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DIY Boutonnieres & Corsages Step-by-Step

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I was going to order my bouts & corsages from www.budget-brides.com but I ran out of time to get them in by my wedding without going with the upgraded shipping and that put them out of my prices range so I decided to DIY with some help from the directions on their site. These are my bouquets that I ordered from eBay. I added the blue flowers, ribbon, and rhinestones.

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After an exhaustive search, I was able to find matching roses at Save on Crafts, Wedding Supplies, Flowers, Tulle, Lights, Decorations & Discount Craft Supplies Save-on-crafts I purchased 2 dozen. They were on sale for 50% off so they were $17.78 per dozen. Silk Roses Mango Orange & Cream Princess Roses 12 for $17.78 I also bought the white flower tape and wristlets from there.

 

My supplies:

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The roses came so nicely packaged I almost hated to have to rip the heads off!

 

I bought the blue flowers from Jo-Anns. They were having a sale so they were buy one, get one half off. The brighter blue flowers (that are in the bouquets as well) were $1.99 and the smaller ones were $1.29 I got 2 of each kind so the cheaper ones were half off. Not pictured is floral wire I picked up at Walmart and a candle.

 

The first step is to get the rose off the step. For some of the flowers I was just able to pull on the greenery and the plastic green tubing that surrounds the wire came off. Other times the wire came out too. When that happens, heat up the floral wire using a candle.

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Then poke it through the base of the rose. The plastic was kind of think on mine so I had to push it through one side and then the other and it often took a few tries.

 

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Then bend the wire around so that it's as skinny as possible. I used the wire cutters (pliers) to close it together good.

 

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Then you take the floral tape and wrap it tightly around the wire. I found it easiest to leave the tape stationary and spin the flower. I don't know why it took me until flower #3 to figure that out.

 

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Then add any other greenery or floral you want and wrap with floral tape. I chose to just stick with the blue flowers and a little floral spray I picked up at Michaels for $1.99 per pack of 6.

 

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The finished product!

 

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And yes, I made 14!

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The steps for the corsage are pretty much the same. The only difference is to start, you wrap all your flowers individually.

 

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You then stagger them and wrap them, one at a time, with floral tape until you have the look you want. I also added a bow.

 

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I then attached it to the wristlet & viola!

 

Hope that helps someone!

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