DIY Corsages for Weddings and Proms!

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To kick off the spring season, I wanted to show you how easy it is to make your own corsages for proms, weddings, and regular days when you want to walk around with flowers on your wrist. Why spend money on baby's breath-covered pieces of velcro at the local florist when you could customize your own corsage for a few dollars and an hour of your time? If you are like me and happen to already have floral wire and floral tape from hours spent failing at making paper flowers, then you already own most of the supplies!

You'll need:

  • A main flower or two to star in your homemade arm candy
  • A few smaller filler flowers or leaves or branches
  • Floral wire
  • Floral tape
  • A corsage pin
  • A silky ribbon
  • Enough elastic to go around a wrist
  • Your trusty glue gun

Snip each large flower, so that you have a little under an inch of stem to work with.

Cut the elastic so that it goes around the desired wrist with an inch of overlap.

Take your floral wire and wrap it around the stem to reinforce it. For extra reinforment, I also stabbed a corsage pin where the stem begins, so that it runs down the length of the stem. (Yes, flowers were harmed in the making of this post.)

Then wrap the stem and wire in the floral tape, wrapping tightly. It helps to press the tape as you go, because floral tape sticks to itself, but nothing else.

Your small filler flowers and leaves do not need to be reinforced with wire. Collect them next to the main wrapped flower and wrap them all as a bunch with the floral tape.

Wrap a six-inch piece of floral wire with the floral tape and then twist into a pretzel-y shape as seen below.

This is going to be how you'll secure the corsage to the elastic. Wrap this pretzel against the floral bundle with floral tape, so it's all one big bundle, as seen below.

Thread the elastic through the loops you've made.

Fire up the glue gun and glue together the elastic so it makes a complete loop that is a tight fit around your wrist. Make sure it's not so tight that it gets stuck on your wrist and someone has to cut you out of this. Or so tight that you are able to wriggle out, but not without reddening your wrists, leaving your coworkers to wonder on Monday what you really did this weekend.

Then I tied a big silk ribbon over the whole thing, so the bow is on the inner wrist. A small dot of glue between the elastic and silk ribbon in the front will suffice to keep the unsightly elastic hidden.

And voila! There you have it, folks: a unique wrist corsage to ring in the spring season!

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