diy rose boutonniere

This DIY rose boutonniere is all about simplicity.  

You'll need the following supplies:

Want to learn how to make a rose boutonniere turn from ordinary to WOW!!!?  Florists upgrade boutonnieres and corsages by adding in design accessories such as flower jewelrycolored wire, laser leaves or ribbon wrapping the stems.

Let's begin with a basic white rose.  Florists always begin by processing their bulk wedding flowers correctly.  You should always cut the rose stems underwater and dip in a hydrating product such as Quick Dip.  This will extend the life of all your flowers and keep them looking garden fresh.

Remove all the guard petals from your rose.  These outer petals are left on the flower until you are ready to design.  They will protect the inner rose petals from browning and creasing.

Laser leaves are an artificial leaf with a holographic finish.  It was available in a variety of colors and added a big impact to this boutonniere design.  Unfortunately, the glamourous laser leaves used in this tutorial have been discontinued by the manufacturer. 

An enterprising designer can recreate the look with making their own leaves from laser holographic scrapbooking paper available online or local craft stores.  Simply cut out two leaf shapes (front and back) and glue together with a slender wire in the middle.  Another alternative would be to paint white silk leaves a particular color and then stroke over with glitter nail polish.

Make a cardboard template of the leaf shape you want and get creative!

The wire stem of the laser leaf is strong enough to actually pierce the caylex  and allow the first leaf to fit snugly against the head of the rose.

I want the back leaves to cluster close to the rose, peeking out as a frame against the white rose head.

I chose a colored corsage tape, which compliments the overall color scheme.  Corsage tape stretches and adheres to itself as it is wound down the rose stem.

Start high under the neck of the rose and pull downwards, stretching downward as you turn the rose stem.

Be sure to cover up high where you removed the base leaves from the rose.

Place a third leaf against the side and tape into place.

The front leaves begin to bend downward, showcasing the rose.  You will tape over the bottom part of the leaf, not just the wire.

See how the leaf itself is concealed by the floral tape as opposed to the back leaves, which only the wire is covered.

The leaves are clustered tightly against the rose, providing a delightful frame against the stark white.

The fifth leaf is now taped to the bottom right, bent forward the same as it's neighboring leaf on the left side.  Go down the complete stem, concealing all the wire.

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