DIY: How to make a Corsage
Flower Corsage Technique
are actually three boutonnieres you put
odd numbers for your flowers...you want one,
three, or five flowers in your corsage.
your flowers together and tape stem wrap around
the stems. Floral
tape or stem wrap comes in green and white. Now
add your baby's breath, gypsophilia, tiny forget
me nots or whatever filler
you have chosen. This should be placed sparingly
between the flowers. Now
place your corsage leaves over the stems below the
can now wrap it all together with floral
your stems if you need to. Add
your ribbon bow. Wrap
the stems in ribbon if you want. Put
a corsage pin into the stems to use later.
may need to use some wiring techniques to support
your flowers heads :
see more on wiring and taping techniques
more information on working with fresh flowers
Flower Corsage Technique:
Use wire cutters to shorten stems.
The wire stem of
the flower and green can usually be utilized instead of rewiring
and taping. If you need only one, two or three inches of stem, use
over it first and cut it to the desired length.
If you need the
stem to be longer, lighter or more pliable, cut the stem below the
flower to three or four inches and tape a floral wire over it.
Filler flowers and
greens can be added to each flower with hot glue. Filler flowers
can be babies breath, corsage rose leaves or any smaller flowers that
will accent the main flower in the corsage.
Single cluster corsage: Add
the filler and greens to the flower by wrapping the wire stems of
each around the flower. Always add the filler first to surround
the flower and the greens last to frame it in. Cut excess wire off
after wrapping around twice. This keeps the cluster from getting
three to five single clusters. Wrap the stem of one around the
next to form the corsage. A bow can be added at any point by wrapping
its wire onto a cluster.
Wiring preserved rose heads - Pierce Method
This is where the wire substitutes as the stem. The wires are inserted into the base of the flower, folded over to form a hairpin, and acts as an artificial stem. This method is great to use for corsages and boutonnieres Fresh flower corsages need to be used right away. You have no water source so they will start to wilt. To keep them fresh overnight place ia plastic bag (not tightly) and place in your refrigerator. With gardenias I have placed a wet paper towel in a ball in the plastic bag with them and they stay fresh looking for days.
RE: Preserved roseheads: This method of wiring is great for attaching preserved roseheads. See more info on wiring and taping stems.
Push the floral wire through the bottom of the flower. Where the stem would normally be.
Pull the end of the wire through the bottom of the flower again. You are making a wire hair pin.
Twist both wires together to make a wire stem.
pins and corsage leaves
do I pin a corsage on?
A corsage should gently bend over the collar bone. Do not pin to far down. The wearer should
be able to turn her head slightly and be able to smell the
If you are following the floral design
technique lessons continue with " How to make a boutonnière"