A corsage is a tiny arrangement of flowers that is traditionally worn on the wrist or pinned to the shoulder or chest. Typically worn by women, corsages are often donned for dances, dates and celebrations such as weddings and holidays. While some corsages are simple and feature one or two blooms, such as orchids or gardenias, other corsages are intricate creations that feature a variety of flowers and greenery, as well as ribbons, pearls, rhinestones or other embellishments. Some florists put corsages together by wiring and taping each individual component. It is possible, however, to assemble a corsage using glue.
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Things you need
- Corsage wristlet (optional)
- Floral wire
- Floral tape
- Floral glue
- Paper plate
- Pearls, rhinestones or other embellishments
Determine whether you will assemble a wrist corsage or a pin-on corsage. If you will make a wrist corsage, obtain a corsage wristlet---an elastic band that fits over the wrist with metal clamps on the top to hold flowers in place.
Wrap a single piece of floral wire in floral tape. Cover the wire completely with the floral tape.
Cut about 1 foot of ribbon using scissors.
Form the ribbon into a large bow consisting of several loops. Wrap the floral wire around the centre of the bow. Twist the floral wire a few times to hold the bow's form. Cut off the excess floral wire with scissors. The bow serves as the foundation to which you will add your glued flowers and other corsage components.
Clamp the bow onto the top of the corsage wristlet using the metal clamps provided with the wristlet. (Skip this step if you make a pin-on corsage.)
Cut an assortment of flowers and pieces of greenery so their stems measure 1 to 3 inches.
Squeeze a silver dollar-sized amount of floral glue onto a paper plate.
Attach the first flower you want to place on the corsage. Dip the bottom portion of the flower's stem in the floral glue. Position the flower against the bow that serves as the foundation of the corsage, and tuck the stem between the folds of the bow's loops. Hold the stem in place for a moment while the glue dries.
Add flowers and greenery to the corsage. Dip them in glue, position them against the bow and hold them in place while they dry.
Embellish the corsage with pearl or rhinestone sprays or other embellishments. Dip the stem of a spray in the floral glue then push it into the corsage, using the same technique used to place the flowers and greenery.
Tips and warnings
- For a quality corsage, cover most of the ribbon foundation with flowers, greenery and embellishments. Avoid allowing the stems or glue to show. Cover any visible stems or glue with small blooms or filler flowers, such as baby's breath or caspia.
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