Summer might be over, but the wedding season definitely isn't! Generally buttonholes are reserved for the main wedding party, although it's not unusual for other guests to buy their own. I'm not sure what the general etiquette is for this, but it's probably a good idea to check with the bride and groom as they may have quite a specific idea of what they'd like.
Normally you can order buttonholes from any florist, or if you fancy, you can make your own. The materials are not difficult to get hold of, but they may not be the kind of thing that you have in your craft stash.
- Floristry wires in a selection of sizes (available online at Amazon and other retailers). I've used cut wires here but you can also get it as a roll.
- Floristry tape
- Flowers (a supermarket bunch will do!)
- Scissors for cutting wire and flower stems
There are three different flowers above: green chrysanthemum (button shape flower in the middle), roses (bottom right) and solidago (or at least I think that's the correct name, feathery yellow flower top left). Each of these flowers needs a slightly different approach to wire them and you can adapt these for other flowers you might like to use.
Cut the flower, leaving a short stem under the flower. Take the wire and gently push it vertically up the middle of the stem until it comes through the top. Create a small hook and then gently pull the wire down so the hook fixes in to the flower head.
Use the floristry tape to cover the wire and help fix it in place. As mentioned previously in my crochet bouquet blog, floristry tape doesn't seem very sticky until you start twisting it around the wire. It becomes more sticky as it stretches and can be quite difficult to get the stickiness off your fingers.
You start wiring the roses the same way as the chrysanthemum but then need to add a horizontal wire through the base of the flower. You then fold the wire down and twist it around the vertical wire.
You can see in the picture above the flower is beginning to open out. To stop the buttonhole falling apart, you can create some small staples out of the wire and carefully push then in to the base to hold the petals in place.
For this flower you simply wire around the stem of the flower and tape.
For the leaves, you create a staple with long 'legs' and push this through the base of the leaf then twist the legs together. The higher up the leaf it is the more secure the leaf will be, but it may be seen depending on how you place your flowers.
Once you've taped up your wires, you're ready to arrange the flowers. Use your leaf as a base and then arrange the flowers on top of it. You can play around with different arrangements, then when you're ready gently push the wires together, trim them to get them all the same length and secure them in place with floristry tape.
You won't be able to make these too far in advance of the big day. To keep them fresh store them in a cool location, out of direct sunshine and draughts.