Spalding flower shop’s step-by-step instructions to making your own buttonholes

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Flowers N Things of Spalding explains how to create a simple buttonhole.

Do you have a wedding to go to in the coming months?

Why not have a go at making your own buttonhole?

You will need very little specialist equipment other than stem tape and wires, which can be purchased from a florist.

Any flower head will do the job but roses work particularly well and add a romantic touch for a wedding outfit, or carnations, though you could experiment with other flowers.

A few dainty leaves from the garden, such as ivy, is all you really need to add.

Before you begin assembling the buttonhole, pop the freshly cut flowers and foliage into water for a good drink for an hour or two.

• Trim most of the stem away, then wire the flower head (push the florist wire through the base of the flower) and leaves.

• Tape the flower and leaf stems with florist tape which you stretch around the stems onto itself to cover the wires and protect clothing.

• Once wired and taped, assemble into a tiny posy, securing with more florist tape.

• Simply fasten in place with a pin. Gentlemen wear theirs on the left, whereas ladies are always right!