Monday, February 11, 2008

Eco-chic Boutonierre How-to

This is an excerpt from an article I wrote for the Storque, Etsy's online newspaper.

Make your own soon-to-be hubby's boutonierre...If you love roses and crafting, create a one-of-a-kind rose ribbon boutonniere. Choose a 1-inch wire-edged ribbon (ideally, recycled) in your color. Pull the wire ends to gather one side of the ribbon. It should make a circular shape. Cut two three inch pieces of floral wire. Roll the ribbon into a rose shape around the top of the wires leaving a wire “stem” and sew in place. Wrap the stem in floral tape then ribbon, and secure with a single pin.

Or, if your honey wants something more masculine, try herbs. An herb garden can render thyme, rosemary, or sage for a simple herb boutonniere. You’ll need three stems, floral wire, green floral tape, and a yard of narrow ribbon. A boutonniere should be about three inches in length. Cut your herbs, then position them in a triad, and wrap the stems in wire, then floral tape. Wind the ribbon over the floral tape and secure with a strait pin.

Thanks to Blake for donning his wedding suit for this photo... what a good husband.

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