DIY Adorable Poppy Boutonnière

DIY Poppy Boutonnière | Indie Bliss.com

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.

DIY Poppy Boutonnière | Indie Bliss.com

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!)
• Poppies
• 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.

DIY Poppy Boutonnière | Indie Bliss.com

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.

DIY Poppy Boutonnière | Indie Bliss.com

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.

DIY Poppy Boutonnière | Indie Bliss.com

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.

DIY Poppy Boutonnière | Indie Bliss.com

STEP 5: After you have wired and taped both leaves, tape both leaves together.

DIY Poppy Boutonnière | Indie Bliss.com

DIY Poppy Boutonnière | Indie Bliss.com

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.

DIY Poppy Boutonnière | Indie Bliss.com

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.

DIY Poppy Boutonnière | Indie Bliss.com

This boutonnière technique works for a variety of spring flowers, so be creative and bold with your flower choices and of course, enjoy!

DIY Poppy Boutonnière | Indie Bliss.com

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13 Responses to “DIY Adorable Poppy Boutonnière”

  1. I love this idea! So simple yet such impact and so fresh!

  2. Definitely high impact! I always thought of poppies as very delicate flowers, but this makes me think they can withstand “the pressures” of a boutonniére. Do they hold up well?

  3. They sure do hold up well! At the peak of their health (which is in spring!), they actually are quite hearty!

  4. This is beautiful! Poppies never would have occurred to me. I just love it. Thanks so much for sharing, I’ll be linking to this. And subscribing!

  5. Thank you so much for this! I’ll actually be using roses, but your steps are incredibly helpful.

    But just as a head’s up: Poppies are symbolic of sleep and death, particularly for soldiers. In Afghanistan they are grown to make opium/heroin. Just something to keep in mind if you invited any members of the armed services.

    And I apologize if it seems like I’m showing off – just so excited for my Art History degree to be of use!

  6. Oh wonderful! Poppies are my absolute favorite flower!

    I will definitely do this because I can’t find a single florist who will do poppies.

  7. Could you do it the day before the wedding- how long would the bouiteneirres last if in the fridge?