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How to Make a Wrist Corsage With an Elastic Band

By Julie Richards ; Updated September 21, 2017

Many occasions require flowers as part of the fashion attire from weddings to school dances. Choose to make a wrist corsage with an elastic band to accent the dress or keep hands free during the night. The choice to wear a wrist corsage instead of a standard pinned on version also keeps pin holes from damaging the outfit. Often people prefer not having pins on the flowers to avoid being stuck by the pin throughout the night.

Select a variety of flowers in the colors desired for the wrist corsage. Large flowers, like calla lilies or mums work well for a base when making the corsage. Roses make an elegant wrist corsage for occasions such as weddings or anniversaries.

Cut the leaf and flower stems to a length of 6 inches for the wrist corsage. Although you will not need this much of the stem, it makes working with the flowers easier.

Build the wrist corsage by laying the leaves flat on a table or other work surface. Create two separate flower groupings for the corsage. Lay the flowers on top of, but slightly lower than the top of the leaves.

Run a length of ribbon from the bottom of the flower stems to the flowers and back again to the stem bottom. Cut the ribbon. Add several more loops, if desired, to the flowers. The flowers stand on their own merit and the ribbon just adds a bit of color and interest. Do this to both flower groupings. Beads may be used instead of ribbons for added interest.

Wrap the flower and leaf stems with the floral tape, starting at the base of the flower stem and working towards the base. Completely cover the stems with the floral tape.

Cut the wrapped stems to a length of 3 inches. Wire the two sections of flowers together, with one running to the left and the other running to the right. Wire the bow to the middle with the floral wire and before cutting the wire, attach the entire floral arrangement to the elastic band. Cut the wire and tuck the end into the wrapped stems or wrap with more floral tape to protect the wrist from getting caught on the wire.


Things You Will Need

  • 3 cut flowers or silk flowers
  • Small flowers
  • 2 leaf sections (on stem)
  • Ribbon or lace
  • Stringed beads (optional)
  • Elastic band
  • Floral wire
  • Floral tape
  • Wire cutters
  • Bow


  • Refrigerate fresh flower wrist corsages until ready for use.
  • Create a flash by dotting clear drying glue onto the flowers and sprinkling with glitter. Remember to shake the corsage to dislodge loose glitter before wearing.

About the Author


Julie Richards is a freelance writer from Ohio. She has been writing poetry and short stories for over 30 years, and published a variety of e-books and articles on gardening, small business and farming. She is currently enrolled at Kent State University completing her bachelor's degree in English.