Proms usually cost a great deal of money, so every opportunity to cut costs provides welcome relief for the students and parents saving up for this grand occasion. While it's hard to get a teenager to compromise on the details of her special day, what she wears on her wrist is much easier to negotiate. Instead of shelling out the big bucks for expensive prom wrist corsages, making your own allows you to exercise your creativity and save money at the same time.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Floral tape
- Decorative wire, ribbon or corsage band
- Baby's breath (optional)
- Floral glue (optional)
Choose flowers. Use the colour of the prom dress to help narrow down your choices. Pay a visit to the local florist to learn what's in season. Select main flowers and accent flowers (sometimes called "filler") that have a stem and leaves.
Select a material for the bracelet. Ribbons, decorative wire or pre-made corsage bands create a "bracelet" for the wrist, where you will attach the flowers. A florist or floral supply retailer carries all the materials necessary for making a prom wrist corsage.
Cut leaves and stems. With materials set in front of you, trim the stems of flowers short, making sure to leave enough room to attach the flowers to the bracelet. Cut away the leaves at the point closest to the stem and set them aside for later use.
Tape each flower. Starting at the point where the petals meet the stem, wrap green floral tape around each flower stem. This allows you to easily position the flowers. Tape together the stems of the main flowers.
Join the main flowers with accent fillers. Attach the stems of fillers (including optional baby's breath) and main flowers with floral tape. Adding baby's breath can create a more elegant look.
Add the leaves. Tape one set of leaves to both the left and the right side of the corsage, underneath the flowers.
Attach flowers to the bracelet. Using decorative wire or floral tape, affix the flowers to the bracelet. For a wrist corsage that uses a lot of flowers or feels heavy, floral glue is typically needed to provide reinforcement.
Tips and warnings
- To ensure optimum colour and freshness, buy the flowers for your wrist corsage on the day of the prom.
- To enhance the look of your prom corsage, attach matching coloured ribbons.
- Depending on the timing of the prom, store a wrist corsage in the refrigerator to prevent wilting. You can also avoid having wilted blooms by choosing silk flowers instead of fresh ones.
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