High-quality silk flowers replicate live flowers so accurately it's necessary to get close to tell they're faux. Artificial flowers for wedding corsages provide an alternative for guests with sensitivities to flowers. Using artificial flowers for the corsages eliminates the risk of blooms wilting before the wedding or becoming bruised during dancing. "Martha Stewart Weddings" suggests decorating place settings with fabric flowers equipped with names and pins to serve as corsages or boutonnières for the guests. Corsage-making may seem complicated, yet with basic florist supplies and a plan, you can achieve attractive results the first time.
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Things you need
- Artificial flowers -- peonies, lilies or blooms to match the bride's flowers or the wearer's outfit
- Artificial filler flowers -- Saint Anne's Lace or other tiny flowers (optional)
- Artificial greenery -- small calla lily leaves, rose leaves or fern (optional)
- Wire cutters
- Floral tape in green or white
- Pearl head pins
Select an artificial flower, such as a small calla lily. Cut sprigs of the small artificial filler flowers. Add one sprig of the artificial filler flowers on each side of the main flower. Use a small sprig that is not more than 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) wider than the main flower, to keep the central flower the focus of the corsage. Place a small calla lily leaf behind the artificial calla lily, so that the leaf frames the flower. Adjust the position of the flower so that 1.2 cm (1/2 inch) of the leaf shows above the top of the artificial lily.
Use the wire cutters to cut the stems, leaving 7.5 cm (3 inches) of stem below the bottom of the leaf or main flower, whichever is lower on the corsage.
Cut a piece of floral tape 20 cm (8 inches) long. The exact length isn't important; you just need enough to cover the stems. Hold the corsage by the stems and wrap the floral tape around the stems, beginning where the stems meet below the blooms, or where the leaf stem begins, whichever is lower. Wrap the floral tape in a spiral so the wrapping overlaps.
Continue wrapping the floral tape around the stems to the bottom, stretching the tape gently as you wrap it. Cut the floral tape and use your fingers to squeeze the end of the tape against the stem to seal it. Floral tape is self-adhesive.
Push two pearl head pins through the back of the artificial flowers corsage stem.
Repeat Steps 1 to 5 for as many corsages as you need.
Tips and warnings
- To make wrist corsages, buy wristlets -- corsage wrist bands -- from a craft or florist supply shop.
- Use floral tape to wrap the entire stem of each flower, if preferred.
- Use 6 mm (1/4 inch) satin ribbon to cover the corsage stems, if desired. Coordinate the ribbon colours to the colours of the corsage recipients' wedding outfits.
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