How to Create Your Own Prom Wrist Corsages & Boutonnieres

Written by c.k. wren
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Corsages and boutonni�res are a common tradition for formal parties and weddings and make a classy addition to any outfit. Although any florist will provide options for boutonni�res and corsages, it is much less expensive to make your own. You have more control over the final result. The trick is having the right accessories to make it a simple, creative and fun process.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Corsage bracelet
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue
  • Hot glue gun
  • Scissors
  • Fresh or artificial flowers
  • Fresh or artificial filler flowers (such as baby's breath)
  • Leaves (such as lemon leaf)
  • Sisal or Pearl strings
  • Flower sealer spray
  • Florist tape

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    Making a Corsage

  1. 1

    Hot glue decorative loops of ribbon to the corsage bracelet base. Make sure they are secure before moving on.

  2. 2

    Select a few leaves and glue these to the top of the ribbon loops. Both the ribbon and the leaves serve as both a base and a backdrop to the flowers, so keep that in mind when you are choosing the width of your corsage.

  3. 3

    Clip your flowers closely, leaving only 1/2 inch of stem. Glue the largest flower in the centre of the leaf/ribbon base and glue the smaller ones around it (always with the heads pointing out).

  4. 4

    After the glue on the main flowers has fully dried, attach the filler flowers securely and decoratively in between them. Attach more ribbon at this point as well as other non-flower fillers, such as sisal or pearl strings.

  5. 5

    Allow the glue to fully dry and then spray the finished product with a flower sealer. If you have used fresh flowers, place them in the door of your refrigerator (don't place them toward the back of the fridge or they may freeze) until you are ready to use them.


  1. 1

    Choose a single flower for the centre of the boutonni�re and remove any leaves. Also choose a single sprig of lemon leaf or several large leaves of another variety and a small amount of filler flower. Make sure each option has a 3-inch stem area to work with.

  2. 2

    Lay the leaves on a flat surface and place the filler flower on top of it, slightly lower than the top of the leaves. On top of everything, place the main flower you have chosen.

  3. 3

    Starting approximately 1/2 inch from the base of the flower, wrap green florist tape around the base to secure it all together. If any seems loose, attach the flowers and greenery together more securely by using small drops of hot glue. Spray the finished product with floral spray.

  4. 4

    If you wish, you can tie a bow around the base of the boutonni�re.

  5. 5

    If you have used fresh flowers, keep the boutonni�re in the door or your refrigerator until it is time to wear it.

Tips and warnings

  • Most of the supplies you need can be found at your local craft store. Contact your local florist to purchase fresh flowers.
  • Hot glue can be used on both fresh and fake flowers.

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