Button Bouquet

Button Bouquet Make a statement with a beautiful handcrafted button bouquet; perfect for brides and bridesmaids PROJECT, STYLING AND PHOTOGRAPHY by Rachael D'Cruze-Sharpe Step 1: Wire Cut your wire into six-inch strips for the stems of your button flowers. How many you’ll need obviously depends on the size of your bouquet – as a guide even a small bouquet will use a hundred, so keep cutting! Step 2: Bloom Thread varying numbers of buttons through the wire strips, topping each with a bead or fancy button, so you can't see the wire. Make sure you twist the wire firmly underneath the button blooms and that the ends are the same length. Step 3: Arrange Starting in the middle, take your biggest stems and evenly space on your bouquet, making sure the center top one is especially decorative. Push into the oasis, but not flush to it – a gap of about 5mm is ideal. Step 4: Fill Use the rest of your stems to complete your bouquet. Bear in mind when you do this that you don’t want to see any of the oasis. Aim to overlap some of the stems slightly so you get a full and dramatic look. Step 5: Wrap Take your fabric (A3 size is a good starting point), fold so the outer edges are doubled and neat then wrap your handle, making sure it’s tight. Pin into place with the floristry pins around the base of the bouquet, down the side where the fabric stops and at the bottom of the handle. Voila! You Will Need Oasis bouquet (readily available on eBay and Amazon)...

Fresh Flower Button Holes

Fresh Flower Button Holes Florist Emma Hewlett shows how to design and create gorgeous buttonholes with a natural ‘just picked’ look… Step 1: Organise On a clean, flat surface lay out materials, scissors, tape, pins, ribbon and flowers, so you can see everything you’re working with.   Step 2: Divide Cut stems of flowers and foliage to a shorter length – four inches is good as you need to be able to hold them nicely in your hand. Divide your flowers into individual groups, depending on how many button holes you’re making. Flowers seen here are ranunculus, paperwhites, rosemary, veronica, mimosa and pittosporum.   Step 3: Arrange Start to gather the flowers and foliage together to create a small posy. Use a key flower as a focal point and foliage towards the back and sides. This is the really creative part, so take your time and enjoy the process.   Step 4: Secure Secure the stems of your posy with floral tape, starting towards and covering down towards the middle of the stems - leave some showing for a natural look and allow for extra trimming. If you’re using a magnet rather than pin (good for fine materials) tape it in.   Step 5: Finish Dress up those natural stems with string or coordinating ribbon. This can be tied, but for a cleaner look use some floral glue and spiral the ribbon around the stems.   Step 6: Enjoy Trim any access length on the stems, pin on and enjoy!   Styling and photography by Emma Hewlett, www.emmahewlett.co.uk and Sabine Darrall of Sabine Darrall flower school, www.sabinedarrall.co.uk    ...