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How to make a pretty corsage at home

By Spalding Today Columnist

The team from Flowers 'n' Things in Red Lion Street, Spalding, show us how to get crafty in time for prom

July marks the end of the school year, and for many that also means the start of prom season! As with many formal events, there are traditions associated with prom – one of which is the wearing of a corsage, usually gifted by a prom date.

Choose your flowers and colours carefully for your corsage to match what you are wearing. (12978725)
Choose your flowers and colours carefully for your corsage to match what you are wearing. (12978725)

So, given how thoughtful a handmade gift is, we thought we’d show you how to wire your own simple corsage!

The base of your corsage will need to be a sturdy bracelet or cuff. You’ll also need some florist wire, florist tape, a couple of sprigs of greenery and one or two flowers. When picking your flowers, try to think about what will match the dress of the person who will be wearing it.

Gather together all the items you will need to make the corsage. (12978731)
Gather together all the items you will need to make the corsage. (12978731)

The first thing to do is to wire each flower (including your greenery) separately.

Take a length of florist wire, and try to find a good (but hidden) anchor point for your wire.

Around the base of a petal/leaf or the top of the stem is a great place. You’re going to wrap the wire around this point, so you don’t need to pierce the flower at all. Place the anchor point in the centre of your florist wire and bend the wire so it folds in half around it. You then twist the wire together so it clasps the anchor point and gives you a long ‘stem’ to help arrange your flowers.

The finished corsage. (12978722)
The finished corsage. (12978722)

Once you’ve wired each flower, then you need to arrange them how you’d like them to sit on the bracelet, and pull all the wires to sit together. So you’re not contending with lots of wires, use your florists tape to wrap around all the wires and create one 'stem' to fix it to the bracelet with; if you’ve bought a corsage-specific base, there may be a fixture to allow you to tie your arrangement to it as well. When this is done, keep it in a nice cool space until you can gift it to the wearer!


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