Friday, May 8, 2009

Just in time for prom - Corsage or Boutonneire Tutorial

Around $23.00. That's what a simple wrist corsage with two roses, some greenery, and a bow goes for at a local florist. Save yourself some money and make it yourself. A bunch of roses and baby's breath should cost around $10.

Besides that, you'll need: A bow (another tutorial for another day), scissors, needlenose pliers, wire cutters, chenille stems or floral wire, florist tape, silk leaves, corsage pins, and a wristlet (if desired - and all the high school girls desire them. No one wants to pin one to their dress anymore.) Almost all of the stuff is available at Walmart - although I have to buy the wristlet's at a local ribbon outlet.


Begin by cutting your flower with about a 1 inch stem. Remove any ugly outer petals and sepals if you wish.

Poke a three inch long wire or chenille stem up into the hypanthiam (base of the flower) - you can just poke it in, or thread it through, it will depend on your wire and your flower.

Then begin to wrap a piece (about 10 inches long) of floral tape around the base of the flower, as close to the petals as possible, completely covering the wire.

**The trick is to twist the flower with one hand, while pulling the tape to stretch it (without breaking it) in the other. It gets sticky and will adhere to the stem as you stretch and pull it in a diagonal direction twisting it down the stem.**
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When you have the top covered, then attach a silk leaf with the tape, and add some greenery before taping down the entire stem.

Continue to cover all stems and the entire wire with the floral tape.
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When you get to the end of the wire, tape back up the stem for a half inch or an inch then pull the tape to break it off and press down the end.


To finish a Boutonniere, take the end of the wire in your pliers and curl it up.


Add a pin and your boutonneire is finished.

To make a corsage, simply make several of these (without the curled bottom), then tape them together, (or onto a wristlet), adding a bow on the bottom or in the center.
Also keep in mind the size of the girl you are making it for. Young girls don't want huge corsages on their tiny wrists. Guys don't want bows and giant flowers on their lapels either - keep it small and tasteful.
The entire process is the same if you're using silk flowers.
You can often purchase corsage boxes from your local florist. I bought a box of clear bags, and some opalescent easter grass for a professional presentation.
Place your flowers in a box or bag, spritz them with water, and store them in the fridge. I usually don't make fresh flower corsages until the day of an event to ensure freshness.
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14 comments:

Kristina P. said...

You make it look so easy! Believe you me, mine wouldn't look half as beautiful as yours.

Jenn said...

I agree. You make it look so easy. I don't know if I could do them. They're really pretty

Are You Serious! said...

♥ That looks great! You did a beautiful job! :)

Janna said...

Lovely!!! I really wish we lived closer together, we seem to be making the same things and doing crafty things. I just bought 20 yard of turquoise tulle and fabric to make Whitney a prom dress.... want to come help me get it done before next week ?

Lynne's Somewhat Invented Life said...

Fabulous! We want to teach this in a mini class before the next big dance at the local high school. I am going to bookmark this post so I can learn how. Once again, WHAT DON'T YOU DO? Amazing. You are simply amazing.

Sink said...

Excellent, clear instructionss and pictures. I think I can do this...

J-ME said...

You are so SUPER talented!! You make it seem so easy! I love seeing all of your projects! I think your Belle dress is gorgeous!

Sue said...

good for you!
what a great idea. You really are super talented.

michelle said...

You seriously need to be on a TV show showing the viewers how to do all of these fun things! You are amazing! I love this tutorial!

How have you been? I haven't seen you in ages!

Jaina said...

That's incredible! I'm going to have to try this out. Thanks for such a great tutorial!

RhondaLue said...

Awww man, I stumbled upon this too late! We were in a mad dash last Saturday trying to find a bouteniere (or however the heck you spell it) at the last minute. Oh well, NOW I KNOW!

p.s. are you the sister I met at Maria's Twilight party?

KATE said...

Love your tutorial! My sister is a florist, and I had to help do MANY weddings when I was younger. It was a fabulous skill to have learned!!

Jen said...

WOW!!! Once again, is there anything you can not do!?!?! You are one amazing lady!

tanu sharma said...

THANKS FOR THE LOVELY COMMENTS! I AM GLAD YOU LIKE THE POST ASWELL! MORE TO COME!
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