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How to Make a Fresh Flower Corsage
Making a fresh flower corsage isn’t that difficult (really) — as long as you have the proper supplies on hand.
Once you master the technique of corsage-making, it won’t take you too long to make more than one corsage or boutonniere at a time. Just make sure you have plenty of flowers on-hand to form the bulk of the corsage, keep in mind some buds might become damaged during the process and others might not work together because of their size or shape.
When selecting flowers for a corsage, look for buds with sturdy stem base — such as roses — that can withstand a lot of handling during the assembly process. You’ll also need some fillers- such as leaves or baby’s breath, and a few other smaller flowers to enhance the larger focal flower in your corsage.
1. Gather the flowers you’ll want for your corsage. Plan on having one large focal flower, and a several smaller flowers for accent. Although the size and quantity is up to your taste, flowers tend to look nicer when grouped in odd numbers, or groups of 3.
2. Cut off the bulk of the stem off with your clippers, leaving about a 2 inches total stem.
3. Cut several pieces of floral wire to 6 inches in length; you’ll need one piece of wire for each flower you intend to feature in the corsage.
4. Gently hold the flower in one hand, and push the wire through the center bulbous part of the flower base — where the stem connects to the petals— until the flower wire goes completely through the base. Center the flower on the wire, and bend the wire downward so that the wire wraps the stems on opposite sides. Repeat this process for each flower you want in the corsage.
5. Begin wrapping the floral tape around the stem, starting as close to the petals on the flower a possible, and twist the tape around the flower. Work the tape downward in a spiral until you reach the end of the stem. Cut off excess wire and floral tape with your clippers. Repeat this process for each flower you want in the corsage.
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6. Hold the floral flower in one hand, and gather together the smaller accent flowers and filler until you are pleased with the overall arrangement. Although the overall shape is a matter of taste, generally the larger focal flower is located near the bottom or middle of the entire corsage. Consider placing the filler leaves in the background, and place the larger focal flower in front.
7. Wrap the entire corsage together with more floral tape, going down in a spiral pattern. Depending upon the size of the flowers, it may be easier to tape the accent flowers together first and then tape them to the focal flower and filler. Trim off excess floral tape as necessary. Wrap the entire gathered stems together around a pencil to make a corkscrew like shape from the stem.
8. Wrap a thin-ribbon bow around the corsage in neutral color such as white, or a color that matches the flowers or the intended woman’s dress.
9. Position the large pin in the back of the corsage, and place the entire corsage into a cellophane bag.
10. Store the corsage in a refrigerator — away from fresh fruit that may release a flower withering gas — for as long as possible before presenting it to the special woman.
If your corsage doesn’t turn out exactly as planned don’t give up. You can always adjust the flower position or rewrap the corsage up until the corsage is pinned on the recipient.