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
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.
That was quick! Well done 👍
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.
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.
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.
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?