A corsage is a traditional pin decoration made of fresh flowers and foliage. According to "Elegance in Bloom," corsages usually consist of three to five flower heads or boutonnières along with added greenery. There is little distinction between an over-the-shoulder corsage and a traditional corsage. They can be worn anywhere on the breast, collar and shoulder.
Cut a piece of floral wire to a manageable length with your sheers. Bend a hook end in the floral wire about 1 1/2 inches from one end of the wire. Bend it onto itself until it forms a u-shaped hook.
Insert the end of the wire that is not bent into the calyx of the flower. This is the centre of the bloom. Slip it through the flower until it comes out the end of the stem and the hook is inside the bloom and not visible.
Wrap floral tape around both the flower stem and wire to secure it. The hook you left in the middle will help secure the wire inside the flower. Repeat this with any other flowers you will use.
Twist all other flower's wire stems around the stem of the flower that you want to use as the centrepiece of the corsage. As you attach the flowers remember that you will have a front and a back to the corsage. All the flowers must face the same direction and the stems will be taped beneath them so they will not be seen.
Tape a wire to the stem of the leaf or leaves (if you are using greenery) with floral tape. If you have leaves without stems, thread a piece of floral wire through the base of the leaf and tape it to create a stem of tape and wire.
Fan the leaves behind the flowers. Gather the stems to the base wire so that you have one thick handle of stems and wires. Wrap the entire handle of the corsage with floral tape. Do not let any plant stem escape this last wrapping.
Cut the end of the stem. Add two decorative pins at the base of the corsage where the tape stem begins. The pins will be used to attach the corsage to the shoulder.
Things you need
- Leaves and greenery
- Floral wire, 16 gauge
- Floral tape
- Wire cutting sheers
- Fabric pins