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



  • 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 


  • Optional: Ribbon and hot glue

Cut your stems

Ida Blooms DIY Boutonniere

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.


Arrange your boutonniere


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


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!


Adorn it


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.



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.