It's officially autumn, so there's no better time to bring out a very autumn-themed DIY project. Today we're making a super simple DIY autumn boutonniere. If you're looking for an entry-level DIY you can do for your wedding, boutonnieres are a great option. They can be made the day ahead as long as you use flowers that will hold up, they're simple to master quickly, and they'll save you a few bucks!
After you practice one, you'll find each boutonniere will take you approximately ten minutes to put together. Once you choose and source the flowers, you might spend under an hour on this little DIY project! Considering a boutonniere can cost $12-$15 each, these are a pretty affordable option even when you include your time in the equation. Depending on the flowers you choose, these will cost roughly $3-$5 each!
Here are just a few tips to get started. First, choose flowers or greenery that will hold up for at least 24 hours - we've chosen eucalyptus, rose hips, strawflowers and sunflowers. And the only one of those four you need to put in water is the sunflower! Strawflowers survive really well out of water and they can even be dried so you don't have to worry about them wilting at all.
Second, choose flowers that won't suffer too much if your groom is doing a lot of hugging. The last thing you want is your groom to hug his mother before walking her down the aisle and his boutonniere gets all squashed!
Let's get started. Here's what you'll need:
You'll need the following:
- floral wire
- floral tape
- sharp scissors
- greenery (we chose eucalyptus)
- a few filler flowers or berries (we used strawflowers and spiky rose hips)
- a statement flower (our pretty sunflower!)
You can pick up floral tape and floral wire at a florist or a craft store like Michael's or A.C. Moore. I typically find the greenery, like eucalyptus or ivy, around my neighborhood, but if you don't have a garden (or neighbor's garden) to pick from, you'll be able to find all of the flowers at your local flower market or florist. Just do a little recon in the months leading up to your wedding day to make sure the flowers you want will be available or can be ordered in for you.
Now, let's get down to business. Some flowers, like straw flowers, don't have a very stiff stem, so you'll need to make one with the floral wire. First, cut off the stem.
Then simply loop a piece of floral wire around the back of the bud and twist together forming a makeshift stem.
See? Brand new stem for that gorgeous little straw flower.
Next, arrange your flowers. You follow a simple formula: greenery, statement flower, fill in with filler flowers or berries. It helps to arrange them before you start taping them together both for stability and for placement.
Now, take them apart again and start from the bottom, attaching the flowers together. I started by taping the eucalyptus and rose hips together tightly.
Continue layering on the flowers by taping each one to the existing stems.
When you're finished taping, cover the ugly florist tape with a pretty ribbon and secure with a little hot glue.
You'll want to keep your finished boutonnieres in the fridge overnight so they stay fresh for your wedding day. And make sure to have someone in charge of pinning them on the groom and his groomsmen - preferably someone who has a little experience, depending on how thick the stems are, they can be a little tricky to get the pin through.
Happy DIY-ing, brides and bridesmaids!
Emily Westbrooks is an American-born writer and blogger based in Dublin, Ireland. She is the Online Editor for Confetti Magazine, one of Ireland's top bridal magazines. She also writes her own lifestyle blog, From China Village, where she chronicles her adventures in Dublin, travels around Europe, DIY projects and Irish design. She shares her home with her husband, one cat, and four sassy chickens!