From use in weddings to home decor, succulents have become one the most popular natural elements out there. Known for their easy maintenance and beautiful simplicity, succulents have become especially trendy in wedding bouquets and centerpieces. After all, it’s safe to say that the days of traditional roses in pink and red hues are long gone. These days, many brides are opting for the natural tones of green, sprinkled with a coordinating color palette. To incorporate this trend into your wedding’s decor, try your hand at a DIY boutonniere. Not only can you coordinate it with the bridal party’s bouquets and corsages, but it can also add a clever handmade touch to your wedding. Here’s how to make your own.
- Artificial or real succulents
- Artificial or real stems, leaves, and flowers
- Twigs, dried baby’s breath, fresh flowers (optional)
- Hot glue gun
- Burlap remnant
- Heavy-duty pliers
- Floral tape
- Leather cord or ribbon
Dried baby’s breath makes an excellent filler component. It is also relatively inexpensive. Feel free to incorporate fresh, live flowers to further personalize the boutonniere. Just be sure to allow extra time before the big day to construct the project. You can even add a sentimental touch by bringing in flowers and stems that mean something to you and your relationship.
Step 1: If necessary, remove portions of the succulent. Some artificial stems may be very large, making them too heavy for a boutonniere. You can remove leaves until the succulent is a smaller, manageable size. You might need to use scissors to do this.
Step 2: Trim down artificial stems and any fresh or dried flowers. Aim to keep the bottom half of each stem fairly clear of protruding parts. If you are using twigs, you can trim down bits and pieces that may be poking out. To do this, use a pair of pliers to trim away the pieces. This will make arranging the stems much easier, ensuring that they flow together seamlessly.
Step 3: Gather the stems together. Use the succulent as the focal point of the bundle. For best results, be sure to add the stems evenly throughout the boutonniere. This means that either side should not contain too much of one kind of stem or flower. Tightly wrap the bottom half of the stems together with floral tape, pressing down to secure. Continue wrapping until the stems do not budge. If you need to rearrange the stems, simply peel away the floral tape and try again. It is strong but forgiving.
Step 4: Wrap a segment of burlap around the bundle. Apply a dot of hot glue to keep it in place. Of course, you can use any type of sturdy fabric in place of burlap; cotton and denim are both great options. Choose a material and color that suits the theme of your wedding. Tie a strand of leather cord or ribbon around the bundle.
Step 5: Tie into a tight knot and top it off with a bow. For extra security, add another dot of hot glue to prevent the cord from slipping. Again, you can choose any kind of ribbon or cord that best suits the theme of your big day. Additional ideas include twine, rope, and embroidery thread.