How to Make a Corsage Using Live Roses

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Corsages incorporating live roses are elegant and simple to make. There are two types of corsages: wrist corsages and pin-on corsages. Wrist corsages are small bouquets that have a band attached to them so they can be worn on the wrist. Pin-on corsages are a small bouquet that is pinned on to a woman's blouse or purse with a straight pin. Pin-on corsages made with fresh roses require more time to make then wrist corsages because the roses need to be wired in order to avoid drooping. Both styles of rose corsages are popular for weddings and other special events.

Things You'll Need

  • Two ferns
  • Corsage wrist with metal base
  • Bow
  • Roses
  • Scissors
  • Flower glue
  • Floral wire
  • Wire cutters
  • Floral tape
  • Greenery
  • Filler flowers
  • Ribbon
  • Hot glue gun
  • Hot glue

Wrist Corsage

  • Attach ferns to the wristband metal base. Set one fern on each side of the base so the stems overlap in the center of the base. Pull the base's tabs over the ferns with pliers to secure them in place.

  • Center a bow between the ferns. Wrap the bows tails under the base and back up to the top of the base. Tail the tails together in a double knot to hold the bow to the base.

  • Prepare your roses. Cut the rose stems to 1 inch long with sharp scissors. Squeeze flower glue over the stem or a rose. Arrange the rose between the loops of the bow. Hold the stem on to the base or on fern stems for a few seconds to attach it. Repeat until all your roses are attached to the corsage.

Pin-on Corsage

  • Prepare your roses. Cut the rose stems to 1 to 2 inches long with sharp scissors.

  • Wire your roses. Cut two pieces of floral wire to 12 inches long for each rose with wire cutters. Pierce the rose head just above the base of the stem with a piece of floral wire. Push the wire all the way through the rose head. Pull downwards on the wire on both sides so the wire hangs parallel to the rose stem. Turn the rose head 90 degrees and repeat with the second wire. Wire the rest of your roses in the same way.

  • Wrap the rose's stems. Pull out a piece of floral tape from the roll. Gently tug on it so it becomes sticky. Wrap the roses stem and wires together with the floral tape. Wrap the tape at the base of the flower and work downward overlapping the tape a few centimeters with each wrap. Pull gently on the tape as you wrap. Continue to wrap the entire length of the wire to create a stable stem. Wrap the rest of the rose's stems and wire in the same fashion.

  • Make the base of the corsage. Cut the stems of the greenery and filler flowers to 6 inches long. Set the filler flowers over the greenery with the stems together. Wrap the stems together with floral tape. Tug on the tape gently as you wrap. Overlap the tape slightly as you wrap.

  • Add the roses to the base of the corsage. Lay the roses on top of the filler flowers and greenery. Arrange the roses in a manner that looks good to you. Wrap the rose stems to the stems of the filler flowers and greenery with floral tape. Tug on the tape gently as you wrap. Overlap the tape slightly as you wrap until all the stems are secured together.

  • Add a bow to the corsage. Wire the bow if it does not have a wire stem. Cut a piece of floral wire to 12 inches long with wire cutters. Tread one end of the wire through the back of the bow. Pull the end of the wire downwards to meet the other side of the wire below the bow. Twist the wires together. Set the bow just below the roses. Attach the bow by securing the wires below the bow to the stems in the corsage with floral tape.

  • Cut the corsage's stem to the length you wish with wire cutters. Wrap the cut end in floral tape to prevent wires from poking through. Wrap the corsage stem with decorative ribbon. Dab hot glue on the bottom of the stem and set one end of the ribbon into it. Wrap the ribbon upwards until the stem is covered. Dab hot glue onto the floral tape below the stems to secure the ribbon.

Tips & Warnings

  • Store the corsage. Coat the corsage lightly with flower sealant. Slide the corsage into a storage bag. Set the bag into the refrigerator close to the door so the corsage doesn't get too cold. Spray the corsage often with flower sealant to keep it fresh.

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