Make a Boutonniere

Wax Flower and Israeli Ruscus

Israeli Ruscus is similar to Italian Ruscus, but has more rounded leaves.  You can buy it by single bunches in my online store.

A single stem of ruscus has enough leaves for several boutonnieres or a couple corsages.

I spray my fresh greens with a leaf polish to seal it and keep it fresh longer.

Allow to dry, then wire with a stitch pattern or with a backing support wire as before with the galax leaf.

Since I planned to put this leave in the back of the boutonniere, I simply put a quick support looped wire behind it.

Tape into place, allowing a good portion of the pointed leaf to show for contrast against the rounded galax leaf.

Tape into place, snipping off excess wise to keep the final stem slender and neatly taped.

Here's a back view showing the support wires in place.

I then placed a second Israeli Ruscus leaf in place, even  a little higher than the first.  Tape to main stem.

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