Monday, October 22, 2012

Bracelet Turned Wrist Corsage

This beautiful little wrist corsage started with a cuff bracelet, a few fresh flowers and floral tape.  It only takes about 10 minutes to make and could be done easily for a gift for girls and women for any special occasion.  It is inexpensive and has great sentimental value as well.

What you will need:
1 cuff bracelet - I found this with a bundle of bangles for $12 marked 50% off.  I kept the rest of the bracelets for myself so I spent about $1 on this one.
1 stem lisianthus - $1.99 per stem
1 stem baby's breath - $.79 per stem
1 stem mini spray roses - $1.99 per stem
1 stem asparagus plumosus - $.89 per stem
small ribbon - $.99 per roll

We have a farm market nearby that sells arrangements or by the stem for $1.99 or less each.  Roses are $.99 per stem or $9.99 per dozen unarranged - that makes it very affordable to make your own big arrangements or unique gifts like this.  This cost me under $8 and would have been easily twice that for a wrist corsage make on an elastic band rather than a nice keepsake bracelet.

I started with a simple cuff bracelet in colors I knew would coordinate with what the couple was wearing (I knew they were going for all black and white and that the girl's favorite color was hot pink.).  I took a single Lisianthus (the white flower) and trimmed it leaving a stem of about 1/2 inch.  I wrapped this with floral tape. Then I added a small sprig of Asparagus plumosus behind the lisianthus and wrapped well with floral tape.  I took trimmed four mini spray roses so they were each left with about 1/2 inch stem and wrapped each stem separately.  I added the mini spray roses on top of the lisianthus in a cluster.  I added another sprig of asparagus plumosus and a small sprig of baby's breath.  I wrapped all this well with the floral tape.  Then using the floral tape, I wrapped the flower bundle onto the bracelet working from the base of the flower to the end of the stems and back again.  I tied a nice coordinating ribbon over the base of the bundle so that no floral tape was visible from the top.  You could use hot glue to secure the whole bundle and ribbon further but I did not.  

You will not want to make this until the day of the event due to the sensitivity of the lisianthus.  If it were all roses, you could do ahead and refrigerate.  Either way, store this in a box in the refrigerator as close to the event time as possible.


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Michelle Day said...

This corsage turned out beautiful. What a great idea to use a bracelet. Thanks so much for linking up to Creative Thursday. Can’t wait to see what you share this week! Have a wonderful week.