Rustic boutonnoire tutorial

DIY Foliage Buttonhole

Rustic boutonnoire tutorial

Hello lovelies!  Tell me, are you planning a DIY wedding or does the thought of crafting your big day fill you with dread? I think a handmade detail is the perfect personal touch for any wedding – but that doesn’t mean you have to plan a full-on DIY extravaganza!  All the tutorials shared on b.loved are sweet, simple and easily achievable for your own big day – but just pick one or two to ensure you don’t suffer from wedding crafting burnout!

This week I’m sharing another simple idea from this Figs & Florals styled shoot; an elegant foliage buttonhole DIY by Rachel from The Rose Shed. Here’s  the details ~

Rustic boutonnoire tutorial

You will need:

Florist Scissors or Secateurs

Florists stem tape

Twine or pretty ribbon of your choice

Selection of foliage sprigs

Pearl headed pin


Rustic boutonnoire tutorial

Gather your various types of foliage together, here I have used eucalyptus, olive, astilbe, wild grasses and stachys. If you would prefer to add in a few small flowers this would also work. Make sure you have your scissors, floral tape and ribbon to hand too.

Rustic boutonnoire tutorial

Start by snipping off a selection of the foliage sprigs, you are looking to cut them about 8- 10cm long and remove any of the lower leaves. It is important to use different types of textures of foliage so they all sit well together when making the buttonhole and look interesting.

Rustic boutonnoire tutorial

Once you have cut about 10 small foliage sprigs, lay them out together and begin making the buttonhole. Start by holding the largest, most robust sprig in your hand and layer up the remaining foliage sprigs, try to keep all the stems in line. Any delicate sprigs try to place these between the tougher ones as this will help protect them.

Rustic boutonnoire tutorial

Tape the foliage sprigs together at the point where you are holding them using florists stem tape. This is a slightly sticky tape and needs to be pulled when wrapping the stems in order for it to stick. If you do not have tape, you could also use twine or a thin string.

Rustic boutonnoire tutorial

Trim the ends of all the stems to finish the buttonhole in a neat way, the overall length should be about 8cm.

Rustic boutonnoire tutorial

Finish off with some pretty ribbon or twine, here Rachel used cotton lace and secure to the lapel with a pin.

Rustic boutonnoire tutorial

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Styling & Art Direction: Jessie Thomson Weddings & Events // Photography: Alex Miller Photography // Flowers: The Rose Shed  // Venue: Coombe Lodge  // Mensware: Grooms own and Clifton Suits 


After a decade-long career in corporate interior design, I took a giant leap of faith, left the security of an office job, and founded B.LOVED in 2011 as a platform for romantic and beautiful wedding inspiration. Thanks to a whole lot of creativity, hard work and passion, my gamble paid off and B.LOVED became one of the leading wedding blogs in the UK.

I'm also a co-founder at The Brand Studio, where I design and curate beautiful photoshoots for wedding and lifestyle brands, as well as running wedding industry community the B.LOVED Hive where I support and nurture wedding pros building industry leading businesses. Yep, I definitely have the best job in the world.

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