DIY wedding: How to make a boutonniere for the groom

You want your groom to look his best on your wedding day, so why not brighten up his ensemble with this chic coneflower boutonniere.

How to make a groom's boutonniere
Crafty commitment
1 hour for 6 boutonnieres

Quick craft for trusted friends to make
On the big day, hand off the floral arranging to a trusted friend or two while you're off being a beautiful bride.

• 1 bunch of coneflowers, also known as Echinacea purpurea
• Scissors
• 1 bunch of purple integrifolia, available from florists
• 1 yellow Aranda orchid
• Floral tape
• Ribbon, 1/4 in. wide
• Small straight pins
• Pearl-tipped corsage pins

Take a look at a larger image of the finished coneflower boutonniere.

1. Gather together your coneflowers and remove the leaves from the stems. Cut the stems to about 4 in. in length.

2. Cut a stem of integrifolia to about 5 in. in length. Be careful here, as the dye from the foliage can get on everything. Have some paper towels nearby to wipe your fingers. I'm sure your fingerprints are lovely, but they're better suited for identification purposes than as part of your wedding decor.

3. Group all of your flowers and foliage together. The integrifolia looks best in the very back, as the base of the boutonniere. Next bring the coneflower forward and then add in the lovely orchid as an accent. Wrap the stems together with floral tape. Don't be afraid to play around with the arrangement, but don't overthink it. Simple is best.

4. Now cover the tape with ribbon, wrapping from top to bottom. Secure the ribbon on the back side of the bundle with a straight pin.

5. The finished boutonniere can be attached to a lapel with a pearl-tipped corsage pin.

Page 1 of 2 -- Easy finishing instructions, plus designer's tips and tricks to make your groom's boutonniere extra special on page 2

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