-Flowers and greens of your choosing--pictured here: white mini carnations and cedar sprigs.
-1/4" floral tape
-floral wire, preferably thinner than 20 gauge
-cutting implements: scissors, pruning shears, wire cutters
This DIY Wedding project shows you how to make your own DIY Floral Boutonnieres.
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1. Clean the excess leaves away from the top of your flower, snipping the stems to about an inch or so in length, and wiring them. To wire them, poke a length of stem wire through the calyx or just below it at the top of the stem. Feed the wire through until you have about three inches on each side of the bloom and then bent it downward, snipping the excess of at the end.
2. After wiring the flower, start at the top and wrap your floral tape around it, angling down and overlapping it. Make sure you pull it taut, to activate the adhesive in it.
3. Cut the end off the cedar leaf (or whatever greens your using) so it comes to a nice point an inch or so over the carnation. Clean off some of the excess leaves from the bottom so you have a bit of straight stalk. Tape it behind your flower.
4. Make a simple few decorative loops of ribbon around the taped stem, at the base of the flower, securing them with a little floral glue. Then wrap the rest of the taped stem with ribbon.
5. Use a pen to curl the wire at the base and viola! A boutonniere!
This project was submitted by cocoandrico (KateF). Thanks KateF!Visit http://www.bluecollarbride.com/dressing-flowers/