Dried Flower & Foliage Buttonhole Tutorial

by | DIY Tutorials, Made


Ms Honeycomb

Buttonholes can range from simple and classic to wild and colourful, whichever design you choose, making a statement on the grooms lapel. Dried buttonholes are perfect for a DIY bride who is looking to tick things off a to-do list in advance of the big day! Lasting and textural, these beauties will add an organic feel to any bridal outfit!

A little foresight is necessary, although most florists now sell gorgeous dried blooms. Sentimentally, you could use dried flowers from previous bouquets, grasses you’ve collected on holidays or foliage from Nan’s garden. Having a range of different textures and shapes will help, but simply having a play with your chosen dried flowers will help you to see what looks magnificent!

What You Will Need:

  • A collection of dried flowers, leaves and grasses, for example, hydrangeas, banksia, grevillea leaves, grasses, eucalyptus, echinacea
  • Twine to bind the buttonholes
  • For use, you’ll need florist pins. You can grab a box of these at Flemington Flower Markets, or pop into a local florist

Step 1. Lay out all of the dried flowers and foliage, ensuring they are all clean and dust and bug free. Begin removing leaves off lower stems, and cutting large flowers into manageable pieces. I did not wire any stems, instead making sure each bloom had a long enough stem to use. Keep each stem around 10cm long if possible.

Step 2. Once each stem is cleaned and ready, begin putting together each buttonhole. You may nail it first go, but you may also need to take it apart a few times before it looks perfect. Be patient and it will all come together! Traditionally, begin with the larger, fluffier blooms, and add stems in a neat fashion, like a spiral jar of spaghetti pasta. Finish with delicate grasses.

Step 3. Keep in mind, a buttonhole is best if it has a flat(ish) back, so imagine you’re making a teeny tiny bouquet with all the lovely flowers facing forward. Once you are happy with the design, use a piece of twine approximately 20cm long to bind the dried blooms, tying tightly to secure.

Step 4. If the leaves shift during tying or if you find once it’s bound it doesn’t sit well on a lapel, simply untie and give it another go. Dried flower stems are brittle, so be gentle as you play around. Once the buttonhole is complete, trim the stems on an angle with enough length to give the overall design balance, and voila! You’re done!

To use, pin from behind the lapel through to the buttonhole, then back through the lapel. These whispy and golden buttonholes will last beautifully, and can be made months in advance. The colour of dried blooms may fade over time, but a DIY buttonhole adds a sweet touch to any grooms outfit!

Ms Zebra Says: These are such a great idea – especially for rustic themed weddings! Simple DIY and can be done in advance – they tick all the boxes!! 

About Ms Honeycomb: My heart and home in Scotland and Australia, I am a florist, flower lover, writer, baker, stylist and sew-er of lovely things, with my darling toddler forever keeping me on my toes!


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