DIY Adorable Poppy Boutonnière
Spring is in the air. I can feel it in my heart and won’t let the Denver weather newscasters tell me differently! So I thought it appropriate to share with you a little slice of spring: poppies! Poppies are one of my favorite flowers. I love their bright, cheery, paper-thin petals. They seem to shout that spring is here!
And for all those DIY brides out there, this one is for you! A poppy boutonnière perfect for your groom and his stylish groomsmen on your wedding day. It isn’t hard at all, so round up your supplies and get going on this lovely spring DIY project.
Supplies you will need:
• Light Green Floral Tape
• Scissors (for ribbon cutting and cutting stems)
• Floral shears if you have them; If not, you can use regular scissors
• Wire cutters
• Ribbon (any color or type—your choice!)
• Other floral accents like green berries, lily grass, leaves, etc.
• Pearl pins
• Floral Wire (app. 18 gauge)
STEP 1: Choose a healthy, open poppy and trim the stem, so you have about 3-4 inches of stem to work with.
STEP 2: Wire your poppy so it has the ability to move or bend as needed. Stick a piece of floral wire up the stem of your poppy about 1 inch above the bloom. Push it through until you feel it stop. Be carefully not to let the wire poke through the other side of the stem or up through the center of the poppy.
STEP 3: Using your floral tape, carefully tape the stem from the top to the bottom, covering the wire and entire stem. Tip: Stretch the floral wire before you begin taping. This activates the glue and makes taping the stem much easier.
STEP 4: Wire two leaves by poking the floral wire through the back of the leaf and around the backbone of the leaf. Then bring both sides of the wire down and tape.
STEP 5: After you have wired and taped both leaves, tape both leaves together.
STEP 6: Then tape your poppy in with the leaves. Add accents (like berries, other greenery, other little flowers) and tape in with the poppy and leaves.
Your poppy boutonnière is ready to go! If you’d like to add more flair, tie ribbon up the taped stems and secure the ribbon in the back of the boutonnière by inserting a small pearl pin. TIP: I usually cut much of the length off of pearl pins with wire cutters, leaving a sharp, diagonal point that easily inserts through the ribbon and taped stems to secure the ribbon.
This boutonnière technique works for a variety of spring flowers, so be creative and bold with your flower choices and of course, enjoy!