One of the first floral projects I set out on was learning how to make buttonholes. They may look complicated and fiddly but with a little patience and a bit of practice you’ll become an expert in no time.
You don’t need any specialist equipment to make buttonholes, and everything you need can be bought from your local florist, market or craft shop.
What you’ll need:
- Floral wire
- Floral tape
- Twine or ribbon of choice
- Thistles (one to two per buttonhole)
- Mini eucalyptus stems (one to two per buttonhole)
- White spray roses (two to three per buttonhole)
- Pearl pins
Start by preparing your chosen flowers and foliage by cutting the stems down to around 2/3cm – remove any thorns from the roses and any leaves or petals that look a little unsightly.
Cut off 5cm lengths of the floral wire, one for every stem you have and pop these on a colour contrasting surface. Trust me, you put them down on a similarly coloured surface, they disappear and then you end up stabbing yourself trying to find them!!
To strengthen each stem use a piece of the wire and wrap it around. To do this place the wire across the top of the stem (making a + sign) and cross one price around the back, overlapping and twisting. Bend any excess wire downwards and being both sides of the wire in line with the stem. Use floral tape to wrap this to protect from any sharp edges.
Do this for each of your stems until you’ve got some lovely, neatly wrapped stems. The next step is to arrange them into a mini bouquet and wrap them all together in floral tape. Be aware that one side will be resting on a jacket and unseen so focus on something that will give you a good look from the front.
Have a place around and once you’re happy, use your tape to secure all of your stems together. Next up come your twine or ribbon – neatly wrap this around the stem, covering up any tape and making sure it’s nice and neat.
If you’re using ribbon I’d advise using a little fabric glue to keep it in place! Twine is a little easier to work with as it’s not as slippy and can be looped back around.
Pop your pin in and now you have your lovely little homemade buttonhole.