DIY BUTTONHOLE.

Today we have a DIY take over form the fantastic Donna at Country Garden Florist. And I think you’re going to want to get involved if you’re a crafter bride looking to try your hand at something new.

Just wish I was getting married again…

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Making your buttonholes for your wedding can be a really fun and satisfying thing to do – your only real issue is with timing, as once you cut the flowers down to size they have a shelf life of just a day or two, depending on which types of flower you use. So it must be one of the last jobs you do before the big day.

At The Country Garden Florist, we make all kinds of buttonholes, and are finding a real trend this year for different styles of buttonholes used at the same wedding. This creates a relaxed look, which will be more easily achieved at home if every buttonhole doesn’t have to look identical. Here are our basic tips for creating one – the principles are generally the same whichever type of flower you use.

FLOWERS - DIY 1

1
GATHER YOUR TOOLS. Bring all your tools for the job together. You’ll need:
Your flowers and foliage (we used roses, waxflower and eucalyptus)
Floristry wires
Floristry tape
Scissors (not pictured)
Finishing ribbon or twine

DIY FLOWERS 2

2
ASSESS YOUR ROSE. Remove any bruised and damaged petals by gently pulling them off at the base. Also look to keep the shape, so if the rose now looks heavier on one side, remove a petal from the other side too.

ROSE diy

3
PIN YOUR ROSE. It’s a good idea to pin the outer petals of roses to stop them from drooping during the day. Cut down fine floristry wire to a couple of centimetres, fold it in half just like a hairpin, then poke it through the petals that sit around the base of the flower, pushing it firmly into place. Repeat three or four times around the flower to hold it in place. Cut the flower so that it’s the size that you’d like it to be.

wire cut

folded wire

ROSE

3
WIRE YOUR FOLIAGE. Cut down your other pieces of flower and foliage to size. Take one of your wires and fold over one end to form a hairpin as in step 2, but keep one side long. Hold it behind one of the short stems, then take the long end and wrap it round and round the stem and short part of the wire. This holds everything in place firmly.

foliage

wire wrap

4
WRAP WITH FLORISTRY TAPE. Floristry tape hides all the mechanics and keeps everything secure. Holding the stem and tape between thumb and forefinger, wrap the tape all the way down the wire. Repeat this process for each piece of foliage or flower that you’re using.

florists tape

4
PIECE IT TOGETHER. Think about how you want the final buttonhole to look when it’s worn. Use the largest piece of foliage on the back, which will sit against the jacket, and smaller pieces to frame your main flower. Attach the large piece of foliage to your main flower, using floristry tape between thumb and forefinger again to wrap the two stems together. Cut the stem and wire of your foliage high so that it doesn’t become too bulky, then wrap again with floristry tape.

piece it

piece it

5
ADD YOUR FRAMING FOLIAGE. Use the same technique with your framing foliage, cutting each stem and wire high once you’ve taped it in place. Do a final wrap once you’ve got all your pieces together.

cutting

6
ADD FINISHING TOUCHES. Whether you choose ribbon or twine, tie it around the stem, add a pin and your done. Time to get married!

finishing

DO IT YOURSELF!
The Country Garden Florist is a boutique florist in Wisbech, specialising in wedding floristry. We run courses to help DIY brides achieve a professional look on their big day. For details of our Wedding Masterclass courses, visit http://www.thecountrygardenflorist.co.uk/floristry-courses-wisbech. Our next wedding courses begin on 21 May and cost just £37.50 per workshop.

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Visit the shop at 16 Market Street, Wisbech, call us on 01945 429598 or visit the website at http://www.thecountrygardenflorist.co.uk

Don’t miss your chance for a spot on one of Donna’s classes and make you’re wedding day even more personal, this would make a brilliant day our with the Mums…

The Little Lending Co. x

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