How to Wire Orchids for Corsages

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There are many reasons for a beautiful orchid corsage including Mother's Day, graduation, prom and weddings just to name a few. They are easier to make than you might imagine. Follow these tips to make your own orchid corsages.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • 2 phalaenopsis orchids of different sizes
  • some ivy leaves
  • baby's breath
  • fern or any floral filler
  • scissors
  • stub wire
  • floral wire
  • florist's tape
  • 1 pearl headed pin

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Make 2 pins with two pieces of stub wire. One of the wires should be a little shorter than the other. Thread both wire pins down the shaft of the calyx (middle of orchid) and pierce through the bottom coming out on either side of the stem. The top of the wire pin can be bent just a tad and pulled deep into the middle of the orchid.

  2. 2

    Starting beneath the flower, tape the stem and wire by twisting the stem into the tape rather than the tape around the wire. Do this for both flowers. You are securing your orchids on the wire stem, which is covered lightly in floral tape.

  3. 3

    Hold your two orchids together in an appealing way, preferably with the smaller one a little lower that the larger one, and then also add the ivy leaves or your choice of floral filler. Work with it until you are happy with the affect and then use the tape to circle the stem (stem and wire) and filler stems. Later you can bend the flowers and floral filler a little to make the corsage look fuller.

  4. 4

    Ensure all of the stems and wires are taped. This will lock in the moisture and ensure that they don't poke the person wearing it.

  5. 5

    Cut the stem/wire to about 5cm long and curl the very tip up a little so it doesn't snag clothing.

  6. 6

    Use the pearl headed pin and poke it straight through the taped stem, attaching the corsage to the garment.

Tips and warnings

  • Always start with fresh flowers. Give them a good drink of water before you begin ensures that they stay as fresh as possible. Handle them as little as possible and use a gentle touch when adjusting the corsage. Flowers will stay fresh in the refrigerator for several hours before the event. You can add a few strands of ribbon to match the outfit or even to match other corsages and boutonnières. Think about adding a couple of other flowers to your orchid corsage, such as baby roses or daisies. Even a few small silk flowers might add to your creation. The orchid should be the eye-catcher but sometimes a couple of other flowers add nicely to the arrangement depending on the event or season.
  • Do not leave the corsage out in the direct sunlight or in a warm place. Practicing on cheaper flowers will sharpen your skills.

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