A wrist corsage is only as old-fashioned as its design. To give yours a modern look, choose a flower that is "big and elegant," like a gardenia or a flat garden rose, and opting for a ribbon base over an elastic band.
TOOLS & SUPPLIES
18-gauge floral stem wire
1/2 inch-wide floral tape
A hearty rose, orchid, or gardenia
- Tightly wrap one wire in floral tape, gently pulling and stretching it as you go to help it stick to the metal.
- Bend the wrapped wire into a pretzel shape, creating two loops on top and two lengths on the bottom.
- Trim the lengths with the wire cutter so they both measure two inches. Wrap them together with floral tape.
- Thread ribbon through the pretzel's two open loops. This will be the corsage holder.
- Next, prepare your flower. Cut its stem to measure two inches long.
- With an unwrapped wire, pierce the base of a flower and thread it all the way through.
- Bend the wire in half so it frames either side of the flower stem.
- Cut the stem and wire to be equal in length, and then tape together.
- If you wish to slip in leaves, arrange them around the bud, and secure them with a wrapping of tape.
- Place the prepared flower on top of the corsage holder, lining up the lengths of wrapped wire and tapping them together.
- Tie it onto the wrist and trim ribbon.