Lockridge is an avid reader who enjoys learning about beautiful garden plants. Among other things, she has worked with a florist.
How to Make a Flower Corsage
Making a fresh flower corsage isn’t that difficult (really)—as long as you have the proper supplies on hand.
Once you master the technique of corsage-making, it won’t take you too long to make more than one corsage or boutonniere at a time. Just make sure you have plenty of flowers on-hand to form the bulk of the corsage, keep in mind some buds might become damaged during the process and others might not work together because of their size or shape. Have fun making these delightful creations!
What You’ll Need
- Floral tape
- Floral filler
- Cellophane bag
- Gather the flowers you want to use. Plan on having one large focal flower, and several smaller flowers for accent. Although the size and quantity are up to your preferences, corsages tend to look nicer with flowers grouped in odd numbers or groups of three.
- Cut off the bulk of the stem off with your clippers, leaving about a 2" stem.
- Cut several pieces of floral wire to 6" in length. You’ll need one piece of wire for each flower you intend to feature in the corsage.
- Gently hold the flower in one hand, and push the wire through the center bulbous part of the flower base—where the stem connects to the petals—until the flower wire goes completely through the base. Center the flower on the wire, and bend the wire down so that the wire wraps the stems on opposite sides. Repeat this process for each flower you want in the corsage.
- Begin wrapping the floral tape around the stem, starting as close to the petals on the flower a possible, and twist the tape around the flower. Work the tape downward in a spiral until you reach the end of the stem. Cut off excess wire and floral tape with your clippers. Repeat this process for each flower you want in the corsage.
- Hold the floral flower in one hand, and gather together the smaller accent flowers and filler until you are pleased with the overall arrangement. Although the overall shape is a matter of taste, generally the larger focal flower is located near the bottom or middle of the entire corsage. Consider placing the filler leaves in the background, and place the larger focal flower in front.
- Wrap the entire corsage together with more floral tape, going down in a spiral pattern. Depending upon the size of the flowers, it may be easier to tape the accent flowers together first and then tape them to the focal flower and filler. Trim off the excess floral tape as necessary. Wrap the entire gathered stems together around a pencil to make a corkscrew-like shape from the stem.
- Wrap a thin-ribbon bow around the corsage in a neutral color such as white or a color that matches the flowers or the woman’s dress.
- Position the large pin in the back of the corsage, and place the entire corsage in a cellophane bag.
- Store the corsage in a refrigerator for as long as possible before presenting it to the special woman. Keep it away from fresh fruit, as they release a gas that withers flowers!
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- If your corsage doesn’t turn out exactly as planned, don’t give up. You can always adjust the flower position or rewrap the corsage up until it's is pinned on the recipient.
- When selecting flowers for a corsage, look for buds with sturdy stem base—such as roses—that can withstand a lot of handling during the assembly process. You’ll also need some fillers such as leaves or baby’s breath, along with a few other smaller flowers to enhance the larger focal flower in your corsage.
Watch How to Make a Corsage
Questions & Answers
Question: What is your favorite flower for a corsage?
Answer: I enjoy creating corsages with roses. They tend to have strong, sturdy stems, come in a variety of sizes and colors, and are available everywhere and throughout the year.
Diane Lockridge (author) from Atlanta, GA on November 13, 2011:
The technique is virtually the same for a boutineer too. I actually work with a florist often and can crank out the boutineers quite quickly if all the elements cooperate with me.
Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on November 06, 2011:
Thanks Dianna, I will keep this in mind. I love working with flowers and never considered making a corsage. There are lots of possibilities . Up and awesome.