Make a Boutonniere

Adding Salal Leaf

This cushion mum boutonniere is fast taking shape.  I want to add a different texture in to liven up the interest.

You can make a boutonniere special with your attention to each detail.  Fresh greenery adds color and texture to every design.

For this boutonniere, I'm going to add a single salal leaf.  Also known as "Lemon Leaf", this popular greenery has broad, well-formed leaves that are great for framing larger flower heads.

I will use the other leaves later to back the underside of my wedding bouquets and use a few in my corsage work.

You can see how adding this leaf to your boutonniere will give it a dark green background that makes the white flowers pop.

The leaves have very small lateral stems, however, and I prefer wiring each leaf individually so that the placement in the boutonniere is completely controlled by me.

Take a 22 gauge wire and pierce the leaf in a stitch pattern.

Squeeze your thumb and forefinger on the stitch and bend the wires downward to parallel the leaf's own stem.

Use green florist tape to bind the wire and create a reinforced stem.

Cover your elements both front and back and gently bend your leaf downward so it will tuck up under the snapdragon florets when taped into place.

Tape the leaf in place using florist tape.

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