Paper flower buttonholes

Nothing screams ‘wedding’ like a buttonhole. It instantly turns a suit from formal to festive. It’s also a great opportunity to add a bit of colour, and paper flower button holes – won’t wilt on a hot day.

How to make a paper buttonhole

Step one

First things first you need to make your paper flowers – follow steps 1-7 of my paper flower tutorial ¬†and I’ll meet you back here with a flower in hand.

Step 2

That was quick! Well done ūüĎć

This time, add in two leaves, instead of one and position them at different angles, I went for 2 o’clock and 4 o’clock, but you can have a play to see which looks best.

Step 3

Bend the flower into shape so the wire is vertical and the flower head is facing horizontal. Cut the wires to length (about 5-6 cm).¬†Wrap the three wires with floral tape to secure them and make sure you cover the end with tape so the end isn’t sharp.

Step 4 – optional

I only did this for the groom. Wrap the stalk with ribbon, use a dab of glue to secure and then cover then cap the end with clear nail varnish to prevent fraying.

You’re done!

The Groom

This is a chance to make things really personal. I’ve been to wedding’s where they have used pages from a favourite author or poet for the groom’s buttonhole. As our theme was maps I wanted to make Sam’s a bit special and include all the places we had travelled together (and where we would shortly be going on honeymoon).¬†Vienna, Thailand, Denmark, Croatia, Italy and South Africa.

Groom paper flower button hole

Groomsman and Dads

Using different coloured paper you can make a distinction between the bridal and groom’s party. So the groomsman had dark blue, my Dad light blue and Sam had the map paper.

I used green sections of the map paper as the leaves for the groomsman, so the theme was carried through in a  more subtle way.


They both favoured a buttonhole over a wrist courage. For these I made two smaller flowers in each of the blue shades (without the 5 petal outer, as with the ‘accent’ flowers in the bridal bouquet tutorial) and used map pages to make 3 leaves.

Love these paper flowers as much as I do? Why not try making them into a wedding cake topper?

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