Wedding Essentials: All About Corsages!
When it comes to weddings, there are a lot of little detailed pieces that you may want to consider adding to your special day! Corsages are a great way to help give some of the special women in your life an identifier to others as to just how important they are to you and your significant other. Here are a few ways to create them!
Ribbon Tied Wrist Corsage
One of the most common corsage types is created on a piece of 1.5-2" wide ribbon. Our favorite part of using this version is that it will fit any wrist size perfectly!
If you want to use a pre-made wristlet (some of our favorites have elastic pearl bands, elastic sparkle bands or even a metal cuff bracelet!), here are a few tips to get you started!
It is often asked how you can build your corsage on the center piece of a corsage wristlet since most are either plastic or metal and generally have holes which would not be fun for hot glue to fall through! For the most part, I use a 2" felt circle (you can find them here), cut it down to the size of the center piece and use E6000 to glue it on.
A couple of notes:
- I generally use white felt but wanted to make sure it was visible for this tutorial, hence the bright pink! I do love a good pink moment though so this might become my signature thing.
- Using E6000 means you should let it dry for a few hours before building your corsage out. This does mean a little more planning ahead but the bond will be very secure and you won't have to worry about anything falling off the band on your special day!
The best part about corsages is that you can use all of those greenery and filler bits you've been collecting from all of your bigger projects! For this corsage, I wanted to start with three silver dollar eucalyptus leaves and using hot glue, glued them down in an almost clover pattern (top right picture).
Next, I added three pieces of the leafy part of the sage greenery mix. I positioned them to lay between the eucalyptus leaves to help expand the shape of the overall piece.
The last step for this greenery base was to add some of the wispy, tiny leaf pieces from the sage greenery mix.
Now comes the exciting stuff - time to add your flowers and any colorful filler bits!
For the flowers, I used one 2.5" Louise and two 1.5" Thelmas (they make a very natural flower team!). Adding them can be a little tricky but I try to add all three flowers before the hot glue is completely dry. That way, I can manipulate them tightly together so there are minimal gaps at the top of the corsage to try and fill.
With the flowers glued on, you will see there are small gaps between them on the outside of the corsage. These three areas are the perfect spot to add in volume with fuller greenery pieces (bottom left picture) and the colorful fillers (bottom right picture).
Slap Bracelet Corsage
Here is a fun twist on a wrist corsage - add your greenery and florals to a slap bracelet! Great for weddings or feeling like superhero in the grocery store
Sometimes, a wrist corsage is not what mom or grandma are looking to wear! You can use the same steps for building a corsage but with a simple twist, create a beautiful pin-on version that can be worn on a dress, purse, blazer, etc.
To create the base for the pin-on/magnetic corsage, I started with a 2" wood round and used E6000 to glue a magnet* onto the wood. Especially with magnets, it is important to use a strong glue that will hold the magnet on.
*Please note - magnets are not recommended to be worn by anyone who has a pacemaker or other condition that may be impacted by their pull*
E6000 can be somewhat of a pain because it takes 24 hours to fully cure but a fun hack to ensure the magnet stays in place while drying is to attach a magnet to the other side of the wood round! When lined up with the glued magnet, it will hold it there firmly so you don't have to worry about it shifting from the center.
Once the glue has dried, remove the magnet from the front (the non-glued one) and you can begin building your greenery base, flowers and colorful fillers on that side.
Those are three of the most common types of corsages seen for your wedding day! Happy crafting!
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