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DIY Cotton Boutonnieres

Usually when I see the three letters D-I-Y I immediately think to myself, there is no way I can do that. Many of the ‘do it yourself’ projects I see on wedding blogs are so involved, by the time you are finished you’ve actually spent more on time and materials than you would have just purchasing the item. That is precisely why Etsy exists. It’s a online retailer dedicated to the ‘do-it-yourself’ projects that you can’t do yourself. So trust me when I say, you can do this! These boutonnieres are simple and beautiful and very inexpensive. Hooray!

I knew I wanted my groom and his men to wear cotton boutonnieres, but I was having a hard time finding them. My sweet friend, and newly married gal, Leah had just finished with her copy of Handmade Weddings and passed it along to me. The book is chock full of wonderful projects on every skill level and the cotton boutonnieres seemed particularly doable. I bought the texas tallow (the little white berry looking things), lavender and floral tape from Save-On-Crafts. The beautiful fluffy cotton came from Floral Cotton, and I purchased the ribbon and boutonniere pins from Michael’s. Here is a step by step tutorial of the process. Let me know how your cotton boutonnieres turn out!! xox

Here’s what you will need for 14 boutonnieres:

  • Cotton (I bought 24 bolls, because I, of course, broke a few stems)
  • Texas Tallow (two bunches)
  • Lavender (optional, 1 bunch)
  • Floral Tape
  • Ribbon (I chose pink to match the bridesmaids’ dresses)
  • Boutonniere Pins
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Scissors

the goods: cotton, texas tallow, lavender, floral tape, ribbon, and pins.

The DIY Bride’s Bible: Handmade Weddings 

Simply wrap the floral tape around the texas tallow and cotton so it stays together. Then place a small dab of glue on the top of the stem to secure the ribbon and wrap ribbon from top to bottom and back up. Add one more dab of glue to secure the end of the ribbon.

Cut a separate length of ribbon and tie into a bow. I secured the bow in place with an extra dab of hot glue.

I made these two for our sweet ring bearers.

The whole lot! 12 cotton & 2 lavender!


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  6. Sherry says

    Thanks for posting this!! I have been looking for one with the cotton bolls. I do have a question though… Did your cotton stay connected to the bur & stem without doing anything to it? I just ordered my cotton bolls and they seem very loose like the cotton is going to just fall out. Any ideas of what I could do to scure them? THANKS!!

    • Hi Sherry! Yes, actually some of the bolls were sort of coming apart from the bur. I just put a little dollop of hot glue in the middle of the bur and pushed the cotton back down. That has seemed to work great. Good luck with yours! I would love to see photos when you are done 🙂

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  8. Thanks for posting this! We love seeing what people create from our books and these came out beautiful!!

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  10. theweddinghunter says

    Hi –

    Nice handywork. I’m also panicked by anything that suggests being handmade. Cheese on toast is ususally my max home production capability!

    I like these boutonnieres very much, they’re unusual. I have a hunt for different types of bouonniere on the go – would you be happy for me to use one of your images and credit back to you?

    Nice post!


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