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.

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Attach a Leaf to the Rose

Place one of the wired leaves against the side of the rose so that the top of the leaf stem aligns with the top of the flower stem. Wrap only the wires together with stem tape so the stems themselves remain separated.

Wiring Leaves to Rose BoutonniereEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Bind All Leaves to the Rose

Bind the other two leaves to the flower in the same way, ensuring they are evenly spaced. Don't cut the length of florist's tape off when you attach the last leaf; you will need it shortly.

Bind Additional Wired Leaves to Stem with TapeEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Trim the Wires

Trim the three leaf wires to different lengths to create a graduated effect. This means that as you push them against the 22 gauge wire they align smoothly and don't create a lumpy effect. Then cut the 22 gauge wire down to about 3 inches.

Create Graduated Effect for Wired BoutonniereEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011

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