Thursday is usually catch up day for all my errands because I know without a doubt I will always have a fabulous post waiting in my inbox from the incredibly talented, Laurie Cinotto. This week’s DIY tutorial is a twist on fresh flower boutonnieres and from the instructions below seems like a pretty easy and fun project to tackle. Enjoy!


What You’ll Need
Scraps of Fabric (100% cotton fabric, in coordinating colors)
Fabric Coated Wire (also called millinery wire)
Ribbon (1/4 ” wide)
Floral Corsage Tape
Mod Podge (decoupage glue)  (original formula, matte finish)
Pinking Shears
Sponge Paint Brush
Wire Cutters
Resources: The fabrics used are from the Moda
“Recess” fabric pack of 5″ squares. Fabric coated wire can be found in
the floral section of your craft store.    Mod Podge is in the glue
section of craft stores.


1.  Begin by cutting a 5″ square of cotton fabric.

2.  Fold in half, then into quarters. (See figure 1 and 2)
3.  Fold in half again to make a triangle (see
figure 3)  and then fold in half again.   (It’s just like your folding
a snowflake).  
4.  Use your pinking shears to cut a rounded “V” shape from  the non-pointy end of the triangle.  (see figure 4)
5.  Unfold your fabric.  It should be shaped like a flower.  ( see figure 5)
6.  Grab your fabric in the center (from the back side) and pinch.  Wrap the wire around the pinched section. (see figure 6)
Leaves  (make two of these)
7.  Cut a rectangle of fabric approximately 3″ x 2″   Lay it pattern side down on your work surface.
8.  Use your sponge brush to apply a coat of Mod Podge on the back side of your fabric.   (see figure 7)
9.  Place the coated wire in the center of the right half of your rectangle.  (see figure 8)
10.    Fold the rectangle in half with the wire
centered inside, (see figure 9)  smooth out the fabric.  Apply a coat
of Mod Podge on the outside surface.
11.  Allow to dry completely.
12.  Cut out a leaf shape, keeping the wire in the center, like a leaf vein.
13,   Cluster your flower and leaves together and
wrap with corsage tape.   (Pull the corsage tape while wrapping, it
gets sticky when stretched).  (see figure 11)
14.  Use your wire cutters to trim the wires so the “stem” is about two inches long.
15.  Cut an 18″ piece of ribbon, wrap it around the stem and tie off with a bow.   
16.  Fluff open your petals and curl your leaves downward. 
17.  Use a boutonniere pin to attach to a lapel.
What It Cost:
Fabric – $6.99 (for one pack of 36 five inch squares)
Coated Wire – $3.99 for a pack of 20 strands
Ribbon – $.80 a yard.
Mod Podge – $3.99 for a small bottle
Corsage Tape $1.00 for one roll

Thanks again, Laurie!!


Comments (18)

Laura T. | Reply

So sweet and fun! I love Laurie’s projects.

Sara | Reply

Those things are cute to bout…Get it:)…

Vivian | Reply

Ok, I am so glad you posted this project. I saw fabric boutonnieres a while back and wanted to do something similar, but had no clue where to start. Are you reading my mind?

Kathryn | Reply

Best thing I’ve seen all week!

Amy@OldSweetSong | Reply

Seriously, is Laurie a mere human or an amazing craft making robot sent from the future?

katrina+andrew=sedonabride | Reply

oh my goodness those are super cute!!

Rachel (Heart of Light) | Reply

These are so sweet! I would make them just to keep by my bedside.

alison | Reply

why does everything she make look so simple??
love them

Jules | Reply

so beautiful, and a great tutorial! I love the white vases too, any word on where she got them?

clarice | Reply

These are wonderful, Thank you. I am new to your blog and love it. Clarice

Jen | Reply

Thanks for this great idea! I am going to try to make a little bigger version of these for pew decor to accompany some burlap and tulle bows…

chelsea {oh, my deer!} | Reply

precious! i love, love love them!

laurie cinotto | Reply

thanks for all the kind words! jules,, the vases were all found at thrifts stores over the years.

Mary S. | Reply

I love the fabrics! What a great way to add some pattern to the palette!

Annie Pazoo | Reply

how beautiful – and adorable. Found you via One Pretty Thing and will be back – love your site.

Diane Knott | Reply

How sweet – and simple. Your photos alone make this an easy project to follow.
Hmmm….weekend project!

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