With Lisianthus, Lavender & Burgundy Scabiosa, Tweedia & Calycina Heather

 How to Make a Corsage   
  
 
  
    
  
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How to Make a Corsage

What you need:

  • 1 stem white Lisianthus (large flower cut 3.5 ", unopened flower cut 4.25")
  • 1 Lavender Scabiosa (cut 3.5 inches)
  • 1 Burgundy Scabiosa (cut 4" & 2.5 inches)
  • 2 sprigs Tweedia (cut 5 inches)
  • 1 sprig Calycina Heather (cut 5 inches)
  • 18.5 inches of 1/2 inch sheer pink ribbon
  • floral tape (purchase here)
  • 24 gauge green enameled paddle wire
  • 1 corsage pin
  • Tools:

  • small garden shears (purchase here) or regular garden shears (purchase here)
  • heavy duty scissors (99 cent store)
  • fabric scissors

Steps: 5

Rated: Easy

There are many times when it's really cool to know how to make a corsage.  Whether it is for homecoming, prom, a formal dance, a wedding, or Mother's Day.  Once you learn the techniques, then you can adapt and use your creativity to achieve the look that you want to match the colors you are using.

We can thank the French for the word "corsage".  It sounds French doesn't it?  It means bodice or the upper part of a dress.  In the 15th century, flowers pinned to the middle of the bodice of a dress were called "bouquet de corsage".  The wearing of flowers and fruits at weddings however, was practiced as far back as the Ancient Greeks to ward off evil spirits.  The Greeks wore flowers and herbs either pinned to their clothes or carried.  See: https://www.gardenguides.com/113340-types-flowers-corsages.html

If you have your flowers, ribbon and supplies, let's begin.

 You will use paddle wire and heavy duty scissors to cut it.

You will use paddle wire and heavy duty scissors to cut it.

 Stick wire through calyx of Lisianthus flower.

Stick wire through calyx of Lisianthus flower.

 Bring wire down on both sides of the flower extending past about 1.5  inches.

Bring wire down on both sides of the flower extending past about 1.5  inches.

 Cut 2 springs of Tweedia about 5 inches long.

Cut 2 springs of Tweedia about 5 inches long.

 Add a piece of Calycina Heather about 5 inches long.

Add a piece of Calycina Heather about 5 inches long.

 Wire through calyx of a Lisianthus bud cut 4.25 inches. Add  4 inch Burgundy Scabiosa.

Wire through calyx of a Lisianthus bud cut 4.25 inches. Add  4 inch Burgundy Scabiosa.

 Add 3.5 inch Lavender Scabiosa.

Add 3.5 inch Lavender Scabiosa.

 Add 2.5 inch Burgundy Scabiosa to right of Lavender Scabiosa. Wrap with floral tape.

Add 2.5 inch Burgundy Scabiosa to right of Lavender Scabiosa. Wrap with floral tape.

 Continue wrapping.

Continue wrapping.

 Double wire back and curve it.  Then finish wrapping it.

Double wire back and curve it.  Then finish wrapping it.

 Like this.

Like this.

 Cut 18.5 inches of 1/2 inch  sheer pink ribbon.

Cut 18.5 inches of 1/2 inch  sheer pink ribbon.

 Place corsage in middle of ribbon.  Wrap by crossing ribbon, wrapping, crossing, etc.

Place corsage in middle of ribbon.  Wrap by crossing ribbon, wrapping, crossing, etc.

 Tie a tight knot.

Tie a tight knot.

 Tie a bow.  Cut ends at a 45 degree angle.

Tie a bow.  Cut ends at a 45 degree angle.

 You are done.  Keep in a baggie, or clear plastic box in the refrigerator until it is time to wear it.  Enjoy.

You are done.  Keep in a baggie, or clear plastic box in the refrigerator until it is time to wear it.  Enjoy.