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Floral Pocket Square Tutorial by Bloom Culture Flowers

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Looking for a unique alternative to the traditional boutonniere? Check out how to make your own floral pocket squares in this DIY flower tutorial from Bloom Culture Flowers!


This post is part of a DIY Wedding Flower & Decor series in partnership with Bloom Culture Flowers. In this series, you’ll find expert decorating and floral advice from Alison Fleck, design genius and founder of Bloom Culture. We hope you enjoy these posts and find them as valuable as we do!

Looking for an alternative to a traditional boutonnière? Why not try a handsome Pocket Square?!

This alternative is fun and unique. We take the same approach to this as we do our corsages. You can make it a day ahead and keep it in the fridge to keep it fresh and prancy. When I made this one I kept it in the fridge for almost a week and it looked good! It was definitely soft but after a week I was happy that it looked decent. I am NOT suggesting you make it that far in advance but just to give you peace of mind that it can hold up.

Check out our quick video tutorial below to see how we made this lovely flower pocket square and if it may be a good option for your groom (or whomever) for your wedding!

Supplies you’ll need:

Here’s a list of the supplies and tools you’ll need to do your cake floral:

  • Stiff Card Stock (I used business cards)
  • Cold Floral Glue/Floral Adhesive
  • Snips

The Flower Recipe:

We used the following flowers:

  • 2-3 Spray Roses
  • 2-3 Bunny Tail Grass
  • 2-3 Bleached Fern
  • Sprays of Wax Flower
  • Sprays of Chamomile
  • Leaves of Silver Dollar Eucalyptus

How to Make a Floral Pocket Square 

Follow these easy steps to make a fun and unique alternative to a traditional boutonniere! 

Step 1: 

First: Make sure to measure the pocket you are designing for if you are using card stock. Here I’ve used a business card that sits well in this specific jacket pocket. Apply cold floral glue to your card at the top (you don’t want to cover the whole card as you only want flowers at the top). Let it sit for a few seconds. 

PRO TIP: Use old or not needed business cards!  

Step 2: 

Next: Apply glue to the back of your greenery/leaves. Go slow as the glue comes out fast at first but firms up quickly once it touches air.

*Notice where I am placing the leaves. 

I want the greenery/floral to peek out of the pocket, not sit in it. So place accordingly. 

PRO TIP: The cole floral glue acts like rubber cement meaning…it sticks to itself. That is why we put glue on the card AND the leaves/flowers. Let the glue set for about 30 seconds to let it set up a bit. GO – SLOW! Moving fast will get things really messy and sticky. 

Step 3: 

Next, I add blooms of spray roses. Then I start layering accent pieces such as bleached fern and bunny tail. Layering is our friend – I place a few pieces of one item and then continue with another, going back and forth, layering them in. 

PRO TIP: Always clean up your stems and excess leaves before adding glue and placing the flower on the card stock. It helps keep things tidy.

Step 4: 

Continue working in the items in a fan shape. You don’t want your flowers to stick straight out of the pocket. Once you have your foundation set, you will want to cover up the base or the stems at the bottom. I usually use waxflower or something that will sit well on the edge of the pocket. You don’t want any glue or stems to show. 

Continue layering in until you are happy with how it all looks. You can go as full or as simple as you like! 

Step 5: 

Lastly, add your detail flowers. I typically wait until last to put more delicate flowers in. In this tutorial, I’ve used delicate chamomile. 

DIY Flower Pocket Square Video Tutorial

Follow along in our Video Tutorial to see just how easy it is to apply each of these steps and DIY your own floral pocket square! 

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Alison is a Martha Stewart Top Floral Designer and the founder of Bloom Culture– where we help couples through the entire process of DIY wedding flowers. We take your needs and wants—along with your budget—into account to create a DIY flower plan just for you that checks all the boxes! We take a guided approach to DIY wedding flowers ensuring we do the hard part so you can do the fun part!