How to Make a Rose Boutonniere
Create a gorgeous rose boutonniere for any special occasion by following these simple step-by-step instructions. This approach uses wire to keep the rose maleable. You can experiment with using other flowers.
- Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging
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The goal of wiring a single, beautiful flower in perfect condition is to be able to gently manipulate the flower head and surrounding leaves into the perfect angles once the boutonniere has been attached to the lapel of a jacket.
Fine wires and green stem tape are used to replicate the slim, smooth flower stem. The tape also seals in moisture to help the flower stay fresher for a little longer. It's important to keep the lengths of wire as straight as possible to avoid creating unsightly bumps.
- florist's scissors
- silver rose wires
- stem tape
- 22 gauge wire
- pearl pin
- ivy leaves (3)
Prepare the Leaves
Choose three immaculate ivy leaves that will be large enough to cup the head of the rose. Turn each leaf over and insert a rose wire through either side of the spine (or midrib), making as small a stitch through the front as possible so the wire can't easily be seen.
Bend each side of the wire 90 degrees so the two lengths are parallel to the stem. Then twist one of the wires around both the stem and the remaining straight wire; this is known as a double leg mount.
Prepare the Stem Tape
Split a long length of stem tape in half with scissors. Do this by running the slightly open blades of the scissors up the center of the length of tape. Using thinner stem tape ensures a finer and more delicate result.
Attach the Tape to the Leaf Stem
Attach one end of the thin stem tape to the top of the leaf stem. Wind the tape around and down the stem and wires, keeping the tape taut and stretching it as you wind it. Wind the tape down to the ends of the wires and back up again slightly. Pull off the excess tape with your fingers and seal it down. Repeat the process with the other two leaves.
Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging
© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011
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