A corsage is like a miniature flower bouquet that is worn on the wrist instead of carried. Wrist corsages are commonly worn for proms, by the mother-of-the-bride at a wedding or any special event when carrying a hand-held bouquet is burdensome. A homemade wrist corsage can be made very easily with a few floral supplies and costs a fraction of the price of a store-bought corsage.
Select two to three main flowers for your corsage. Some appropriate choices include: roses, lilies or orchids, according to the Virginia Tech Department of Horticulture. If cutting flowers fresh from a garden, cut early in the morning and choose flowers that have not opened up all the way.
Cut the stems of the flowers to about 2 inches in length. If not making the corsage right away, the flowers can be stored in a glass of water to keep fresh. Be sure to dry the stems before using if stored in water.
Hold the flowers together, arranging how you like. Wrap the stems of the flowers together with floral tape, wrapping ends of the stems also to cover.
Add filler flowers such as a small sprig of baby's breath or Queen Anne's lace. Place the filler flowers in front, slightly lower than the main flowers. Attach the filler flowers by wrapping additional tape around all the stems to form a small bouquet of flowers. If adding greenery, place behind the main flowers, slightly higher to frame the flowers. Use small ferns or stems with leaves.
Cut a piece of 1-inch satin ribbon to approximately 18 inches long. Turn the corsage over, tie the ribbon around the top of the stems and tie into a knot with the loose ends facing towards the back of the corsage.
Tie the corsage to the wrist using the loose ends of the ribbon. After tying to the wrist, trim any excess ribbon, being careful not to cut off too much in case the corsage needs to be re-tied later on.