Spring is in the air and wedding season is upon us. A simple button hole can compliment any outfit and add contrast and interest, making your outfit even more special!
With the abundance of flowers available at this time of year, here are a few Springy ideas and how to create that beautiful buttonhole…
What You’ll Need:
- Floral tape
- Ribbon or twine depending on the look that you are going for
- Wires- the size of these is dependant on the flowers used – delicate flowers like Freesia require thinner wires
- Your chosen foliage and blooms (Soft Ruscus, Eucalyptus or Rosemary work best and give more of a natural look)
Firstly each stem will need to be wired, you can create a buttonhole without wiring but the wires make the button hole stronger and the floral tape helps seal in the moisture helping to prevent the flowers from wilting.
Cut each stem to approximately 10cms long and then hold the stem and place your wire adjacent to this, you can then wrap the wire around the remaining part of the stem and bring the wire down so it is like a separate stem for the flower. Snip any excess stem of the flower or foliage so you are left with mostly wire. Next take the floral tape and secure the tape as close to the bloom as possible, pull the tape stretching this whilst turning the stem at same time around the wire so this conceals the bottom of the flower and the wire – repeat this for all flowers and foliage.
For flowers such as Roses you will need to wire this slightly differently, cut the length of the stem and then place your wire up into the stem (just enough so that it is secure but not enough to pierce or damage the actual flower. When using flowers such a Freesias or Lissianthus, which are much more delicate, use a thin silver wire and create a small hook at one end of the wire, wrap this with floral tape and then lower this into the actual flower head through to the stem and wrap with floral tape as per the same method above.
Once all your foliage and blooms are wired and taped, firstly take your chosen foliage and then hold this in your hand, next take your largest bloom and align this to the foliage, continue with this method, building this up in your hand like a small bouquet- remember all your flowers will need to face the same way so this sits properly as a buttonhole. Once you have done this cover the wires again with the floral tape, ensuring that this is all completely covered doing this in the same way as above, twisting and pulling the tape over the wires.
Your buttonhole is now complete and all you now need to do is add a touch of decoration with either a ribbon or twine and finally using a pin, attach this to your outfit!