Tutorial – Button Holes

I thought it would be nice to share with you a DIY tutorial for a rustic button hole or boutonniere. These floral accessories that are traditionally worm by the groom and groomsmen are quite simple to make when you know how but it is worth practicing.

If you want to make these yourself for the big day you need to get your hands on the flowers the day before, remove any leaves, cut a couple of inches off each stem and then give them a big drink in a bucket of water. Keep them cool overnight. The button holes can then be prepared on the morning of the wedding.

To make this rustic button hole you’ll need:

  • Sharp Scissors
  • Florists Tape (Parafilm or Stemtex – you should be able to get a roll from your local florist)
  • Floral Wires ( in a fairly lightweight gauge)
  • Twine


The flowers we used are:

  • Thistle
  • Sprig Rosemary
  • Sprig Waxflower
  • Dried Wheat
  • Hypericum Berries

And here’s how we do it:

  1. Take the waxflower and strip the stem clean from about 4 inches down to the bottom. Do the same with the rosemary from about 3.5 inches down
  2. Snip the thistle head off leaving about 1 inch of stem, do the same with the hypericum sprigs making sure you have a nice group of a few berries together.
  3. Next each stem needs to be wired individually so that you’re button hole will be stable once it’s all put together. Take a wire and fold it in two with one side shorter than the other to create a ‘dog leg. Hold the flower stem between your finger and thumb and lay the dog leg on top of the pert of the stem you have cleaned or just under the flower head. Wrap the shorter length around the stem and the longer length of wire twice then wrap the florists tape down the whole length to bind in the wire.

How to - Rustic Button Hole

4. Once everything has been wired individually you can start to build up your button hole. Begin with the largest stems at the back so take the waxflower rosemary and the wheat and group them together. Hold the stems together just below the ‘radiation point’.

5. Take your florists tape and tape these components together into one stem wrapping the tape around just twice for now.


6. Then add the focal point which should be your largest flower. In this case we’re using a thistle. Tape this in place, again just wrapping the tape around twice.

7. Then add your hypericum berries slightly to one side of the thistle. (This would usually be off to the right as button holes are traditionally worn on the left hand side.)Tape in place wrapping the tape around twice only.

8.Now we can thin out the stems a little. We want to leave a stem of around 3 inches for pinning in onto the jacket but we can cut some of the thicker stems out above this point which will taper down into a point.

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9. We can then wrap the entire stem with florists tape making sure there are no sharp wires poking out.

10. You can add a bit of twine to finish it off then simply pin into place on the lapel.



For a ladies version we used purple liseanthus, yellow spray roses and a sprig of gypsophila.