How to make your own corsage with faux flowers
DIY FAUX CORSAGE: how to make your own wrist corsage using fake flowers
Real corsages are gorgeous! But they can be a little pricey, especially for being a small part of fancy attire. Learn how to make your own corsage with faux flowers.
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Our small town held a father-daughter dance and I really wanted my girls to feel extra special and wear a corsage. Since my husband was taking three of our four daughters I figured it would be more cost-effective if I ordered them from a big chain grocery florist. I looked online and they were $20+ per corsage plus $20 for my husband’s boutonniere. A total of $80 for accent flowers… definitely not in the budget.
What I did instead was take a trip to our local Walmart and picked out some inexpensive flowers, hair ties, and floral tape. I spent a total of $13 and everyone got a beautiful corsage or boutonniere to wear to the fancy father-daughter dance.
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How to make your own corsage with faux flowers
DIY fake flower corsage
- faux round roses
- faux baby's breath
- faux spring flower bunch
green floral tape
black hair tie (elastic pony tail holder)
gorilla glue hot glue sticks
- Cut a rectangle that is smaller than the width of the wrist. This is what you will glue your flowers to. Then, cut a second rectangle that is a little smaller than the first rectangle.
- Pick out 2 main flowers (round rosettes) for the corsage, these will be the faux corsage focal point. Remove the roses from their stems then cut them flush at the bottom of the flower so that the bottom side of the flower is flat.
- Start adding smaller florals around the main flowers. Don't glue anything down just yet.
- Once your'e happy with the floral placement you can attach the accent flower stems together. Basically, make double-ended floral stem. These do not have to be identical. Then wrap the middle of the double-ended floral stem in green floral tape to keep them together.
- Next, placed them on the bigger rectangle to see where exactly you want them before hot gluing anything down. This is the time to trim your felt down if you need to.
- Now, use your glue gun to glue everything to the felt. First, glued down the double ended floral, let that dry so that it gets secure. Then I glue down the main focal point flowers, the round roses.
- Fill in the gaps where the corsage seems to be bare. You can cut down larger florals stems and leaves to add in for filler. Add a dab of glue to the ends and place it on the corsage.
- Once you are happy with how the cosage looks and the glue is dry you can add the hair tie to hold it onto the wrist. You want to glue the hair tie onto the corsage so that the corsage lays vertically against the wrist. In other words, glue the hair tie so that it sits on the rectangle horizontally. After that glue has dried add the second rectangle on top of hair tie so that the hair tie is sandwiched in between the two pieces of felf. This will make it extra secure and the most comfortable option for wearing the corsage.
I found everything I needed at Walmart. The glue sticks, hot glue gun, and felt were things I already had on hand so I didn’t need to purchase those items. There were a lot of materials leftover so I used some of the extra florals in their hair for little accents and then still had some leftover. I couldn’t believe it cost around $3 per corsage to make. That beats $20 per fresh flower wrist corsage any day!
Make this DIY even more inexpensive by visiting your local DOLLAR TREE. They have a great floral selection depending on the season.
Make your own faux floral corsage
1. CUT BASE CORSAGE PIECES
I cut a rectangle that was smaller than the width of one of my daughter’s wrists. This is what I glued my flowers to. Then, I cut a second rectangle that was a little smaller than the first rectangle.
2. CHOOSE MAIN FLOWERS
Pick out two main flowers for the focal point. I used these gorgeous round roses I found at my local Walmart that were about $3 per stem. Use 2 main flowers for a corsage and 1 main flower for a boutonniere. I pulled the round rose flower heads off of their stems then cut them flush at the bottom of the flower so that the bottom side of the flower was flat.
3. LAYER THE FLORALS
I started layering the flowers that surrounded the main flowers. This took me a little while to get the flowers where I wanted them to go. I used a combination of baby’s breath, lavender, and a spring flower bunch. I had to trim them up here and there, so don’t be afraid to do that too. This will keep your corsage from being gigantic. See the picture below, I had to trim down the lavender stems so that they wouldn’t be so long. I did this carefully making sure I wasn’t removing too much.
4. ATTACH THE FAKE FLOWERS TOGETHER
I attached the accent flower stems together. Basically, I made double-ended floral stems. I tried to make them somewhat similar in size in both length and width so that the corsage wasn’t lopsided. I didn’t make them identical, I used different accent flowers on each end but was sure to incorporate baby’s breath on each end. Then I wrapped the middle of the double-ended floral stem in green floral tape to keep them together.
5. SITUATE FLOWERS ON THE FELT
I placed them on the bigger rectangle to see where exactly I wanted to place them before I started gluing anything down. This is the time to trim your felt down if you need to.
6. HOT GLUE IN PLACE
Then I used my glue gun to glue everything down to the felt. I first glued down the double-ended floral stem I made. Let that dry so that it gets secure. Then I glued down the main focal point flowers, the round roses.
7. FILL IN GAPS
Fill in the gaps. After I got the roses glued down and the glue dried I added in more accent flowers where I thought the corsage was bare. Cut off single leaves to use, this spring bunch I picked up had the most beautiful soft lambs ear-like leaves. I added in several of those leaves where I thought they would look good. I attached some to the sides of the roses, I also did this with the baby’s breath. Before I glued them down I was sure to double-check I liked that placement. A tiny dab of glue is all you need for these little pieces.
8. ADD ELASTIC
Once I was happy with how it looks and the glue was dry I flipped it over and added a thick hair tie. While recording this tutorial I actually attached my hair tie the wrong way. For the most comfort, I suggest gluing on the hair tie so that the corsage lays vertically against the wrist. So you would want to attach your hair tie so that it would sit on the rectangle horizontally. Once that glue dries glue the second rectangle on top of the hair tie so that the hair tie is sandwiched in-between the two pieces of felt. This will make it really secure and will be difficult for the elastic to come off.
I hope you enjoyed this inexpensive tutorial. Like with all of my posts, if you have any questions at all please don’t hesitate to ask.