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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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.
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.
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.
Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging
© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011
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