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Floristry 101 - How to Make a Boutonniere - Class No. 6

Deb Jasinski, Floral Designer #flowerobsessed

Floristry 101 - How to Make a Boutonniere - Class No. 6

Deb Jasinski, Floral Designer #flowerobsessed

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6 Lessons (26m)
    • 1. Welcome!

    • 2. Design Considerations

    • 3. Designing

    • 4. Ribbon

    • 5. How to Wear a Boutonniere

    • 6. Class Project

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About This Class

Welcome to Boutonniere making!  Learn the art of making flowers for the gents! If you plan to become a floral designer, this is an essential skill.  Weddings, proms, and black tie events will be ringing you up with their orders.

We will go through the process step by step, starting with things to consider while designing a boutonniere, right down to how to pin it on your client....and everything in between.

If you haven't already done so, please be certain to take Class No.5 Wiring & Taping before attempting this class.  The skills taught in Class No.5 are required in order to proceed.

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Deb Jasinski

Floral Designer #flowerobsessed


Hello, I'm Deb.  I've worked in the floral design industry for nearly thirty years.  You could definitely say that I am flower obsessed!  I am most passionate about teaching floral design.  Sharing with students how to open their creative eyes to all that nature has to offer is an integral part of my teaching practice.  It's essential to get outdoors and really notice our natural surroundings on a more macro and intimate level in order to mimic nature in a floral composition.  Join me on this flower journey and become flower obsessed too!

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1. Welcome!: Hi and welcome to flourish 3.1.1, class number six. But when you're making, my name is Deborah Rasinski and I am a Florida designer and I will be your instructor for the duration of this class. Now we're going to divide this class up into several different components. The first one is design considerations. So these are things that you need think about before you make the lesion boot near. The next one is actually going to be the designing of the boot near. And then our third component will be how to properly attach a boot near to the lapel. And then finally, we will discuss the project. Now, if you haven't already taken the Fleurus theory 101 class number five on wiring and taping. I encourage you to stop the video now and go back and have a watch with that one and practice the wiring and taping and do the project. Because in order to create a boot near you do need to have the skill of wiring and taping. And I have gone through that in great detail in class number five. If you have already taken class number five, then feel free to join me in the next component. 2. Design Considerations: Okay, so when do you begin the designing process of boot near, there's a lot of things that you really need to consider before you just dive right in. And the one thing that I want to talk about is in my opinion, the most important is the actual flower that you choose. You need to make sure that what you choose is in fact a flower that will hold up nicely in a boat near. There are a lot of flowers that do beautifully out of a water source for an entire day. Roses or kids, renown keyless, they do well. They get a little bit soft. They hold up, they don't fall apart, they don't wither. They're not obvious to people around that it's not faring well. There are flowers however, that we'll just go completely limp and wilted within a matter of an hour once it's pinned on the lapel. My number one example for that would actually be a hydrate. Hydrate just do very poorly out of a water source, so they are completely off the table as well as a poppy, that's another one that just doesn't do well. So you really need to know your flowers. If you're not sure of how well your flour will do out of a water source. One thing that you can do is actually just test it. Leave it on the table for, you know, four or five hours and see what happens. Keep in mind that most events I would say they need to last a good six or so hours. So that's a good way of testing it is just leave it out, see what happens. So once you figure out what flowers work and what flowers don't work for your boot nears, then you need to consider who's going to be wearing it and the size of this person. So for example, if the person that's going to be wearing the boot near is like a big giant football player guy with really broad shoulders and he's like almost seven feet tall. You wanna make sure that the flower that you choose or the cluster of flowers that you intend to put together. Our big enough to showcase the gentleman's broad shoulders. You don't want this teeny tiny little thing attached to this big gigantic Person. Ditto, if you're doing a boot near for say, a Little fellow like a ring bearer, somebody that's two years old, you want something very tiny and very delicate so that proportionately it works. The other thing that you need to consider too, of course, with the size of the flowers, you want to make sure that you choose a flower that doesn't have a lot of girth to it. If the gentleman is big and can handle a flower that's quite sizable, that's okay, but you don't want to flower that's sticking out from the lapel so much that every time the groom goes to hug somebody, it gets crushed. You want something that fits fairly, fairly flush to the lapel. It's okay if it stands out, you know, like maybe maybe three-quarters of an inch and into the very most. But if it's something that's going to be sticking out really far like some of these big roses. And you definitely want to make sure that you avoid something like that. Colors. Of course, you need to consider the colors and this is something that you are going to discuss with your client in terms of what it is that they want it to match up to, whether it's like a pocket square and a tie, or whether it's something that coordinates with the bride's made or a prom date, that sort of thing. Allergies and another thing that you want to consider, some people are not good with flowers and so maybe you have to get creative and do something that uses succulents and greenery and berries or peppers or something that's a little bit more earthy so that they don't have to worry about any sort of fragrance. And then last but not least, you wanna make sure that the flowers that you choose will not stay in the garment. And the reason why I say this is because it's become very popular that there are flowers out there that have been died. Some of them are stem died, which means that the die is inside the flower. And if there's any sort of rubbing, the chance that that can come off, some flowers are actually dipped into dy with an outer page so that, you know, if they get wet or or even just through humidity, they could leave a mark. So I always caution people to avoid any flower that has been artificially colored because there's always that chance and we don't want anybody getting upset because of an outfit has been ruined. So these are all really important considerations that you need to take before you actually start designing your partner. 3. Designing : All right, so here we are ready to start designing our Buton years. Some of these elements that are on the table here might look familiar to you if you just finished having watch with the wiring and taping video. These are some of the flowers that we wired and taped in that class. And so we're gonna go ahead and use some of these guys plus some others that'll do along the way in our boot near design. So there's a couple of things that you really need to take notice of when you're making your boot near. And the number one thing I would say is that you wanna make sure that the piece that you're making is not top heavy because you don't want it to fall forward on the lapel. You wanna make sure that it sits nice and steady so that everything is just kind of in one sort of clumped little area. So essentially I like to say that what we're doing is we're making a miniature bouquet for the lapel. Okay? So I have some elements here. I'm going to use them, but I'm also going to add a few other elements I think is, well, let's start with this little guy here. Now remember, we're making something for a gentleman, so it doesn't have to be really massive and oversized with ribbons and all sorts of bells and whistles. I find nowadays the gentlemen are really preferring something just a little bit more, a simple and organic. So I'm going to start with this rows here because it's a nice, delicate size. And what I'm gonna do is I'm going to get some of my elements and I'm going to start clustering them together now because everything here is wired and taped. I'm just going to put everything together in a little bundle and you'll notice that I'm holding them together in one spot. Okay, that's the most important thing and I will say it over and over and over again, is you have a single binding point when you make a boat near. Ok. So my fingers right now are acting as the single binding point. Okay, so I'm just going to get a few of the elements that I've already created. Here's my mushroom pine cone arose. Going to set this little guy down just nice and low and deep. And you'll notice that everything is just kind of being layered. And again, everything I'm holding onto is right there. Single binding point. So again, it's like a little Posey that I'm creating. Okay, so now that I have the flowers where I want them to go and, oops, I think I might get this little guy in there too, just for some added dimension. A little bit of extra In and out. Okay. I am going to then take my tape and I'm going to bind it. And I'm binding it in a single point. And I'm just gonna go round at a couple of time just so that it's nice and tight. So I have everything together like this. And now that it's all bound, I can start moving things around a little bit to get them exactly where it is that I want them to go. Okay, so now that I've got my key elements in here, I'm going to start embellishing it with some of the finer pieces that are also going to help to cover up some of my mechanical issues that I've got going on and there's a lot of stuff showing. We don't want that to show. Very, very important. So I'm going to start using the sum. Of this CD eucalyptus, I love this greenery because it's a very flexible, it's very bendy. So I can, I can add it freely to my core sausage without having to actually wire and tape it. So it definitely is. It saves you a lot of time. It's definitely a step that you can, you can skip. So I'm just going to grab some of my little bits and pieces. And that's why it's important when you're designing to save all the little bits and pieces because you'd be surprised how handy They come when it's time to make Kurosawa's. So you can see I'm just really talking it right up underneath some of these bits here so that I don't have any issues with my wire or my tapes showing because I want that to happen. So I'm just doing a few little pieces here and there. Again, if I want to squeeze it into the middle here, I can simply take my pine cone and move it backwards. I don't have to worry about it breaking simply because I've already wired and taped tape that pine cone into place. Okay. I've got some high pair can berries here. They are again, very nice and flexible, so I can simply add them off to the side if I so choose. I love hyperbaric barriers. There might be a little apples. And now that I've got the berries and the CDD eucalyptus into place, I'm going to go around one more time around that same binding point. Okay? Again, very important. I'm not changing my binding point over and over again. Okay? So now I think I'm where I want to be. I think I've got everything that I need. I've got my mechanics all covered up. And so now what I wanna do is I want to cover up my course, ah, stems. Because if you notice the stems, there's all sorts of different stems happening in here. I mean, it's very neat and tidy, but I've got high pair can bury stems. I've got some later green stems that are covered in tape. I've got some dark green stems and I've also got little bits and pieces of the seated eucalyptus. So I really wanna make sure that none of that is showing if you were to make a coarser mesh and you wanted all of your stems to show and it's a very pretty look. Don't get me wrong. You can splay them out like that and make them very pretty. You wanna make sure that every single thing that you have in your course sausage has been covered with your green tape. So none of this light green tape, none of us skipping the step of wiring and taping the high-power come, you're still going to have to put tape around them if you want your stems to show. You're also gonna wanna make sure that if you want your steps to show that all of the stems are the same length. Now in my case they are not, but that doesn't matter because I'm planning on covering them up with ribbon. Okay, so I'm gonna go ahead and put together one more piece and then we will finish them off with ribbon and wire. So I just have a couple of little rosettes here, a little Lizzie and this bud. And then I've just got some odds and ends. If I pair can berries and bits and pieces, the CD eucalyptus. And so I'm just gonna go ahead and get these guys put together. So I'm just gonna gather them up in almost like a little triangle. And again, there's my single binding point. I'm going to go ahead and bind them right there. And then I'm going to add some of these little goodies here. Few pieces of the seeded eucalyptus. Cdd eucalyptus again is going to help me to hide some of my mechanics. And again, I'm holding everything at that single binding point. And using the tape. I'm going to go around that one space again, pulling it nice and tight so everything stays in place. So there we go. There is boot near number two. So as you can see, it goes very, very quickly once your flowers are wired and tape, which definitely is the most labor-intensive part of a boat near. Once everything is wired and taped, it's just all about assembly. And that goes long very, very quickly. Alright, so the final, final part to this is taking care of the stems. Of course, we don't want to just finish off our, our boot near like this. So this one here, I am just going to trim. So everything is the same leg. And then I'm going to cover up my stem so that they're nice and smooth with the tape. And again, you can go over it a few times if you want to make your stem a little bit thicker, or if you want to make it a little bit more even at the bottom. 4. Ribbon: There we go. So this guy here I'm going to do in a nice, pretty sat and color. I have this really skinny satin ribbon and this is the, this is the type of ribbon that I really do prefer when it comes to taping the bottom, covering up my mechanics. And I'm going to show you a method that's really fantastic. It is literally does. It doesn't use wire, it doesn't use glue, it doesn't use pins. I actually just have to tie it off and I'm going to show you how to do that. So I'm just gonna get my, my ribbon and I'm going to have a little piece popping up the top. Then I am going to use for later for tying. And then I'm going to line down the stems with my ribbon, pushing it on there because again, this is tacky so it's going to stick. And I'm just going to start going around the stem. And I'm going to do this very neatly. I wanna make sure that I cover all parts of the green stems all the while making sure that this stays up at the top. And I'll show you what we're gonna do with that in a minute. So again, I'm just going to around and around. I like the look of ribbon. I find it's a little bit more formal. I see a lot of, of course, arches aboot nears that are finished off with twine, sort of that burlap rustic look. That's really pretty too. But I do find that having that little bit of shimmer with this sadden Gibbs just gives it a really formal, pretty look. Okay, so I'm almost to the top here. Just getting rate around the top there. And then when I get to the very top, I'm going to get my scissors and I'm going to cut the ribbon. And so I've got both of the ties at the front. And this is where a third hand would come in handy. But we're just gonna go ahead and we're going to tie this off since we don't have a third hand, I usually use my teeth. Didn't have to show that part to you on camera. And I'm going to tie it in a knot and then that way it's not going to come on down. And there aren't any pins or glue or any fuss at all. So they both at the front here. And I'm just gonna go ahead and cut them all off. So there we go. There's a boot near that's been covered with a satin ribbon along the bottom. This guy here, I'm gonna go with a little bit more of a rustic look. I quite enjoy using this, this bind wire. It's by the oasis company and it's basically wire that's been covered with, with a paper. And it gives a really pretty look. So I'm gonna do the exact same thing with this one as I did with the other one. I'm going to have that little extra bit popping up the top because that's what I'm going to attach it to at the end. I'm just gonna pull a little bit over here, stick it down. And I'm just gonna go ahead and loop my wire all the way around until I get to the very top, making sure that I don't overlap it or make it look messy. I also want to make sure that I don't miss any parts. And I want to make sure it's all covered up really well. I'm going to just keep on going around to the very top. And then when I returned to the French were my other one is just going to, but off. And I'm just gonna take the two together. And I'm just going to twist them, puts them a couple of times so that they can't come and done and then give them a nice little trim. And there we are. So two very different looks. We've got the shimmery satin and then we've got the bind wire. The bind wire cut a little bit shorter. Kind of a cute look. Sometimes the look of a long piece is very elegant and lovely as well. So there we go to boot nears didn't take long to do once everything was wired and taped. So stay tuned for the next segment where I am going to show you how you go about pinning the mutineers onto the lapel. Okay. 5. How to Wear a Boutonniere: The final step with Buton years is to know how to properly attach it. It's a really important thing for floors to know because often you will do a delivery of your bridal flowers and the groomsmen or the Father's will ask you if you would mind pinning it on them. I can't tell you how many times I've been photographed over the years pinning the boot near on the father of the groom. It's kind of a, kind of a fun moment. Anyways, you wanna make sure that you know how to do it. So the pins that you wanna get our boot near pins, you want ones that have a nice head on them. These guys are pearls. You can get black or whatever. It really doesn't matter because you're not going to be seeing them anyways, they're going to be completely hidden. But I'm going to show you the difference in the length that you can get. So here's more of what we would call sort of like a, I'm just going to stick it in there so you can see a traditional sort of core sausage or hat pin. And then there's these smaller guys that are a little bit more what you would typically find in a sewing kit. It's the little dyes that we need. We don't need the big long ones. In fact, the big long ones could probably do more damage than good. So we're gonna do the little guys and we're gonna go with the perl colored ones just because that's what I happen to have. And like I said, you're not gonna see it. It also doesn't matter. Always goes over the heart. So over the left-hand side, always, always, always. And it goes over the lapel. And it's a good idea to line it up so that the stems run parallel to the lapel so you don't want it upright like that. You want it a little bit more tilted so that it's running in the same sort of line as you've got going with the lapel. Okay. And then you're going to flip the lapel over. And you're going to keep in mind where the boot near stem is, which in this case it's right here. And I'm going to stick a pin into it. And so what's happening is I'm taking it in, sticking it up in at the base of the boot Nir. I'm not doing it down here, I'm doing it up high. Because if I do it down here, then it can flop for women. We don't want that. Okay. So I'm going to be sticking it up into the boot near. So again, I'm going to go to the back and stick it through and push it up into the boot near not super far. We don't want it poking through to the other side and out so that when people hug the groom they get stabbed. That's not the purpose. Okay. So we've got that. It's going up into it. And then using your second pinch, your gonna do the same thing only in the opposite direction. So you're going to pin down into the stem. And again, you want to poke it down into the stem a little bit higher up. Like so. So you've got one up and one down. And then that way the boot near will sit nice and firm because it's one up, one down on the lapel. Okay. I'm going to show you that again. I'll show you that again with the other button near that we made. This one's a little bit trickier because this one has all of this wire on here. So we have to make sure that we are able to get that right through all of those layers. Okay? So keeping in mind where everything is. Sorry, it's a little bit awkward for me. And I go one up, stabbing it right into gluten here. So you see there it's on. But now we're gonna go one down into it. And then that way, there's no chance for it to swing or flop. And one down. See. Perfect. So there is no signs whatsoever of a pin on the outside. Everything that you're going to see is on the back. It's one up and one down. Make sure they're in far enough and they're angled enough that they're not sticking outwards. And there we go. One perfectly hung boot mirror. 6. Class Project: The project for today is actually a fun one in that you get to design for three different events. So if you have a look at the PDF that I've attached at the bottom here. You'll notice that I have outlined three different events in which you need to design an appropriate boot near. One of them is a very contemporary event and other is a very formal, classy event. And then we also have a very rustic, a rustic style. So I'm excited to see what everybody's projects look like. Please, please, please post them down below so that we can have a look at them. And I see what you come up with.