How to Make Corsages With Lilies

The dramatic colors and sizes of lily flowers make these blooms ideal as corsage flowers. Whether you choose to use lilies as the stars of the corsage or you decide to add other blossoms such as roses or carnations, the finished corsage will be striking. Even if you have little experience with flower arranging, you can make corsages with lilies, choosing flowers that coordinate with apparel or with the special event.

Things You'll Need

  • Asiatic or Oriental lily blossoms
  • Sweetheart roses or carnations
  • Ivy leaves or fern fronds
  • Pruning shears
  • Floral tape
  • Scissors
  • 3/8-inch-wide satin ribbon (color matching lilies)


    • 1

      Choose one lily blossom that is fully open and another blossom that remains closed. Use three small sweetheart roses or carnations to complement the lilies. Use either ivy leaves or fern fronds to add greenery to the corsage.

    • 2

      Cut the stems from each flower and leaf with the pruning shears, leaving the flower stems about 4 inches long and the greenery stems about 5 inches long.

    • 3

      Hold the unopened lily blossom by the stem and place the open lily blossom just below the unopened blossom, holding the stems together. Wrap floral tape tightly around the stems of the two lilies two or three times to connect them. Leave the floral tape connected.

    • 4

      Add the roses or carnations below the open lily blossom, holding the rose or carnation stems with the lily stems. Wrap the floral tape around all the stems tightly two or three more times.

    • 5

      Place the greenery behind the flowers so the leaves peek out above, below and to the sides. Wrap floral tape around the greenery stems to attach them to the flower stems. Continue wrapping the floral tape tightly down the stems until you reach the ends of the stems. Cut the floral tape off to leave a 2-inch tail, finish wrapping the tape and press the edge of the tape firmly to adhere it.

    • 6

      Wrap the ribbon around the stems over the floral tape to add more color to the corsage. Begin wrapping the ribbon at the ends of the stems. When you reach the point where the stems connect with the blossoms, cut off the ribbon to leave a 2-inch tail. Continue wrapping and tuck in the ribbon tail to finish.

Tips & Warnings

  • Use an odd number of blossoms to create a visually pleasing corsage.
  • Make the corsage the day before you need it, place it in a plastic container and hold it in the refrigerator to keep it chilled.
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