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Affordable DIY Boutonniere (with flowers from the grocery store!)

Ida Blooms DIY Boutonniere

It's Father's Day Weekend! Every year, I go on the hunt for a unique way to make my dad feel loved. Granted, I live 2,396 miles away from my dad. So, I'm usually limited to a hand-crafted card.

BUT, if I lived closer, you better believe I would make my dad a Father's Day Boutonniere!

Boutonnieres are a very manageable Flower DIY and the easiest way to start flower arranging. Not only is it kid-friendly, but it requires very few stems. So, you get a lot bang for your buck. For example, the $14 of flower supplies I picked up for this DIY at Trader Joe's could have made 20 boutonnieres! But, I just used the extra stems to spruce up my kitchen table ;) 

So, first thing is first. I built a detailed eight minute video tutorial to walk you step-by-step through this process. It will show you eVeRyThiNg you need to know. Access  it for free by signing up for my mailing list here.

Meanwhile, here are the highlights:

You will need

DIY Boutonniere Supplies

Mechanics

Flowers

  • Green sturdy back like eucalyptus // $5 at Trader Joe's
  • Focal flower like a spray rose // $5 at Trader Joe's 
  • Filler flowers like chamomile // $4 at Trader Joe's 

Adornments

  • Optional: Ribbon and hot glue

Cut your stems

Ida Blooms DIY Boutonniere
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Ok, so we're going to be working with one stem of each of your fillers, focal flowers, and sturdy green back. You really don't need much. Just cut a few little pieces to two inches long and remove any extra leaves from the bottom of the stems. This will help later when we start to wrap the stems together.

In the end, you'll have a little collection like this vvvv.

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Arrange your boutonniere

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Use your fingers to arrange the boutonniere. We'll start with the sturdy back – in this case, eucalyptus silver dollar. Hold the stems together with two fingers, then add your focal flower – in this case, a spray rose. Lastly, surround the focal flower with filler stems – in this case, that is chamomile and tiny bits of eucalyptus baby blue.

Tape it together

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Cut a piece of floral tape, and activate it by gently pulling it taught. Then wrap the stems of your boutonniere. Once your boutonniere is wrapped, snip the stems to the same length.

You can be done here, if you want!

Or......

Adorn it

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If you want to add ribbon, now's the time! Wrap the ribbon around the stems, right on top of the the floral tape.  Secure the ribbon with a small dot of hot glue on the back of the stems.

Enjoy!

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That's it! It's so easy! Use two floral pins – like an "x" through the stems – to secure your boutonniere to your dad's lapel. It will make him feel too legit to quit. Guaranteed.

How to host a boho beach picnic

Boho Beach Picnic

One of the things I love most about San Francisco is Ocean Beach, which borders the far west of the city. Just trek four miles from the hustle and bustle and cable cars climbing Nob Hill (where I live) and you'll hit the tranquil, wild, windy Pacific Ocean. 

Obviously, with access to a space so beautiful, I like to host a lot of picnics. Today, I thought I'd share my go-to playbook so you can host your own!

Boho Beach Picnic
Boho Beach Picnic
How to host a Beach Picnic

The Spread

Unless you're the luckiest person in the world, your beach picnic is at least a drive away. That means you'll want to focus on finger foods that don't require extra plates and utensils. Luckily, all of these can be found easily (and cheaply!) at your local grocer. I stopped at Whole Foods on our way to the beach and bought some brie, bread, cold cuts, grapes, and walnuts. I wanted to keep our punch light and refreshing, so once we arrived, I mixed a few cans of grapefruit spiked seltzer (from Costco, highly recommend!) with a jug of Trader Joe's grapefruit juice.

Boho Beach Picnic
Boho Beach Picnic

The Setup

Sand. Gets. Everywhere. So for your beach picnic, you're definitely going to want to layer blankets. Floor pillows add an extra level of comfort for your guests, as well.

Let's face it, the closer food is to your face, the less chance there is for spillage! I made these little picnic tables about a year ago and take them everywhere. If you don't want to make your own table, you can always purchase a "table in a bag," available at retailers like Crate and Barrel and Pottery Barn.

Now, turn on some tunes, and wait for your guests! 

Boho Beach Babes
Boho Beach Picnic
Boho beach picnic
Boho Beach Babes

The Crowns

If you can't wear a flower crown to a boho beach picnic, when can you?!? Haha I'm teasing, but, really. Since I'm in the business of petals, I had flower crowns ready for my guests as soon as they arrived.

Flowers have a habit of putting everyone in a happy mood and made our picnic feel extra special. 

Boho Beach Picnic

That's it! It's so easy! So go forth, and picnic! I'm always ready to join ya ;)

 

 

This picnic was a collaboration between several badass female entrepreneurs including: Photos by Natalie Folchi of Folchi Creative // Modeling by Andi Teggart of Lucky Collective and Lucky Andi; Ali Mazzotta; Molly Long of Molllified; and Madison Silotti // Florals and Styling by me (eek!), Annie Heath of Ida Blooms.