A hand corsage is appropriate for every type of occasion--from small gatherings such as coffee mornings to large-scale wedding receptions, and everything in between. It can dress up any ensemble, making it appear more elegant and stylish. It is basically a mini bouquet that is attached to the wrist with an elastic band or wide ribbon, allowing your hands to be free while decorating them naturally. Making one yourself will not only save up on florists costs, but you can add embellishments of your choice such as beads or pearls in a wire, or glitter.
Decide the colors of your corsage so you can purchase flowers accordingly. Purchase two medium-sized flower heads that complement your dress and will be the focal point of the corsage, two stems of foliage such as baby's breath or ferns and four small flower buds in neutral colors.
Hold both the main flower heads in your hand and cut their stems down to 2 inches. Do the same with the foliage stems and the stems of the flower buds.
Hold one flower head and place the other one diagonally over it so both their blooms face opposite directions. Make sure the point where they overlap one another is at least an inch below the blooms. Take a piece of floral tape and wind it around the point so both stems are held together securely.
Add one of the flower buds lower than both the flower blooms so any stems that are visible are covered. Join it with floral tape. Add the other buds around them, and join all the stems with tape.
Hold the arrangement high and trim any excess stem length with a sharp pair of scissors.
Hold the foliage around the flower arrangement so it is completely surrounded in greenery. This will frame the corsage, give it a fuller look and provide a dark background for the colorful flowers to stand out. Join them with floral tape, and trim excess stems length off.
Decide how you want to wear your hand corsage. You can tie it around your wrist with an elastic band or 10 inches of wide ribbon that you will knot into a bow underneath.
Wind elastic band around your wrist, allowing for ½-inch overlap, and cut the end off with a sharp pair of scissors. Join both ends together and stitch them so the band forms a circle.
Place the flower arrangement on top, ensuring no portion of the band underneath is visible, and sew over the stems and floral tape to attach them together.