Photo courtesy of Ron Wendt Design

Our autumn weddings are in full swing, and here at Southern Living, we're loving the deep colors, beautiful backdrops, and charming Fall projects. We'll be bringing you Southern wedding-related posts—DIY ideas, etiquette tips, real weddings and more. This week, we're collaborating with Ron Wendt of Ron Wendt Design, a native Texan who's behind the exquisite floral events of Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Cartier.

We love the Southern charm of this DIY cotton boutonniere. This piece is of moderate difficulty, incorporates the classic plants we love, and looks like a million bucks on the groom.


The Project: DIY Cotton Boutonniere

Level: Moderate

Timeline: A week before the wedding

Materials:Sorghum, cotton boll, camellia leaves 30 gauge floral wire 1/2" floral tape Raffia (optional) Magnatac or similar craft glue


1. Wrap the stems of the cotton blossom and the sorghum clusters with florist wire, and then wrap the wire with florist tape. The tape needs to be stretched as you wrap in order for it to stick.

2. With a piece of florist wire, make a small "stitch" through the midpoint of the spine of the camellia leaf. Bend both ends of the wire down, twist slightly around the leaf stem, and wrap with floral tape as shown in the image below.


3. Gather the cotton and sorghum cluster with the camellia leaves as backing and tape all elements together with floral tape. Trim the wire stem of the boutonniere to about 2".

4. If you choose to use raffia, place a drop of glue at the base of the floral cluster where you started the tape. Put the end of the raffia in the drop of glue and begin to slowly wrap the wire stem, covering the tape with raffia.

5. Put a drop of glue at the end to hold the raffia wrap in place and cut off the excess. Allow to dry completely.

Pro Tip: Pin onto the suit's left lapel, so the boutonniere is worn over the heart.