Make Your Own Flowers for Prom
Start with the Colors
I enjoy making flower arrangements. I have made flowers for a handful of weddings, and for the all the dances my oldest son has attended. It saves money and is a lot of fun.
If you think you cannot do it because you don't have talent with flowers, you are wrong. It's pretty easy to make the small arrangements you need for a dance or prom. I am going to show you how easy!
The way to begin making a boutonniere and corsage for prom is to determine the flower color. What color is the dress the girl will be wearing? That will determine everything. My son's girlfriend sent me a picture of the dress, but that didn't help because you need a better match than what you can see on the phone. I ended up choosing flowers that were too blue, and had to start the shopping all over. She ended up sending me an article of clothing she had that exactly matched the dress. So, either cut a small swatch from inside the dress or find another item that matches it.
The dress is more blue green than I had realized. The shirt gave me a better chance of finding the color of flower I needed. As you can see below I found an accent flower and ribbon that were the perfect fit.
What Flowers to Use for the Corsage
So the first step was to choose the color. Normally I would find a flower that would act as the center of the corsage, but I couldn't find a flower large enough in a matching color to act as the center. I found an accent flower and ribbon to be the color of the corsage. The center of the corsage will be white. Your color can be the center flowers or the accents. It doesn't matter as long as you have the color in the piece somewhere.
The second step is to decide which flowers you want to use. I usually go down the aisles of flowers in the craft store, and use what jumps out at me. I typically use roses, but you can use anything. I chose Japanese cherry blossoms and roses for this corsage.
Try to use one flower as your center, then choose others to accent. I'm using white cherry blossoms, white roses, and blue green buds.
Flowers for the Boutonniere
The boutonniere is a little easier. All you need is a single closed rose and accents which I will use from the corsage. I try to make sure the two flower pieces will match one another. You want some similarity between the corsage and boutonniere, just like the bow tie and cummerbund will match the lady's dress.
The color of the rose of the boutonniere needs to match the center flowers in the corsage. We have white center flowers in the corsage for this dance, so I made his rose white also. Of course he will also have the blue green color in the boutonniere because as I mentioned before, I will use accents from the corsage.
Tools and Other Items Needed for Making the Flowers
-glue gun with extra glue sticks
Other items to make the flowers:
-green floral tape
-twist ties from bread bag
-large pin with a pearl top
Make the Boutonniere
We will start with the boutonniere because it is simpler. Using the wire cutters, cut a few strands of the blue green buds off of the bunch. Use the wire cutters to also cut the rose off of it's long stem. Keep about 1 - 1 1/2" of the stem on the rose. You will need those inches on the stem to attach it to the lapel of the tuxedo. Also, use the wire cutters to cut some leaves off the flower stem. You need two leaves as the base for the boutonniere.
Cut about 16" of ribbon off the roll. Hold one end of the ribbon with your thumb, then loop it back and forth between the top of your thumb and the bottom of your thumb until you have a bow. Next, tie it with a bread twist tie.
After plugging in the glue gun and waiting for it to heat up, take the rose stem and glue it to the two leaf stem you cut earlier. Take a strand of flower buds and glue them just underneath the rose, so they will extend up onto the rose. Glue the bow underneath the flower buds. Finally take the floral tape, and starting at the end of the stems, wrap it around the stems and the twist tie of the bow going upward until it's all concealed by the tape. Wind extra tape along the base of the rose where the pin will go. It makes it easier to place on the lapel if there is a thick base of tape for the pin to go through.
It may take some time to get it right. Don't rush. Do it step by step. Even after all the years I have been doing this, I sometimes have to pull off the glued flowers and try again.
TIP: Place the flowers, leaves, and ribbon around the rose first before you glue it, to get an idea of where to glue and how it will look. Try different ways of arranging them around until you get the look you desire.
Video on Making Bows for the Arrangement
Make the Wrist Coursage
Cut about a 2-3" rectangle out of the shoe box top or other cardboard you have available. Then cut the four corners off the rectangle making an octagon. Take the elastic and fit it around your wrist for a snug fit and cut where needed. Attach the elastic to the cardboard by gluing it. Make sure you glue it in the right direction. You want the long side of the cardboard to be horizontal to your wrist.
Now use the wire cutters to cut off your center and accent flowers from the long stems. Make about three or four bows like you did for the boutonniere. And cut off some leaves as you did before also. You will need three to four, multi-leaved stems.
After the glue on the elastic has dried, start gluing your center flowers to the board on the opposite side of where the elastic is. Make sure you are placing your flowers in the center and then branch outward leaving spaces for the accents. I ended up ripping off my center flowers (as shown in middle right photo) because I didn't like how they sat on the cardboard.
Continue to glue flowers on with some longer stems jutting outward off the cardboard. Make sure the color is dispersed. You don't want all white bunched together or all the blue green together. Let the color weave in and out of the white. The ribbon will add color too, so start adding bows here and there also. I typically place the ribbon in spots that seem sparse.
Take the leaf stems and glue in place at corners of arrangement or where they seem to slightly jut out of the base of the flowers.
Remember, the corsage is more difficult to arrange. Don't get upset if your arrangement doesn't look right the first try. You can always pull everything or some of it off and re-glue. Hot glue comes off pretty easily after it dries.
TIP: Place the flowers on the cardboard before gluing to get an idea of where you want them, and what will look good next to each other.
Compare the Two Pieces
I sat my two pieces next to one another, and decided the boutonniere needed a little more something to match the corsage. I glued one cherry blossom to it and wrapped more floral tape around it to hide the new glue. Overall, I think they they look great together. They look like they go together. That is the whole point. We want the two to match.
Give My Flowers a Grade
What do you think of my flowers?
Professionally arranged flowers can cost ten to fifteen dollars per piece or more. I bought four stems of flowers and a roll of ribbon which were about two dollars each, but I got them on sale for less than that price. The floral tape is inexpensive, about 99 cents and can be used for multiple uses. I have the same roll for five different projects I did, and still have plenty left.
So, I spent less than $10 for both pieces, and they will last forever. I had fun doing it, and it gave me the time to pray for my son and his girlfriend while I made the flowers. I prayed they would have fun and behave at prom, keeping pure.
My son appreciates that I did something for him, and will remember it his whole life. His girlfriend gave me nothing but praises for the gesture. Everyone wins!