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a sailor knot for dad

I designed these sailor knot boutonnieres recently for Project Wedding. They would be just as sweet made for a dad, as for a groom.

The traditional sailor knot, also called an eight knot, was made to never be broken. It was designed to withstand the constant weathering of the sea. A perfect sentiment about the strength of family love. It would be special for dad to wear, as a reminder of the unbreakable bond he shares with his kids.

To make the boutonnieres you will need a length of thick boating rope (available at most craft/home stores), scissors, and a piece of floral wire.

  • Fold a 12 inch section of rope in half to make a good sized boutonniere.
  • Follow this video tutorial to learn how to tie an eight knot.
  • Snip of the ends of your tied rope off and pinch the ends together.
  • Wrap a length of floral wire around the base for a rustic, unfinished look. Just right for dad.

Photography by Carly Taylor for a subtle revelry.



  • Gloria
    May 25, 2011 at 9:18 am

    what a great idea! i love how it looks and the sentiment behind it :-)

  • Christine
    May 25, 2011 at 11:28 am

    What a sweet idea!

  • Lena
    May 25, 2011 at 12:06 pm

    How darling-I love this!

  • bianca
    May 25, 2011 at 1:10 pm

    That is so sweet – perfect for the occasion… love it!

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  • Megan
    June 5, 2011 at 11:18 am

    GREAT! I’m planning a ‘knot’ical wedding on a tight budget, AWESOME alternative to floral boutinnieres. :)

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    September 13, 2013 at 11:50 am

    I love this idea.. I am just curious what the yellow flower is that is shown above?

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