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!).
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!
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.
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.
Here is another way you can add the wire to the stem:
Then you’ll fold the wire down to form the base for the “stem”.
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.
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.
Add the third succulent and use floral tape to attach all the stems together.
Once this is done, you can add ribbon and a pin and now you’ve completed your succulent boutonniere!
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).
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.
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