How to Use Floral Wire

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How to Use Floral Wire
Make a corsage with floral wire. (wrist corsage wedding yellow flower image by Paul Retherford from

Floral wire is an indispensable tool when arranging flowers or making bouquets. It's used in dried, silk and fresh flower arrangements. The wire is useful in making wreaths and sprays of flowers. Floral wire comes in several gauges or thicknesses. Making a corsage with floral wire is relatively easy.

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Things you need

  • Roses
  • Baby's breath
  • Leather fern leaf
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Floral tape

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  1. 1

    Cut the stem of the roses to 3 inches. Cut four pieces of floral wire to 5 inches.

  2. 2

    Hold the rose in your non-dominant hand right below the flower at the junction of the ovaries to the petals. The ovaries bulge. It will become the rose hip filled with seeds. Stick the wire through the ovary and out the other side.

  3. 3

    Bend the wire down both sides of the stem away from the rose. Slightly twist the wires around the stem. The wire should be snug but not tight.

  4. 4

    Repeat the process with the other two roses.

  5. 5

    Wrap floral tape over the wire, twisting and stretching the tape around the stem as you go down.

  6. 6

    Bend two of the rose stems by bending their wired stems. Bend one slightly to the left and one slightly to the right. Hold all three roses in your hand. Place sprigs of baby's breath behind the straight rose and between the two bending roses. Put the leather fern leaf behind the flowers.

  7. 7

    Hold the mini-bouquet in your non-dominant hand. Wrap the fourth piece of wire around the stems of the wired roses, baby's breath and leather leaf.

  8. 8

    Wrap floral tape over the wire around the mini-bouquet.

Tips and warnings

  • Finish the corsage by attaching a bow if you like.

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