How to Make a Flower Corsage

Wire and Tape Method

Corsage ribbon is usually narrow and sometimes referred to as "#3" or "#5" by professional florists.  It comes in a vast array of colors and styles.   Professional bolts usually have a lot more yardage than the ribbon you find at discount stores or bargain outlets.  This makes it more uniform since the ribbon is all from one dye lot.

I prefer a stiffer ribbon, reinforced by a microfiliment on the sides or wired sides. This just makes it easier to twist into crisp loops that hold their shape nicely.

I often wire individual loops to tuck in among the blooms of the corsage.  It has a daintier look that one large single bow at the bottom of the corsage.

Pull the ribbon length off the spool and pinch between your fingers.

Wrap a flexible wire tightly around the base of the loop.  I don't tape these wires, because I keep the bulk down as much as possible in corsages.

Wrap over the center of the cut ribbon, bending  the fold of the ribbon over the wire as you twist it tightly.  Hint:  If you twist the ribbon instead of the wire, the twist goes up tightly into the ribbon loop.

Now tape the finished wire stem with the cut end of the ribbon loop going upward.

Another way is to cut off a length of ribbon and fold over into a gentle loop.

Fold the bottom part upward, so the two tails are pointed straight up.

Then tightly wind the wire at the base of the loop where the fold is located.

Tape the base tightly and create more loops.  Use sharp ribbon shears to snip the ends of the ribbon into a sharp point or a "V" shape.