Corsages are a bundle of flowers, usually worn on either a dress or wrist, which signifies that someone special or important to the event. It’s basically a boutonniere on steroids. They can be small or large depending on the taste and size of the woman wearing it. Last week I showed you the succulent boutonniere that is the companion to this corsage – usually the two coordinate.
The asters I used were bought at the Santa Barbara Farmers Market.
The ingredients lined up – I’ve bundled the lavender scallops with the 2 asters on the right.
Roses and carnations are common corsage flowers but you can use whatever blooms strike your fancy. Just make sure whatever you choose is not too delicate and will hold up for hours without major droop. Back in the day, I worked for a large florist in San Francisco and remember corsages being made with huge Cattleya Orchids – now those made a statement!
I like to use succulents when making corsages and boutonnieres because they hold up beautifully for hours, days and months with no water. If time is an issue, you can make the succulent clusters (or base – whatever you prefer to call it) up a week or so prior to the event. Add the flowers in the day before or day of – how sweet is that!
I tied a thin, sheer bow at the bottom of the stems, not the top.
- Wire cutters
- Stem wrap tape (sometimes called floral tape) – it comes in many other colors than green by the way.
- Floral design wire – green wire or covered. The green wire comes in paddle form also. Both covered & green wires are sold in 18? lengths. The gauge should be anywhere from 24 – 32.
- Optional: ribbon as a finishing touch.
- Flowers and succulents
All the above materials can be found at Michael’s or online by googling “floral supplies.”
For a howto on how this corsage was made simply click on the video below and you’ll see the step by steps
I nipped the lavender scallops cuttings from this plant in my garden!