30 Sep DIY weddings: Wild flower buttonholes
If you’re getting married in the summer or early Autumn months, you can really take advantage of the wild flowers that grow locally and make your own wild flower buttonholes. Making these buttonholes costs next to nothing and they’re so quick and easy to make – plus they can be made just a couple of days in advance. The thing we really love about about wild flower buttonholes is that no two are exactly the same, adding a really personal touch to your day.
Wild flower buttonholes
Difficulty: Easy / Time: 0.5 hours / Cost: 50p-£2
What you’ll need:
- Selection of wild flowers
- Ribbon, burlap, twine or lace
- Florist tape (optional)
Make sure you have a good selection of wild flowers, some large and small heads, leaves and foliage to frame the buttonhole.
Firstly, you will need to strip the leaves from the flower stems and any lower leaves from your foliage. I find it easier to then arrange them into colour order, which will help to make it more consistent when you start putting them together.
Next, get your decoration pieces ready. You may decide to use ribbon to bind the stems, which you can match to your wedding colour. Alternatively, you could use twine for a more natural look. You could also try cutting some leaf shapes out of burlap that can be used as the base of your buttonhole.
Now it’s time to begin to put your wild flower arrangements together. Take the base of your buttonhole, which may be a spray of foliage, leaves or burlap leaves and start adding some of the decorative small flowers, such as Gypsophila. This will help to fill the arrangement without taking away from the main flowers. Next, layer up your larger wild flowers. You may choose a couple similar sized flower heads, or go for one larger colourful flower. Tie with a thin piece of twine, or alternatively use some florist tape
You can play a little with the arrangement here to make sure you have the look that you want. When you’re happy, simply bind the stems with either the ribbon or twine, securing with a small piece of tape or a knot and snip the stem ends diagonally at the bottom with a pair of scissors. Add a pin to the back now, so it’s already there for the big day.
Tip: To keep the buttonholes fresh, add a little water to the bottom of a ramekin and store, making sure the bottom of the bind doesn’t touch the water.
Ask Claire… Our DIY wedding articles are written by the lovely and very talented, Claire. Claire is a graphic designer who created an array of beautiful handmade wedding decorations and props for her own wedding at Sopley Mill near Christchurch in 2015. If you fancy any of the items on our DIY weddings page but haven’t got time to make them yourself, you can contact Claire by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and she can make them for you!