Ah, corsages. Just thinking about them brings us right back to our high school prom! (Anyone have an embarrassing story they want to share?) But that’s not the only thing they’re good for. Mothers of the bride and groom often wear them at weddings, and they’re a nice touch if you’re going to a fancy event like a gala.
And they’re pretty!
But let’s face it… those traditional rose and baby’s breath corsages are kind of outdated. Florists put baby’s breath in pretty much every arrangement in the 1990s, so any corsage with baby’s breath in it screams vintage, and not in the cool way!
Corsages are easily updated by putting trendy flowers and plants in them, though. And what’s trendier than succulents?
If you want to learn how to make a succulent corsage that will be the envy of all your friends, then keep on reading!
Materials You Need for a Succulent Corsage
If you’re not the craftiest person, like us, we found these large and small readymade pull bows— a great alternative instead of making our own. All you have to do is pull some strings and the bow will form itself! They come in all different sizes and colors, so you’ll be able to find one that fits your wrist and matches your dress.
You’ll also need your favorite succulents, air plants or flowers to put on the corsage. We like to take one succulent cutting that’s bigger than all the others and make it the focal point of the corsage. Echeverias and Hens and Chicks are great for this because they have beautiful, colorful rosettes that look a lot like flowers!
For the smaller cuttings, we like to use Jade or Jelly Bean succulents because they have interesting leaf shapes and textures. Small flowers like Forget-Me-Nots also look great alongside succulent cuttings!
Methodology Behind Making a Succulent Corsage
Before you begin, grab your corsage bracelet and lay it on a flat surface. If you’re making your own bow, get out the satin ribbon, floral wire, and your pair of scissors.
Making the Bow
To make the bow, cut a long string of ribbon off of the spool. You’ll form the bow by looping and twisting the ribbon, just like the woman does in this video. Once you’ve formed the ribbon, you’ll secure it with some of the floral wire.
If you’re using a pull bow, get it ready by pulling the strings. If you need a little help, here’s a great video tutorial!
Next, you’re going to want to secure the bow to the corsage bracelet. Put a dab of floral glue in the center of the floral bracelet and on the bow you just made. Wait a couple of seconds for the glue to get tacky and then secure the bow to the bracelet.
Now grab your scissors and cut the loop in the center of the bow. (A plant trimmer like this might be super helpful, it’s very durable!) This is where your main succulent or flower will go.
Attaching Your Succulents
Grab the plant or flower cutting you’re using and put a dab of floral glue on the back. Put a little glue on the bow too to ensure that it sticks. Wait for the glue to get a little tacky and place the cutting on the bow, applying a little pressure to make sure it sticks.
Now you’ll want to take some small cuttings from your plants and attach them to the bow. Apply glue and tuck them in wherever you think they’ll look good. There’s no right or wrong way to place your plants!
If you want to get a little fancy, you can also add rhinestones or pearls to your corsage. You can attach them with a dab of floral glue. They’ll add a little extra glamour and elegance to your succulent corsage!
You’re all done! Now all that’s left to do is leave the corsage out to dry for a little while. After it’s done drying, stick it in the fridge—it’ll stay fresh in there for about a week.
When you’re ready to wear it, adjust the succulent corsage bracelet to fit your wrist and show it off to all your friends!
Now that you know how to make a succulent corsage, are you going to try it? Let us know in the comments section below and post your creation to ur exclusive succulent- loving Facebook group!
For some inspiration, check out our Pinterest to help find the perfect succulents for your corsage. If you’ve made one already, please let us know too! We’d love to see them. Before you go, if you want a FREE 30 day trial to Amazon Prime, feel free to sign up here. Our team member just notified the entire team not too long ago that we partnered with Amazon for this!
Happy crafting & happy planting! ?