Make a Garden-Inspired Corsage and Boutonniere

Add a touch of natural beauty to prom night with nests, blooms and butterflies.
Butterfly Blooms

Butterfly Blooms

Grapevine nests hold the blooms.

Grapevine nests hold the blooms.

Today corsages and boutonnieres are typically reserved for life's special occasions, but it wasn't always that way. In fact, their history dates back to the 1700s. Boutonniere is the French word for "button hole." Early boutonnieres were simple, often comprised of a single stem. Men would traditionally wear these to ward off evil spirits, illness, bad odors and misfortune. Many men even took to wearing one on a daily basis. Nowadays, the daily boutonniere has been replaced by lapel pins.

Hundreds of years ago, women would wear flowers in the center of their dresses. Corsages were originally called "bouquet de corsage" and took their name from the bodice of a woman's dress. Eventually the name was shortened to corsage. They too were worn for the same reasons as boutonnieres, in addition to being a tradition at weddings. Since their origin, corsages have migrated to the wrist and hair. Nowadays, corsages and boutonnieres are given as gifts for dances, weddings, Mother's Day and even birthdays.

The creative process in creating boutonnieres and corsages is endless. Assorted flowers, succulents, natural elements such as pinecones, decorative twigs and a lovely array of ribbons allow for diverse, unique touches. Designing them is almost as fun as wearing them!

The design for this corsage and boutonniere was inspired by a bird's nest. The rounded flowers reminded me of delicate eggs which would eventually bloom to reveal beautiful colors from within. The nest could also be filled with succulents, mosses, twigs, pinecones or even seashells. The butterfly adds a special touch of whimsy, but you could also add some small birds. With some simple crafting skills, you can easily make your own. Be sure to store your boutonnieres and corsages in the refrigerator until they are ready for use. This will help to keep them fresh.

Supply List:

  • Fresh flowers
  • Grapevine bird nests — a large and small one
  • Floral tape
  • Floral wire
  • Scissors
  • Ribbon
  • Floral pin
  • Butterfly

Now take a peek at the gallery below to create your very own: 

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