I know it’s kind of last minute – but you could still pull this one off.
There’s a lot of info on the web for how to make a corsage but I’m going to give you the short easy version. (The “short” part was a joke… you know me.)
First – I keep some things on hand
- several thicknesses (gauges) of wire
- green floral tape
- ribbon (narrow and sheer is good for this project)
- pearl embellishment sprays
- wire cutters
- sharp scissors
- pearl-tipped corsage pins
There are lots of uses for all of these items, but I keep a box of “floral supplies”. There’s more in my box, but this is what you’ll need for a little corsage. (By the way – a corsage is basically a boutonniere with a bow. File that little tidbit away…)
Rule number one is to “wire everything”. If you don’t wire all your flowers you won’t be able to manipulate them and if a stem breaks you’re out of luck. If your flower is wired, even if the head pops off it will stay in place.
Wrap the short stem and wire with floral tape – twist and pull the tape slightly with one hand while you twirl the flower in the other. You want the tape to seal in the moisture of the cut stem so your corsage should last a few days (if kept moist and cool when you’re not wearing it.)
Make a small loop bow with a narrow ribbon. I usually make a 7 or 9 loop bow. (I give a little bow tutorial here – leave out the step with the final loop in the middle for the “fake knot” – you can’t see it on a corsage.)
Make a couple of ribbon loops as well – Start with a tail, then make one loop and wrap some wire around the end. Then cover the end and wire with tape.
Add a couple of corsage pins to the back and you’re done!
You can buy corsage boxes at Hobby Lobby or a floral supply store, but if I’m not presenting the corsage as a purchased item to a customer, (or the corsage was a last minute idea and I don’t have a box on hand…) I just store it in a ziploc bag with a folded wet paper towel in the refrigerator. It might last a good week if you keep it in the fridge most of the time.
I made one for my mom, mother-in-law and grandma – one rose representing each child. To have more roses – build each as a single rose corsage and then tape them together – don’t make each section too large…a little less filler flower and a single ribbon loop except for one section that will get the bow (at the bottom).
This one is for my mom.
ALL of the flowers here were less than $20. Each corsage would run $15-25 each if you bought them at a grocery store floral department – and they probably wouldn’t look as nice! Using Lucy Ricardo logic I saved my husband about $100.
Now go make your momma (or yourself) some flowers – you can get everything you need at your local China-mart. You’ll be the envy of all the other kids at church. (Though that’s not our ultimate goal here… winning favor with MOM is the goal…)
Happy Mother’s Day!
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