How to make a Corsage

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Well it’s almost Mother’s Day! The one day a year we get to honor mom, to show her how special she is and how much she means to us! What better way to do that than with flowers!

Today I’m going old school Mother’s Day and showing you how to make a corsage for your Mom or Grandmother. Of course this is the same corsage you would use for prom, weddings and yes even funerals.

How to Make a Corsage

Supplies:

  • Flowers: You will need 2-3 small-medium flowers, two small filler flowers and/or filler greenery, {I used two medium white Roses, one small green Chrysanthemum, one small hydrangea sprig, random filler sprigs and leaves}
  • Floral tape
  • 22-24 gauge floral wire
  • Wire cutters or heavy duty scissors
  • 1/4 inch ribbon
  • Flower preservative spray

Instructions:

Just like in my how-to Boutonniere post a corsage is basically a small bouquet, except they have a few more flowers and a bow.

**Please read my How to make a Boutonniere post for details on purchasing and prepping the flowers by trimming, wiring and taping them to strengthen the corsage before starting this project.**

Flowers for CorsageAfter you have prepped your flowers {trim, wire and tape them, again see Boutonniere post}, start by grouping your flowers cascading in a diamond shaped formation.

Group flowers for corsageStart with larger flowers on top and in middle. Tape them together to make a base. Add smaller flowers on either side of the large ones. Add your filler flowers and leaves to fill in the gaps.How to make a corsage bowMake a simple bow by looping a ribbon in and out of your fingers. {More more detailed info there are lots of tutorials on how to make a ribbon on the web}.

Add wire to center of bow and twist. Attach the bow with the wire in to the stem of your corsage and cover with tape.

Tape flowers on corsageHold tightly and tape all your stems together with floral tape. Stretch the tape as you go to activate the tacky bond.

Trim wire on corsageTrim the wires on the end of the corsage. Bend the wires under and tape them, so they will not snag the fabric the corsage will be pinned to.

Mist your flowers with water or a flower preservative spray if you like. There are lot’s of recipes for flower preservative on the internet. {FYI~ I just used water and everything was fine}.

Place the Corsage in a plastic container and place in the refrigerator overnight. Be careful not to mist the ribbon it may change the color or ruin the look of the fabric.

For best results and no drooping, pin your corsage to the fabric horizontally with a corsage pin, weaving in and out through the fabric and that’s it! So pretty and easy to make!Make a Corsage

Corsages and Boutonieers these days are made in so many not so conventional ways, from fruit to feathers! For some great examples see my Floral Board on Pinterest.

 XOXOKIMG

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