliments and not drowns the main flower (in this case the rose). Nestle the sprig low down in between the ivy leaves at the front.
6. Keep wrapping the tape all the way down the stem. If what you originally cut ends half way, just tear another length off and attach. It will adhere to the existing tape. When you get to the end of the stem, wrap so that the tape just overlaps the end by a few mm. Push the end of the tape upwards towards the flower to seal the end. Push a pin into the middle of the stem ready for your wedding party. There you go; making a buttonhole isn't as complicated as you think! Now you have completed these steps, your buttonhole should resemble that shown at the top of the page. Simply add another rose for a Grooms double buttonhole.
Just a reminder! If you are using roses for your buttonholes, make these as close to the wedding as you can. Carnations will last the best out of water. Store your buttonholes in a cool dark place or in a refrigerator as close as possible to use.
REMEMBER NOT TO GIVE ANY FLOWERS WITH PINS IN OR POISONOUS FLOWERS OR FOLIAGE, TO CHILDREN.
On completion you buttonhole should resemble the one pictured at the top of this page.
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