Boutonniere Tray

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For the Fabric-Lined Tray

  • A simple rectangular tray, like this one from West Elm
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard
  • Fabric (we used cotton velvet, but anything will work)
  • Glue gun

For the Matching Pincushion

  • Fabric (we matched ours)
  • Hand needle
  • Matching thread
  • Piping trim
  • Pins
  • Sewing machine with piping foot or zipper foot
  • Stuffing
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For the Fabric-Lined Tray

1. Cut cardboard to fit inside the tray, then cut the fabric a few inches larger around all four sides. Cut an angle at each corner and apply a dab of glue.

Cut & Glue Step

2. Pull fabric snug and glue each corner, working your way around all four sides.


3. Let dry, fit into the tray, and fill with boutonnieres, and, if desired, the matching pincushion.

Pull fabric snug step

For the Matching Pincushion

1. Cut two pieces of the same fabric (we used a 5-inch-by-7-inch piece to make a 4-inch-by-6-inch cushion).

Pin Cushion Squares

2. Apply and pin your piping, cutting slits in the corners to make the curve. Use your zipper or piping foot to sew in place, or sew by hand with a needle and thread.

Cushion Filling

3. Sew the other side of cushion using the first stitched line as your guide.


4. Leave a couple of inches to turn inside out, add stuffing, and hand-stitch to close.

Place boutonnieres in tray

5. Add pins and place in the tray with the boutonnieres (we chose stephanotis, hoya leaves, and a bit of narrow bronze ribbon for ours), and prepare to wow your guests!

Finished Tray with cushion
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About the Author

David Stark

David Stark is a renowned New York-based event producer, designer, and five-time author, as well as president and creative director of David Stark Design and Production, a full-service event design and planning firm. David and his team are celebrated for the inventive, imaginative weddings they create globally for a wide range of high-wattage celebrity, society, and fashion clientele...


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