How to Make an Easy, Stylish Corsage & Boutonniere

Save money on your wedding day, prom or other flower-worthy occasion by handcrafting a gorgeous boutonniere and corsage from inexpensive grocery store flowers.

August 08, 2019

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

Photo By: Cassidy Garcia

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It's Easier Than You Think

Whether you're looking to save money or want to try your hand at flower arranging, crafting a DIY corsage or boutonniere for your next big event is a great place to start. All you need is your favorite grocery store flowers and a few basic supplies.

DIY Corsage: What You'll Need

To make a corsage, you'll need: corsage bracelet, corsage box, corsage glue, thin ribbon, a statement bloom, filler flower and greenery. We used two white spray roses, myrtle greenery and lavender statice as a filler.

Make a Bow

Make a quick, easy bow by looping ribbon back and forth until you have three loops on each side. Hold loosely in the center with your finger, and snip off excess ribbon at an angle. If you don't love the look of ribbon, skip this step.

Tie It Off

Use excess ribbon to tie a knot around the center, securing the bow. Snip off remaining ribbon at an angle, leaving a 1-inch tail on either side.

Prep Bracelet

We bought our corsage bracelet from the florist, but you can easily find them at your local craft store or, sometimes, big box stores. Most corsage bracelets come with an attached flat metal piece meant for arranging flowers on.

Tuck Metal Flaps

We've found that the center metal piece is slightly too large and often shows through the arrangement. To remedy this issue, fold over the sides and tuck them securely underneath until no metal is left poking out.

Ready for Ribbon

Once your bracelet looks like this, it's ready for next steps.

Let's Talk Corsage Glue

Because of its phenomenal staying power and ability to bond to wet surfaces, corsage glue is perfect for floral work. You can buy this glue online or from your local florist (we used Oasis Floral Adhesive). It is extremely sticky and creates a very strong bond, so work quickly and be careful not to get it on your hands.

Attach Ribbon

Add a circle of corsage glue to the metal base of the corsage bracelet, allowing it to air for about 10 seconds. Once tacky, attach finished ribbon bow. Hold in place for about a minute or until dry.

Add Greenery

Your favorite greenery acts as a base for the corsage flowers. We chose myrtle because it was readily available at the grocery store and is a historically meaningful wedding flower — it's been used in every British royal wedding bouquet since Queen Victoria! Cut a couple of short pieces, about 2-3 inches, and arrange on each side of the ribbon. Once you're happy with the look, attach with corsage glue and let dry.

See More Photos: 170 Years of British Royal Wedding Bouquets

Prep Blooms

Choose a statement flower, like spray roses or button mums, that's small enough to wear on your wrist but hardy enough to last out of water for the duration of your event. Cut one to three stems of your chosen bloom just below the bud. For a longer-lasting corsage, place a dot of glue on the bottom of each freshly cut stem to help seal and hold in the moisture. Next, glue the bloom to the center of the corsage, facing up, making sure to hide the glue and greenery stems from the previous step.

Fill in Holes

Cover up your glue work and fill out your arrangement with a pretty filler flower. These are usually inexpensive stems like baby's breath, hypericum berries, wax flower and statice that add color and texture to the finished corsage. Cut short stems (about three inches long), add corsage glue and tuck into the empty sections on each side of the arrangement until you're happy with the look.

Store in the Fridge

Carefully place your finished corsage in a plastic corsage box and place in the center shelf of the refrigerator, not touching the back and side walls. The walls of a fridge tend to be extremely cold and can cause your gorgeous creation to wilt and die prematurely. Store until ready to wear, but no longer than 24 hours.

DIY Boutonniere: What You'll Need

To make this easy boutonniere, you'll need: corsage glue, thin ribbon, twine or burlap, boutonniere pins, a boutonniere box, sticky floral tape or electrical tape, stems of greenery and filler flower and one or two hearty statement blooms. We used myrtle, dusty miller, lavender statice and white spray rose.

Build Your Base

Cut stems of greenery to about 3-5 inches long — we used two stems of myrtle and one stem of dusty miller. Arrange greenery in a fan-like shape, ensuring the back will lay flat against a lapel.

Add Color

Holding the stems of greenery loosely, yet firmly, arrange two or three pieces of filler flower a third of the way down the greenery. Repeat with your statement bloom, situating it at the bottom center of the boutonniere.

Secure With Floral Tape

Wrap sticky floral tape (not the more common self-adhesive kind) or a thin strip of electrical tape tightly around the stems, securing in place.

Trim the Ends

Snip uneven stems with floral clippers just below the tape. The boutonniere stem should be about two inches or long enough to secure with boutonniere pins.

Cover Up the Tape

Hide ugly floral tape with ribbon, twine or burlap that matches the themes of your event. We used a short piece of burlap ribbon. Place a dot of corsage glue at the back of the boutonniere stem, and press the ribbon into the glue. Let dry (about a minute). Wrap the length of the stem — we only had to wrap once because our ribbon was the same width as the length of the stem — and secure in the back with another dot of corsage glue. Let dry, then trim off excess ribbon.

Pin It

Place two, long boutonniere pins into the center of the stem to be used later on. This ensures the pins don't get lost before the event and makes for a pretty presentation.

Store It

Store in the fridge (following the same guidelines as the corsage storage above) for up to 24 hours. When ready to wear, adorn your groom or prom date with a handsome, floral accessory you made yourself!

Be Creative

The sky's the limit when it comes to boutonniere design. Get inspired by 30 of our favorite, stylish ideas below.

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