Constructing Boutonnieres and Corsages


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Constructing Boutonnieres and Corsages

Constructing Boutonnieres

  • A boutonniere is a small floral piece worn for several occasions by a man.
  • Generally consists of one or two small flowers.
  • Flowers are selected based on personal preferences, but roses and carnations are most popular.

You need the following items

  • 2-3 flowers of any kind
  • Straight wire floral tape (1 per 2 tables)
  • Ribbon
  • If you want little leaves, get them too
  • Clippers

Steps to create boutonnieres

  • Step 1: Select a high quality flower. Make sure the flower is firm and fresh. Detach the bud from the stem
  • Step 2: Using No. 20 or 22 gauge wire, wire the flower. Use the pierce method for roses and carnations. Use the hook method for wiring chrysanthemums or other daisy-like flowers.

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  • Step 3: Bend the florist wire down along the stem. Tape the stem using green floral tape. Make sure that no wire is exposed.
  • Step 4: Select a piece of foliage or greenery to use as a backing for the boutonniere. Wire the foliage and wrap with tape.

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  • Step 5: Place the flower and foliage together. Let approximately the top 1/3 of the foliage show above the flower. Tape down the stem.

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  • Step 6: Cut off excessive stem. A stem length of 2 – 2 1/2 inches is most desirable. Add a boutonniere pin by inserting into the base of the calyx.

Constructing corsages

  • A corsage is more elaborately designed and constructed than a boutonniere.
  • Corsages are primarily designed to be worn on a woman’s shoulder, but can also be worn on the wrist or in the hair.
  • Select flowers based on the occasion, color of garment, and preferences.
  • Commonly used flowers are carnations, roses, and orchids.

Steps to creating corsages

  • Step 1: Select 5 firm and fresh carnations.
  • Step 2: Using the pierce method, wire each flower with No. 24 gauge florist wire. Tape each flower securely from the base of the petals down to the end of the wire.
  • Step 3: Wire and tape four small pieces of leather leaf. Construct a bow of #3 ribbon.

Steps to creating corsages

  • Step 4: Place the 3 larger carnations in a triangular pattern. Bend the flowers so that they will face outward when placed on the shoulder. Place a leaf of leather leaf fern on each side between the flowers. Wrap the stems together with a No. 30 gauge wire.
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Steps to creating corsages

  • Step 5: Tape two carnations and one piece of leather leaf fern together in a line. The leather leaf fern should be between the two flowers.
  • Step 6: Attach this group to the group of 3 flowers. Tape over any exposed wire.
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Steps to creating corsages

  • Step 7: Secure the bow to the corsage under the two lowest focal flowers. Cut the lower portion of the stems about 1 1/2 to 2 inches below the lowest flower.
  • Step 8: Finish by inserting one corsage pin through the stem above the bottom flowers. Place another pin in the stem above the base flowers.
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