How to Make a Corsage

Corsages are usually three or more clusters of boutonnieres sometimes with greenery, filler, and, ribbon. The process is the same for making corsages as it is for boutonnieres

A boutonniere is the male equivalent of the female corsage. The boutonniere is usually a collection of one or two small flowers, with perhaps an accent of a bit of baby’s breath or fern. Most often, the boutonniere is worn for formal occasions, such as weddings or proms. It is always pinned to the left lapel of the tuxedo or suit.

The Basic Corsage


  • Wire and tape flowers and foliage in a manner appropriate to the type of material selected.

Styling the Corsage:

  1. Hold the top flower in one hand. Add a small piece of foliage behind the flower.
  2. Add the second flower, below and to the side of the first flower Tape to secure.
  3. Continue adding flowers, alternating sides and lowering the position with each flower addition. Add foliage as the corsage is developed.
  4. Once the desired width has been achieved, begin tapering the corsage, alternating the flower positions until the bottom of the corsage is balanced with the top.
  5. Add foliage to complete the look. Tape to secure.
  6. Add a bow, if desired. Cut off excess wired stems.

Note that the flower stems can be taped together after each flower is positioned. However, the corsage will be lighter and have a more relaxed took if minimal tape is used.

Some designers prefer to style the complete corsage before wiring the stems together and taping to secure.

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