How to Tie a Ribbon for Corsages

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How to Tie a Ribbon for Corsages
A corsage makes a pretty accent to a formal gown. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

The stars of corsages are the flowers, placed artfully and carefully together to create a beautiful floral piece. A floral designer often uses a piece of sheer ribbon, tied in a loopy bow, to complement the flowers of a corsage. Because the ribbon will nestle among the flower blooms, tying it is not difficult.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 3 feet of 1/2-inch-wide sheer organza ribbon
  • Scissors
  • 4-inch piece of 24-gauge floral wire
  • Wire cutters

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Create a 3-inch loop at one end of the ribbon length, allowing a 4-inch tail to extend down from the loop. Hold the loop tightly between your thumb and forefinger, pinching it. Make a second 3-inch loop immediately opposite the first loop and pinch the bases of both loops between your thumb and forefinger.

  2. 2

    Make another 3-inch loop to the left of the first loop and pinch the base of the loop. Create another 3-inch loop opposite this loop, pinching the base between your fingers. Make one more pair of 3-inch loops in the same fashion for a total of six loops.

  3. 3

    Create four 1 1/2-inch loops in the same fashion, making 10 loops altogether. Continue pinching the loops between your fingers firmly.

  4. 4

    Wrap the piece of floral wire around the centre area between the loops, twisting the wire around itself as tightly as you can. Twisting the wire around the centre of the loops brings the loops together so they resemble a bow. Leave the wires extending from the bow.

  5. 5

    Trim the ribbon tails to make them even with each other.

  6. 6

    Add the ribbon to a corsage using the extending wires. Twist the wires securely around the flowers and other floral wire of the corsage. Trim off any excess floral wire after securing the bow tightly.

Tips and warnings

  • By using sheer organza ribbon, you eliminate the need to twist the ribbon when making the loops because organza ribbon does not have right and wrong sides.

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