If you want to stand out in the sea of taffeta and tulle at your homecoming or prom then accessorise by making your own wrist corsage. You can fully customise your corsage to be as simple or as funky as you want. Most people at school dances are going to buy their corsages at a florist, where roses and orchids are most popular. Don't be ordinary when you can be extraordinary. Making your own wrist corsage is a simple way to show how individual you are.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
Things you need
- Floral or nonfloral focal piece
- Floral or nonfloral base
- Floral or nonfloral filler
- Corsage wristband with metal clip
- Needle-nose pliers
- Bow or feather puff
- Flower glue
- Sharp scissors or wire cutters
Pick out your focal piece. Choose fresh or faux flowers for a traditional look. Use roses, orchids, carnations, lilies or alstroemeria for a traditional corsage. Choose nontraditional flowers and non-flower focal points for unique corsages. Use mini sunflowers, mums, hydrangea, feather puffs, large ribbon bows, fabric bunches.
Pick out your base pieces and filler. Use greens like fern, hosta leaves or polycia leaves for a traditional base. Choose feather boa, large ribbon bow, fabric or tropical leaves as nontraditional bases. Chose a filler of baby's breath, alstroemeria, carnation, spray roses, feathers, fabric bunches or pearl strands.
Assemble the base of the corsage. Lay the base pieces with one on each side of the metal clip on the wristband. Pull the metal tabs over the base pieces with needle-nose pliers to secure them.
Add the centre to the corsage. Attach a bow or feather puff to the metal clip between the base pieces. Pull the tails of the bow around to the back of the metal clip. Crisscross the tails and pull them up to the top of the clip. Tie the tails tightly together to secure the bow in place. Glue a puff with flower glue in between the base pieces if you are using a puff instead of a bow.
Cut the stems of focal-piece flowers to 1 inch long with scissors or wire cutters. Add the focal piece by applying flower glue to its back and attaching it to the centre of the bow or feather puff.
Attach the filler to the corsage by applying flower glue to the back of the filler pieces and pressing them onto the corsage around the focal-point flower. Set filler between loops of ribbon for a traditional look.
Embellish the corsage by gluing decorative accents like buttons, pearls, rhinestones or feathers to the corsage with flower glue.
Tips and warnings
- Store a corsage made with fresh flowers in a plastic food-storage bag in the refrigerator. Spritz fresh-flower corsages often with flower sealant to keep them fresh.
- Use only flower glue for fresh-flower corsages because other types of glue will not hold fresh flowers.
- You can use hot glue when working with corsages made solely out of faux flowers and other nonliving materials.
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