After taking a flower arranging class in college, my wife likes to whip up nice flower arrangements for friends, parties, weddings, and in this case today, funerals too.

A boutonnière is a spray of flowers worn in a buttonhole. For this project, you just need some small flowers, like carnations, and large solid leaves like something from a camellia bush or lemon tree.

Project Steps

Cut the stem off the flower with about an inch of room to spare.

Cut a piece of wire about 6 inches long

Gather a leaf or other decoration to add to the boutonnière.

Push the wire through the leaf, and then through the thick part of the flower stem.

Hook the end of the wire around the flower and the leaf.

Wrap it all the way around the flower and stem.

Wrap the wire all the way down the stem.

Start the floral tape around the top of the wire.

Wrap the tape down the stem, around the wire.

When you are finished, use a corsage pin (a pin with a pearl on it), to pin the boutonnière to your jacket, shirt or blouse.