Make A Wrist Corsage Like A Pro With The Help Of These Tips
I really like this video about how to design a wrist corsage. Not only is it a solid tutorial, but it really highlights a facet of floral design that, in my opinion, is not fully appreciated.
Face it. Tons of DIY wedding flower tutorials can be found online.
Most of them focus on making wedding bouquets and centerpieces, but very few on flowers to wear, like corsages and boutonnieres.
Every now and then, I run across a video that covers an “old school” technique that in my opinion, is really worth sharing with aspiring DIYers, as well as seasoned floral designers.
This wrist corsage tutorial by John McDonald is one of those. Watch and see.
A pretty helpful tutorial, don’t you think? I certainly thought so. But the reason I like it may surprise you.
As I mentioned, I happen to think that corsage design is the most under-appreciated area of floral design.
And here’s why.
Corsage Design – An Under-Appreciated Facet of Floral Design.
The average person simply isn’t aware of what goes into creating custom floral design work like corsages.
Floral designs, including corsages, are all about perceived value.
After all, how much can it cost to attach a couple of simple flowers to a wristband, anyway?
Let me give you an example.
Wrist Corsages – A Breakdown of Costs
In this video, the retail cost of the materials used is already $15-$20 before even starting to put the corsage together.
That includes the flowers and foliage used, the type of corsage bracelet, plus the floral supplies and packaging. It adds up fast.
Then there’s the labor involved.
An experienced floral designer should be able to make a wrist corsage like this one in 10 to 15 minutes.
Plus several more minutes to prep and wire all of the flowers, foliage, and ribbon used. So maybe 18 to 25 minutes in total.
My guess is that’s pretty much the benchmark in most shops.
That’s why you can expect to pay $30 to $50 for a custom-designed wrist corsage from an experienced, professional florist.
Sure, you can make a wrist corsage using one or two flowers (John mentions that in the video), or use floral glue rather than wiring.
But in my experience, it doesn’t speed up or simplify the process much, if at all.
Want to Try Your Hand at Making a Wrist Corsage?
If you’ve got the time and want to give it a shot, I would encourage you to do so. It’s an essential floral design skill that you should have in your arsenal.
Once you try it, I’m certain you’ll come away with a greater appreciation of what it takes to create a beautiful wrist corsage and an appreciation of how easy the pros make it look.
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I’m the owner of Greenfield Flower Shop and the voice behind this blog.
I’ve curated a lot of very helpful floral design tutorials on this site, most geared toward the DIY crowd.
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I get asked all kinds of questions about flowers and plants. I thought it would be a good idea to create a site to send people to help answer their questions.
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I’m the owner of Greenfield Flower Shop in Milwaukee, with more than 40 years of experience in the floral, wedding, and event business.