How to make a corsage and matching boutonniere

When you are invited to a formal function like an important dance or wedding, it’s quite common to wear such accessories as a corsage (for the ladies) or a boutonniere (for the gents).  There is nothing more beautiful than being able to top off your stunning outfit with flowers!  Now, it is important to remember that corsages and boutonnieres are quite easy to make if you have the time.  If, however, you need to order a large quantity, you will probably need to get your local florist involved.  If, however, you are only planning on making one for yourself and your partner, then you can buy the fresh flowers from your florist and assemble them the night before the big day.


How to make a wrist corsage

– Take care when selecting your flowers.  The colours you choose should suit the event.  They should also compliment the colour and style of the dress you’re wearing. For example, if you want a corsage that will stand out, you should choose a colour that contrasts with that of the dress.  So, if you wear a yellow dress, you can make a purple corsage with just a touch of yellow in between.

– You should also use multiples of three in a corsage.  So, no matter the flowers you choose, you should always stick to this rule.

– After choosing your flowers, you should trim all of the stems so that they are the same length.  It is best to cut them too long in the beginning.  Once you are finished with your design, you can always trim them further.

– Use floral wire to make a hairpin shape for each flower.  Insert one wire into the base of each flower’s stem.  Pull the wire through so that there are two equal pieces of wire sticking out the stem.  Take care when doing this and don’t be in a hurry.

– Wrap floral tape around each of the flower stems.

– Add some foliage to your corsage in the form of a green leaf.  You don’t need to pierce the greenery with wire, you can simply add a leaf to each flower.

– Put all of your flowers together and twist the stems together before securing with floral tape.

– Attach the flowers to a corsage holder (you can find these at your local florist).

– You can add extra flowers with glue if you wish.


How to make a boutonniere:

– When making your boutonniere, you will need to use the same flower or flowers as you did for your corsage.  So, if you used pink roses and white carnations in your corsage, then you could use a pink rose and some small white flowers like baby’s breathe for your boutonniere.  This will ensure that the colour scheme is maintained.

– Cut the flower stems and make sure that they are approximately three inches in length.

– Add a small amount of greenery like a leaf to the back of the main flower.  The greenery will act as a kind of base or background.

– Wrap all of the stems together with floral tape and, if you like, you can decorate with a ribbon.

– Boutonnieres can be secured in place using a simple pin.


So, the next time you are set to attend a formal event or you know somebody in need of a corsage and matching boutonniere, you can put it together yourself for that personal touch!