A flower wrist corsage is a simple project that can be completed in less than an hour. Making your own corsage allows you to customize each element to complement the tone of your special occasion and coordinate the corsage with your outfit. Choosing long lived flowers with substantial stems will keep your wrist corsage looking fresh longer and will be easier to work with.
Select one to three fresh flowers at their peak of bloom to make your corsage. The strong stems and large blooms of roses, orchids, gardenias and peonies are ideal.
Measure and trim your decorative ribbon so that it easily wraps around your wrist three times with long enough tail ends to tie into a bow or neat know according to your preference. Trim the tail ends of the ribbon neatly on the bias or in a "V" shape to give a professional finish.
Trim your flowers after purchase and place the stems in a vase of cool water to tepid water until you are ready to make your corsage. Assemble the corsage at the last possible moment to extend its life.
Take the flowers from the vase and blot the stems with a paper towel to dry. Trim the stems to a length of between 2 and 4 inches. Large blooms will hide longer stems if needed.
Wrap each individual stem in the stretchy and flexible green floral tape pulling the tape and twisting the stem as you wrap it. Start under the bloom working down and then back up to finish under the bloom trimming or twisting off the tape.
Arrange up to three flowers in a composition that is pleasing to you and sits relatively flat against your wrist. Wrap the stems together tightly in the floral tape while holding them in this composition.
Hold the taped flowers on the top of your wrist at the desired spot with the taped stems facing up towards your elbow.
Wrap the ribbon around your wrist and over the taped stems several times to conceal them finishing with a snug knot and or a bow to secure the flowers to your wrist. Trim the ends of the ribbon if they are too long for your liking.