Making Wrist Corsages for a Prom

Overview

The high school prom is a lovely tradition. It gives adolescents a chance to dress up, behave graciously and feel a bit glamorous. The wrist corsage is a staple of these special occasions. It is uncomplicated to bestow and easy to wear. Making one that fits in with the season--and gels with the design of the dress--takes only a bit of planning and a few supplies.

Step 1

Purchase a spectacular bloom or several large focal flowers that complement the lady's dress and an odd number of smaller accent blooms with more subdued coloring. Look for long-lasting, perfectly-formed flowers. Buy enough foliage or floral filler to fill out and frame the tiny arrangement. Spread newspaper on a table and assemble materials within easy reach.

Step 2

Snip flower stems about a half inch from the base of the flower and insert a 3- or 4-inch length of florists wire or stem wire up the stem into the base of the flower. Wrap the base of the flower with green floral tape (it's tacky and sticks to itself) and wrap tightly down the stem along the wire. Repeat with other focal and accent flowers. Add stem wires to any leaves, feathers or filler flowers like waxflowers that might need added length or strengthening.

Step 3

Place focal flowers like roses or camellias flat on the newspaper in a diagonal or S-curve so they will rest across the wrist. Single blooms like orchids, anthuriums or calla lilies may sit straight along the wrist. Lay a few accent blooms on the side of the focal blooms that will be "up" or inside the arm and a few more on the side toward the fingers or outside of the arm. When placed on the wrist, flowers should fall to either side, covering the band, so place blooms so they fit together flat instead of as a three-dimensional bouquet.

Step 4

Take the topmost focal plant and wind floral tape around the base of the bloom. Wind it down the "stem", laying in and taping in stems as you go until you duplicate the layout design.

Step 5

Add filler like baby's breath, statice, feathers, fern or grassy barker's bush to fill gaps in the composition by snipping stems to either stick into the existing gathered base or by anchoring them in dabs of floral glue. Use stem ends or glue to add leaves, bunched nylon net or ribbon to the back of the corsage to finish.

Step 6

Lay the finished corsage on the metal clip that is attached to the elastic wrist band and fold two little tabs on one side around stems at the top of the arrangement to orient it on the band. Trim the bottom of the stem and fold the last two tabs in to hold the corsage firmly in place. If necessary, mask the clip with some foliage or filler by tucking it between the stem and the clip. Hold the finished corsage in a container in the fridge.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid plants like juniper that may irritate skin or provoke an allergic reaction. Do not use a glue gun to add organic materials--hot glue will wither flowers.

Things You'll Need

  • Main focal flowers
  • Accent flowers
  • Filler flowers or foliage
  • Ribbon or nylon netting
  • Florists tape
  • Floral wire
  • Florists glue or "tacky" craft glue
  • Corsage clip and elastic band
  • Floral scissors

References

  • USA Flowers: Gallery of Wrist Corsages
  • New Zealand HortNet: Cut Flowers and Foliage

Who Can Help

  • The Wrist Corsage: Methods and Materials
Keywords: wrist corsage, school prom, special occasion flowers, high school

About this Author

Chicago native Laura Reynolds has been writing for 40 years. She attended American University (D.C.), Northern Illinois University and University of Illinois Chicago and has a B.S. in communications (theater). Originally a secondary school communications and history teacher, she's written one book and edited several others. She has 30 years of experience as a local official, including service as a municipal judge.