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With Valentine’s Day coming up, a boutonniere is a great way to spruce up your date night outfit with a classic look. Given the amount of professionalism displayed in a traditional floral arrangement, it can feel tempting to buy a pre-assembled boutonniere, but you don’t have to be a florist to make one yourself. Plus, using succulent cuttings instead adds a unique, eye-catching twist to any traditional style. You can even grow the succulent cuttings in your home once you’re finished wearing the boutonniere. Here’s everything you need to know about making your own succulent boutonniere.
Traditionally arranged with flowers, boutonniere is the french word for “buttonhole.” It’s normally pinned to tuxedos or suits for formal occasions. Even so, they can be worn for other reasons outside of weddings, proms, or galas. They can even be made for decoration, especially if you enjoy displaying plants around your home.
As the name suggests, what separates a succulent boutonniere from a traditional floral decoration is the type of plant used for the fashion accessory. Succulent boutonnieres are made from succulent cuttings and decorative materials. Fastened with a pin, it's secured to a lapel or a lapel buttonhole on a tuxedo.
Succulent boutonnieres are great for formal occasions. If you’re attending a wedding, participating in a formal dance, or going to a fancy restaurant, it can be nice to add a little extra style to your outfit. Since many people go with the traditional floral arrangement, a succulent boutonniere is a perfect way to display your love of plants.
With that said, there’s no rule telling you not to wear one whenever you want. If you’d like, a succulent boutonniere can become a regular part of your style. If you enjoy creating your own plant displays, you can use your boutonniere as a decoration. They’re simply fun, unique, and creative!
Unlike floral arrangements, succulent plants can last for several weeks. Even though they can last a long time without soil or water, it’s best to give them basic needs as soon as you’re finished with the boutonniere arrangement. If you’d really like to propagate your succulent plant, cut off the stem and let it callous for 1-2 days before placing it in a new pot.
It’s very easy to make your own succulent boutonnieres. Make sure to purchase cuttings ahead of time, preferably patterns or color schemes that match your outfit. To get started with your DIY succulent boutonniere, you’ll need the following materials:
Don’t waste your succulents after wearing them. Instead, reuse them by placing them around your living space and using them as houseplants! Thankfully, it’s very easy to take care of succulent plants and even easier to propagate them. Just remember that certain species of succulents are more high-maintenance than others. Before planting new succulents, always do your research to find out if they require specific needs. To care for your plants after they’ve been used for a boutonniere arrangement, follow these general steps: