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How to Make a DIY Prom Boutonniere

DIY Prom Boutonniere

Prom Boutonniere


Prom is one of those iconic events that symbolizes the culmination of our school years. Part of this milestone is being dressed to the nines, and for many young men, this includes wearing a boutonniere. A boutonniere isn’t just a mere floral decoration; it’s a statement of style, elegance, and personality. Opting for a DIY approach to creating one offers numerous benefits. Firstly, it adds a personal touch, allowing you to create something that truly resonates with your style. Additionally, it can be a cost-effective alternative to store-bought options. Furthermore, going the DIY route guarantees you’ll have a unique boutonniere that stands out from the crowd.


Materials Needed for a DIY Boutonniere



Flowers use in Prom Boutonniere


When purchasing flowers, always check for freshness. The petals should be vibrant and firm, not wilting or browning. It’s also crucial to keep them hydrated until you’re ready to assemble your boutonniere.

  • Roses: A classic choice for boutonnieres, roses symbolize love and beauty. They come in a wide range of colours, allowing you to choose one that best fits the prom theme or matches your attire. Each colour carries a different meaning – red for love, white for purity, yellow for friendship, and so on. When selecting roses, look for blooms that are just about to open. They should feel firm and vibrant.
  • Carnations: These flowers are known for their longevity and are a more budget-friendly option. Carnations come in various colours and have a ruffled texture that adds depth to your boutonniere. They are also symbolic of fascination and distinction, making them a meaningful addition.
  • Baby’s Breath: Often used as a filler, baby’s breath adds a touch of whimsy and softness to boutonnieres. Its small, delicate white flowers provide a contrast to more prominent blooms and fill out the boutonniere nicely. Ensure the baby’s breath is fresh and free from brown spots.



When selecting foliage, look for pieces that are flexible and not too brittle. They should be free from pests and disease.

  • Ferns: Adding ferns to your boutonniere can create a lush, green backdrop for the flowers. They bring a natural, earthy element and work well with almost any flower.
  • Eucalyptus: Popular for its unique colour and scent, eucalyptus adds a contemporary touch. Its silvery-green leaves provide a beautiful contrast against more colourful flowers.
  • Ivy: Ivy is perfect for a more traditional or romantic look. Its trailing vines can create an elegant cascade effect if desired.


Accessories & Tools

  • Floral Tape and Wire: Floral tape is essential for securing the stems of your flowers and foliage together. The wire provides additional support, especially for heavier blooms or more intricate designs.
  • Scissors/Floral Shears: A sharp pair of scissors or floral shears is crucial for cleanly cutting stems and wires. This precision helps in maintaining the integrity of the flowers and foliage.
  • Ribbons and Pins: Ribbons can add a touch of elegance and colour to your boutonniere. They can be used to wrap the stems or create bows. Pins are used to secure the boutonniere to the lapel.
  • Decorative Accents: Small decorative elements like tiny pearls, rhinestones, or a sprinkle of glitter can add a unique touch to your boutonniere, making it stand out.


How to Make Boutonniere


 Crafting Your Boutonniere


Preparing Your Flowers and Foliage

The first step in creating your boutonniere is to prepare your flowers and foliage. Select fresh flowers and greenery that not only look appealing together but also hold up well over time. Once you have your materials, begin by gently cleaning them. This involves removing any dirt or debris from the petals and leaves. Next, trim the stems at an angle – this increases the surface area, allowing the stems to absorb more water, which is crucial for keeping them fresh. Be sure to remove any excess leaves or damaged parts from the stem, leaving only the healthiest and most aesthetically pleasing parts. This preparation is key to ensuring your boutonniere looks fresh and vibrant throughout the prom night.


We recommend the following tools for your project:

  • Scissors
  • Floral Tape
  • Ribbon
  • Pins


Arranging Your Boutonniere

When arranging your boutonniere, start with the main flower. This flower serves as the centrepiece and will dictate the boutonniere’s overall look. Hold it at the desired angle and height, and then begin adding secondary flowers or fillers. Fillers like baby’s breath or small ferns are excellent for adding volume and texture without taking away from the main flower. Once your flowers are in place, add in your chosen foliage. This can be anything from a sprig of greenery to a small leafy branch. The foliage should frame your main flower and give the boutonniere a full, balanced appearance.


Securing the Arrangement

After arranging your boutonniere to your liking, it’s time to secure it. Carefully hold the stems together and start wrapping them with floral tape. Begin at the top, just below the flower heads, and work your way down. The tape should be tight enough to hold everything in place but not so tight that it damages the stems. For added stability and to maintain the shape, you can insert a bit of floral wire into the stems before taping. This step is crucial as it ensures your boutonniere remains intact and looks great throughout the entire event.


Adding Final Touches

The final step is to add those finishing touches that will set your boutonniere apart. Cover the floral tape by wrapping the stems with a ribbon that matches your outfit or prom theme. Secure the ribbon with pins or a small dab of glue for a neat finish. Now, you can add decorative elements like pearls, small charms, or a sprinkle of glitter for a bit of sparkle. These small details can elevate the overall look of your boutonniere. Lastly, attach a pin to the back of your boutonniere. This should be done securely so that it can easily be pinned to a jacket without the risk of falling off. With these final touches, your handmade boutonniere is ready to make a stylish statement at prom!


Tips for a Longer-Lasting Boutonniere


Longer-Lasting Boutonniere


Storing Before the Event

To ensure your boutonniere looks its best throughout the prom night, proper storage before the event is crucial. The key is to maintain the freshness of the flowers. Storing your boutonniere in the refrigerator is an effective way to keep it fresh, but there are a few things to keep in mind. First, the boutonniere should be placed in a part of the refrigerator that is not too cold, as freezing temperatures can damage the delicate petals. A good practice is to keep it in the main compartment, away from the freezer section.

It’s also important to protect the boutonniere from moisture and condensation, which can cause wilting or discolouration. You can do this by placing it in a breathable container or a lightly sealed bag with air holes. Additionally, keep the boutonniere away from fruits and vegetables, as they release gases that can accelerate the wilting process.

Lastly, avoid placing the boutonniere in direct sunlight or areas with excessive heat before the event. Heat can cause the flowers to wilt and lose their vibrancy, diminishing the overall appearance of the boutonniere.


During the Prom

Once you’re at the prom, the way you handle your boutonniere can significantly affect its longevity. Be mindful of how you move and dance, as rough handling or constant brushing against it can cause damage. When hugging others, be cautious not to crush the flowers.

Despite your best efforts, accidents can happen. A flower might come loose, or the pin might detach. To be prepared for such scenarios, it’s a good idea to have a small emergency kit. This kit could include a backup pin and some floral tape. Floral tape is particularly useful as it can securely hold stems or petals in place without being too noticeable.

If you notice the boutonniere looking a bit droopy or wilted during the event, a quick spritz of water can help rejuvenate it. Just be sure to spray lightly and not soak the flowers. With these tips in mind, your boutonniere should remain a beautiful and integral part of your prom attire throughout the night.


Personalising Your Boutonniere


prom boutonnieres


Creating a personalized boutonniere for prom is an excellent way to express your style and make a statement. When personalizing your boutonniere, consider elements that reflect your personality or interests. For instance, if you’re an avid nature lover, incorporating greenery or wildflowers can be a subtle nod to your passion. Alternatively, if you have a favourite colour that defines your style, use flowers in that hue to make your boutonniere stand out.

Another aspect of personalization is the choice of flowers themselves. Each flower has its meaning and symbolism. Roses, for instance, are a classic choice and symbolize love and passion, while a less traditional flower like a succulent can give your boutonniere a modern and edgy look. Don’t hesitate to discuss with your florist about unique flowers that can make your boutonniere one-of-a-kind.


Matching with Your Date

When it comes to prom, coordinating with your date creates a cohesive and elegant look. One way to achieve this is by matching the colour of your boutonniere with your date’s corsage or dress. If your date is wearing a lavender dress, for example, incorporating lavender or purple hues in your boutonniere can create a harmonious look.

However, matching doesn’t always mean identical colours. Complementary colours or varying shades of the same colour can be just as effective. If your date’s dress is a soft pastel, a boutonniere with a deeper shade of the same colour can create a beautiful contrast. Additionally, consider the style of your date’s attire. A more elaborate dress might pair well with a simpler boutonniere, while a sleek, minimalist outfit could be complemented by a more ornate boutonniere.


Incorporating Unique Elements

Adding unique elements to your boutonniere can transform it from a traditional accessory into a memorable keepsake. Dried flowers are a fantastic option for adding a rustic or vintage feel. They not only look distinctive but also last longer, serving as a memento of the special night.

Incorporating heirloom pieces like a family pin or a small locket can add a layer of personal history and sentimentality to your boutonniere. This is a beautiful way to honour family traditions or remember a loved one during your prom.

For a more playful and personalized touch, consider adding themed charms or trinkets. If you’re a music enthusiast, a tiny treble clef charm can subtly showcase your passion. For those who love literature, a miniature book charm can add a whimsical touch. These elements make your boutonniere not just an accessory, but a reflection of your unique story and interests.




Crafting a DIY boutonniere and mini bouquet


Crafting a DIY boutonniere isn’t just about creating a floral accessory; it’s about expressing yourself and marking a significant milestone. By personalizing and infusing your touch, you’ll have a keepsake that holds memories for years to come.

If you’re pressed for time or inclined towards the touch of a seasoned florist, Bourkes Florist is ready to assist. While we don’t currently provide boutonnieres, we can deliver fresh flowers for your DIY creations. Our florists excel in curating exquisite blooms, ensuring your prom night is truly special. Place your order today.



Q: What are the best flowers for a boutonniere?

Roses, carnations, and baby’s breath are top choices, each with their symbolic meanings, from love to admiration.


Q: How far in advance should I make my boutonniere?

Ideally, create it a day before prom to ensure freshness, but store it properly to maintain its vitality.


Q: Can I use silk or artificial flowers?

Absolutely. They offer longevity and consistency, though they may lack the natural scent and texture of fresh blooms.


Q: How do I pin the boutonniere without poking myself or my date?

Hold the boutonniere in place with one hand, and with the other, insert the pin from behind the lapel, ensuring it goes through the stem, then back out the other side.


Q: What if my boutonniere wilts during the event?

Keep it cool and out of direct sunlight. As a preventive measure, hydrate the flowers well before assembling. If wilting occurs, a quick spritz of water can help revive it.

How to Make a DIY Prom Boutonniere

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