Though white carnations and red roses are traditionally the most common flowers used for making boutonnieres, nowadays, choosing any flower of your choice is considered alright. Before we start making boutonnieres for homecoming day, you must know that certain flowers symbolize certain things. For instance, green carnations are at times, though not always, associated with homosexuality.
Similarly, on/for Remembrance Day, boutonnieres are usually made using red artificial poppies. As far as homecoming is considered, we'll just stick to the red rose or white carnation. It is also okay to use a fake flower; it looks fresh for a longer time and can be used at another event in the future.
- Rosebud with 3–4 leaves attached
- Floral tape
- Baby's breath
- Corsage pins
- Red satin ribbon
Trim the head of the rose. Leave only about one inch of the stem. Cut a 7-inch piece of the floral tape and set it aside. Now, select large leaves (big enough to serve as the backdrop) and set them aside. Now, measure and cut the baby's breath to the exact length of the leaves that you have selected for the backdrop of your boutonniere.
Now here is the trickiest part of making the boutonniere―arrangement of these materials. For that, set the leaves on the table and place the baby's breath on them. Then place the rose and hold all the stems together in one hand. Now, tightly wrap the stems with floral tape, from top to bottom. If you wish, you can tie a small knot of ribbon at the bottom of this boutonniere. If you are using fresh flowers, then make sure you make the boutonniere just before the event. Also, store it in a semi-moist place or a refrigerator.
Apart from baby's breath, you can also opt for magic lights that match the color of your boutonniere. You can substitute the rose bud with any other flower that has a tough stem and large head―gerbera, daisy, calla lily, carnation, etc., for example. Before selecting the flowers, make sure you consider the tuxedo's color.
As a precaution, you may also want to check that the wearer doesn't have an allergy to the flower that you are selecting. Traditionally, boutonnieres for homecoming are worn on the left lapel. Practice making a sample boutonniere a day or two before the event.