Homemade rose corsages save money and allow for creative color combinations and corsage shapes. Corsage brackets, purchased at craft stores, make for quick assembly and increase sturdiness. Assemble rose corsages just before the event to limit wilting in the roses. Choose an odd number of rose buds for the corsage, as this is more eye appealing. Store rose corsages in a cool location until wearing to prevent the petals from turning brown or drooping.
Select three or five rose stems with a flower bud just starting to open. Use all one color for an elegant look or multiple colors for a fun or creative look. Choose corsage fillers such as green leaves, baby's breath or fern stems to place behind the roses.
Cut the rose and filler stems to 3 inches in length and wrap green floral tape around each stem. This will increase the strength of the stem when securing the corsage to the holder.
Form the corsage by bundling the roses together with the green filler placed behind the buds. Place two rosebuds together with one placed slightly higher behind or three rose buds together with two slightly higher behind. Secure the rose and filler stems together with green floral tape, once you're happy with the placement.
Trim the excess stems from the corsage with a floral scissors so the stems bundle is less than 1 inch in length below the bottom flowers. Attach the rose bundle to a corsage holder by securing with a green floral holder. Bend the metal brackets on the corsage holder around the edge of the rose bundle to hold the flowers in place.
Create or buy a bow made from 1/4- or 1/2-inch-wide ribbon. Attach the bow to the lower section of the corsage with green floral tape to hide the remaining stems.