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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Tape the Trimmed Wires

Wrap the loose end of the stem tape around the trimmed, graduated wires and down around the rose wire. Twist the tape around the base of the 22 gauge wire and then wind it back up the wire a little.

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Seal and Tidy the Tape

Massage the bound stem tape slightly in your fingers to seal it properly and then pull or cut off any excess tape. The wired stems should look and feel like one smooth flower stem.

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

Attach the Boutonniere to the Jacket

To attach the wired rose to a jacket with a buttonhole, insert the wired stem through the buttonhole. Thread a pin through the backside of the lapel and around the stem to secure the rose in place.

Insert Boutonniere through Button Hole on JacketEnlarge Photo+Shrink Photo-DK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011

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