Instructions for Making Wrist Corsages

Overview

Wrist corsages are a lovely way to give flowers for events such as weddings, proms, dances and formal dinners. The corsages are lightweight, won't get crushed when dancing, and are less expensive than a bouquet. Another advantage of a corsage over a bouquet is that the wearer's hands are free. Wrist corsages take only a few flowers, supplies and a bit of time to make. Coordinating the colors with the wearer's outfit is a nice touch. However, white is always appropriate since it will match most any outfit.

Step 1

Cut 1/2 inch off the stems of the flowers and greenery at a 45-degree angle. Place in ice water for at least an hour. This hydrates the flowers and the corsage will last longer.

Step 2

Remove the flowers from the ice water and cut the stems to 3 inches.

Step 3

Cut two 4-inch lengths of floral wire. Pierce the calyx of the rose, the bulging green part of the stem right underneath the rose bud itself, with the wire and twist the wire down both sides of the stem. Do the same with the other length of wire on the opposite side of the first, so the rose is wired at noon, 3 o'clock, 6 o'clock and 9 o'clock. Wire the other rose buds.

Step 4

Wrap each rose bud with floral tape starting right underneath the bud and down the stem, over the wire, twisting and stretching the tape as you go.

Step 5

Wrap three mini-carnations together with floral tape. And then wrap two mini-carnations together with floral tape.

Step 6

Place the three rose buds, the two groups of mini-carnations and the baby's breath on a few sprigs of the greenery to make a tiny bouquet. Wrap all the stems together with floral wire and then with floral tape.

Step 7

Cut a length of elastic slightly less than the circumference of the wrist. Sew the ends of the elastic together.

Step 8

Attach the tiny bouquet to the elastic with floral wire and then cover the wire with floral tape. Attach the bow over the attachment with a bit more wire hiding it under the loops of the bow.

Tips and Warnings

  • The elastic should be snug so the wrist corsage stays put, but not tight. Too tight and the corsage becomes uncomfortable.

Things You'll Need

  • Roses buds, 3
  • Mini-carnations, 5
  • Baby's breath, 2 or 3 sprigs
  • Small leaved greenery
  • Floral tape
  • Floral wire
  • Satin bow
  • Scissors
  • Wire cutters
  • Elastic, 1/2 inch wide
  • Needle and thread

References

  • "Quick and Easy Flower Design: More Than 125 Color-Based Recipes for Everday Bouquets;" Jessica Wrobel; 2005
  • "Creative Wedding Florals You Can Make;" Terry Rye; 2000

Who Can Help

  • How to arrange flowers
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