With Sara and Brandon's wedding a few months out, I will be posting quite a few DIY projects. This week, I brushed up on my corsage making skills. I followed an excellent DIY guide from, none other than, Ms. Martha Stewart. This tutorial helps describe how to create a modern update to the corsage.Things you will need: Floral stem wire 1/2'' Floral tape Thick ribbon Wire cutters A big bloom (I used a Camellia flower) Greens (mine came from the Camellia tree) Here are the steps, courtesy of Martha:
- 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.
I still need more practice but we are on our way!
The bloom also looked lovely floating in one of Sara's vases.
The photo below is from a few weeks ago when we did a sunrise bike ride.
Check that off the bucket list!