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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
Secure Wired Boutonniere to Front of Jacket LapelDK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited If a jacket has no buttonhole, place the wired rose against the front of a lapel, insert a pearl pin through the material, over the wired stem and through the material again to secure the flower.

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.

Materials Needed:

  • florist's scissors
  • silver rose wires
  • stem tape
  • 22 gauge wire
  • pearl pin
  • ivy leaves (3)
  • rose

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.

Bend Wire Around Ivy LeavesDK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Split Florist Tape for Fine FinishDK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

Ivy Stems for BoutonniereDK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Prepare the Rose

Bunch several rose wires together. Fold them over the scissor blades at one end to create a small "U" shape in each wire. Snip off these folded ends to make staples. Press these staples into the sepals — the small green leaves immediately below the petals — so they are held in place.

Bend Wire to Create StaplesDK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Wire the Rose

Trim the rose stem at an angle to 1 inch long and push a 22 gauge wire up through the base of the stem. Then use a thin rose wire to pierce the side of the stem. Push this wire halfway through the stem so you have an equal length of the wire at each side. Bend each side of the rose wire 90 degrees so the two lengths are parallel to the stem. Twist one of the rose wires around the rose stem, the 22 gauge wire and the remaining length of rose wire in a double leg mount.

Wiring Rose Stem to Make BoutonniereDK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Tape the Rose

Wind another length of thinned stem tape around the stem of the rose and the wires. Wrap 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 cleanly.

Wrap Rose Stem and Wire with Florist TapeDK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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 BoutonniereDK - 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 TapeDK - 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 BoutonniereDK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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.

BoutonniereDK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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 BoutonniereDK - 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 JacketDK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Bend the Boutonniere to Perfection

Viewed from the front, only the rose and leaves are visible; gently tweak the leaves and flower head to show them off at their best angle.

Boutonniere Through Jacket Lapel Button HoleDK - Fresh Flower Arranging © 2011 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Excerpted from Fresh Flower Arranging

© Dorling Kindersley Limited 2011

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