How to Make a Wrist Corsage in Ten Minutes

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Wrist corsages are worn by women during special occasions.
Wrist corsages are worn by women during special occasions. (Image: George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Wrist corsages are small arrangements of flowers worn on a woman's wrist. Corsages are worn during special occasions such as a wedding, dance or party. Each wrist corsage contains a ribbon or elastic loop that slips over the hand and rests around the wrist, holding the piece in place. Wrist corsages can contain spray roses, carnations and orchids as the main flowers. Greenery and filler flowers are added around the main flowers to fill out the arrangement.

Things You'll Need

  • Corsage wristlet
  • Greenery stems
  • Pruning shears
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • 1-inch wired ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Filler flowers
  • Floral adhesive
  • 3 to 5 spray roses or carnations

Lay a corsage wristlet, face up, on a flat work surface. Cut a few stems of greenery to 3 or 4 inches in length with a pair of pruning shears. Gather the greenery stems into two separate bunches. Lay the first greenery bunch on top of the left side of the wristlet tab. Position the stems so their bottoms are on top of the tab with their tips protruding outward to the left. Use a pair of needle-nose pliers to bend the prongs on the left side of the tab over the stems to secure them in place. Repeat this with the second greenery bunch on the right side of the wristlet tab.

Cut a 30-inch length of 1-inch wide wired ribbon. Choose a color of ribbon that complements the colors of the main flowers. Make a 2-inch loop in the ribbon, 3 inches from one end. Fold the ribbon back and forth to make five additional loops, each 2-inches long. Make a half twist in the ribbon after each loop to keep the right side of the ribbon facing outward.

Wrap a piece of floral wire around the center of the loops. Twist the ends of the wire together tightly near the back of the ribbon loops to keep them from unraveling. Cut the excess wire ends off with a pair of wire cutters. Bend the tips of the wire ends around and up into the ribbon.

Cut a piece of ribbon 10 to 12 inches in length. Lay the bow on top of the wristlet, in the center of the greenery. Adjust the bow until it is in the desired position. Lay the center of the 10-inch ribbon length over the center of the bow. Wrap the ends of the ribbon around behind the wristlet tab and back up over the center of the bow. Tie the ends together in a knot near the center of the bow.

Trim the ribbon ends to the desired length. Fold each of the ribbon tails in half and cut them at an angle with a pair of scissors to dovetail their ends. Tug gently on the loops of ribbon to spread them out and fluff the bow.

Cut a few stems of filler flowers to 3 inches in length. Add a drop of floral adhesive to the base of each stem. Set the stems aside to allow the glue to begin setting. Cut the stems of three to five spray roses or carnations to 1/2-inch in length. Add glue to the base of each flower's stem and set them aside as well.

Stick the stems of filler flowers between the loops of the bows. Adjust the filler flowers so they are near the greenery background. Press the stems in place and hold for 30 seconds or more until the glue dries.

Tuck the stems of the spray roses or carnations into the center of the bow between the loops. Position the flowers evenly over the surface of the corsage. Hold each stem in place, pressing it to the corsage until the glue dries. Add additional stems of filler flower to fill in any gaps.

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