How to Make Succulent Boutonnieres for Your DIY Wedding

I’m really excited for today’s post! My friend Erin is a very talented florist so I teamed up with her and she made some fabulous succulent boutonnieres with the cuttings I got for my most recent succulent wreath (I’ll post pictures of this soon!). 

Succulent boutonniere's are a great touch for any wedding and are simple to make!

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I always love looking through Pinterest and spotting succulents in bouquets and wedding boutonnieres. I think succulents would also make for a very unique prom boutonniere as well! I attempted making some boutonnieres a while ago and the result was not so pretty. So, I asked Erin if she would show me how to make boutonnieres with succulents. It is a lot simpler than I thought and I thought her combinations of plants were really pretty! If you are looking to make your own boutonnieres for your wedding or prom, take a look at the tutorial below! You can purchase cuttings for them here. If you’re looking for other succulents for your wedding you’ll love The Succulent Source!

I put together a video of her making one of the boutonnieres as well as a photo step-by-step tutorial.

First off, here are the supplies you’ll need:

The first thing you’ll want to do is decide what succulents you’ll want to pair together. One thing I love about Erin’s work is her combination of colors and textures. Once you know what you want together, you’ll start adding the wire.

Depending on the succulent you are using, you may need to cut off the roots.

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Since succulents don’t have a long stem you need to add wire to create a “stem”. To do this, insert a piece of wire in the base of the succulent and push it through until the halfway point.

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Here is another way you can add the wire to the stem:

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Then you’ll fold the wire down to form the base for the “stem”.

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Next, you’ll take a piece of floral tape and wrap the actual stem of the succulent all the way down to the bottom of the wire.

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The nice thing about having a wire stem is you can easily bend the head of the succulent to make it face whatever way you want. After you’ve created a stem for all the succulents you are going to use you can start putting the boutonniere together. Start by wrapping two of the succulents together.

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Add the third succulent and use floral tape to attach all the stems together.

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Once this is done, you can add ribbon and a pin and now you’ve completed your succulent boutonniere!

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I love how these eight turned out. We had a nice variety of plants from Daniel’s Specialty Nursery that gave these a unique look. The Kalanchoe delagoensis were especially fun because they are so unique (the main succulent in focus below).

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If you’ve used succulents for your wedding or event I’d love to see! Feel free to leave a comment linking to photos or send me an email! Also, be sure to stop by and see more of Erin’s beautiful arrangements at Floral Design by Erin.

22 Responses to How to Make Succulent Boutonnieres for Your DIY Wedding

  1. I find that your ideas of do-it-yourself are really Great!
    I do not very well speak English because my language is French,
    See you soon on my blog or on your blog

  2. How far in advance of the big day can you make these (ie how long before the succulents start to lose their turgor)?

    • Honestly, you could easily make them a week before and possibly longer depending on your area. As long as you keep them in an area where they are getting enough sun they’ll stay looking good for quite a while. You could spray them every so often to help them stay happy but they’d be fine without that too.

    • If you live in a humid area and leave them bare root for too long the succulent plants will try to adapt. They will start growing roots upward. I wouldn’t risk going longer than a week.

  3. Many partners, nevertheless, choose to provide their particular vases which might be cheap if not free for their ecofriendly wedding.

  4. Hi Cassidy!

    I loved your quick video about succulent boutineers! I will be making my own for a wedding and I am in search of an alternative to boutineer straight pins.

    I have seen in a floral shop before a more stabalizing boutineer pin. It’s more like a safety pin, that pins horizontally across and has a plastic piece that lays flat vertically against the lapel. I think this would be especially helpful to use in a succulent boutineer where there is a lot of weight.

    I haven’t been able to find these lapel safety pins on the internet. Do you know what I’m talking about and if you can, could you point me in the right direction to where to buy a pack?

    THANK YOU! – love your work!

    • Boutonnieres are a lot of fun, and honestly one of the easiest florals to make for a wedding. I’m sure you’ll love them! I haven’t heard of the pins you are talking about, but they sound awesome! I tried searching Amazon and found this vase sort of thing for a boutonniere. I’m not sure it would match the look you’re going for, but maybe it will get you in the right direction?

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I'm Cassidy, a professional photographer turned succulent addict and the author and photographer here at Succulents and Sunshine. This is me with my wonderful husband and super cute baby!

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