Photos: Allison Andres / Flowers: Belle-Flower
Making a DIY wedding boutonniere is basically like making a tiny bouquet. You want to start with your focal flower, then add in two additional flowers in different colors and textures around it. The key to an interesting but not overwhelming DIY wedding boutonniere is to use analogous colors. The easiest way to do this is to look at a color wheel and choose from the colors on either side of your focal flower. We used a yellow billy ball to complement our green mossy ball. (Side note: I desperately want to make an arrangement for my home using only this flower so that when someone asks me what it’s made of, I can tell them it’s green mossy balls.) If you want your flowers to pop against each other, look to colors across the color wheel from your focal flower and choose from within that color family.
Unlike a bouquet, you are going to stop building your DIY wedding boutonniere after you’ve created your three-flower base. At this point, you’ll want to wrap your boutonniere tightly using floral tape. When it comes time to wrap the boutonniere with ribbon, Natalie has a trade secret. First, take your ribbon and hold it at the top of the stem, pinching the top and letting the ribbon hang vertically down the length of the flower stems (you want it to hang at least a few inches below the bottom). Then fold the ribbon under the bottom of the stems and twist the boutonniere, all while still pinching the top. The ribbon should twist perfectly around the stems and end just underneath the flowers. Cut off any extra ribbon. To secure the ribbon to the DIY wedding boutonniere, take a boutonniere pin and jam it up into the stem of one of the flowers. If part of your pin sticks out, cut the end with wire cutters.